Our Summer Fellowship Program draws on talented, inquisitive and entrepreneurial graduate-level students who are working towards a degree in a field related to international development or business administration. Selected Summer Fellows go through an on-boarding process (either virtual or in person) to provide an in-depth look at the organization, the clients with whom they will be working, and the activities and objectives to be achieved during the summer. After the on-boarding, fellows are placed for 2 months in the field with either IMAGO’s country offices or one of IMAGO’s partner organizations.
The work with will be built around particular challenges in an organisations scale up process. It ranges from developing knowledge products that provide insight on their processes and theory of change, to market analyses and product testing, and scaling up through governments etc. Fellows are matched with organizations or an IMAGO country office based on their skill set, fit with the organization, and personal interest. Most of the organizations we currently work with are located in South Asia, United States Latin America and Africa. After their respective fieldwork fellows debrief and celebrate their experiences either in DC or Cambridge, depending on the cohort. Some fellows join virtually.
IMAGO foresees these fellowships being in person/ in the field but if COVID related complications arise we will move to remote fellowship opportunities.
Location: Field based opportunities, circumstances permitting – otherwise remote
- Potential Washington, DC trip before or after the fieldwork.
- India (IMAGO’s country office : work with Pratham and/or SEWA)
- Paraguay or other country using the stoplight (Poverty Stoplight)
- Houston Tx (PCIC)
- New York (Harlem’s Children)
- Paraguay (Southern Cone Office)
Below is a map of IMAGO's clients. Read more about some of the organizations IMAGO is currently working with:
- Poverty Stoplight was created by Fundación Parguaya as both a multi-dimensional self-assessment tool to measure living conditions, and an instrument for setting and acting on goals to move out of poverty, through personalized strategies to overcome specific deprivations. The Poverty Stoplight defines what it means "not to be poor" across 6 dimensions and 50 indicators. Each indicator is represented by three images and simple explanations that the family uses to complete a self-evaluated survey. Each image represents a situation which defines extreme poverty (red), poverty (yellow) and non-poverty (green). This helps identify the family's status for each specific indicator.
- Patient Care Intervention Center seeks to improve the provision of health care to high-need, high-cost vulnerable populations through the improved coordination of care and integrated data systems. PCIC’s data driven approach works to de-compartmentalize the too often segmented services that vulnerable communities need through facilitating the sharing of data across systems and providing intensive care coordination services to facilities and practitioners, including using data systems to make better decisions with their patients.
- The Harlem Children's Zone is a non-profit organization for poverty-stricken children and families living in Harlem, providing free support in the form of parenting workshops, a pre-school program, three charter schools, and child-oriented health programs for thousands of children and families
- Pratham is an innovative learning organization created to improve the quality of education in India. As one of the largest non-governmental organizations in the country, Pratham focuses on high-quality, low-cost and replicable interventions to address gaps in the education system. Working directly with children and youth as well as through large-scale collaborations with government systems, Pratham programs reach millions of lives every year. Pratham's Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) approach has demonstrated proven impact on children's learning outcomes and is now being adapted to contexts outside India.
- IMAGO Southern Cone Office (in Paraguay) – with the launching of our first regional hub, the Southern Cone (SC) office located in Paraguay, IMAGO is exploring what it means to scale up the way we work to reach more organizations. The Summer Fellow selected for this position will be working with Jimena Vallejo, SC director, in continuing to grow our presence in Colombia, Ecuador and Paraguay through the establishments of new partnerships, in the diversification and specialization of the services we give organizations, etc.
- The Self-Employed Women's Association is a union of poor women in India’s informal sector, deeply grounded in Gandhian values, that has grown to 2 million members over the past 40 years. SEWA plans to scale to 4 million members in the next 10 years. Imago has been working with SEWA for nearly six years. We have helped the organization prepare for this rapid growth with a focus on building the necessary pre-conditions for scaling in a way that is consistent with their values. Our work has included strategy work, capacity building, advice on IT, preparation for data integration and livelihood surveys. At the moment, IMAGO is supporting SEWA in two different projects:
- Scaling up RUDI through governments: RUDI Multi Trading Company Ltd. (RUDI) was launched in 2007 as the first for-profit enterprise owned and operated by SEWA. SEWA is a grassroots trade union registered in 1972 consisting of 1.7 million of self- employed women workers in India. IMAGO worked with RUDI to help them scale from 2014 to 2017. Starting in 2021, IMAGO is implementing a new project in partnership with SEWA to scale up RUDI through India’s flagship government project National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM). IMAGO, RUDI and NRLM will be working together to design a unique model for scaling up this sustainable business through government promoted self-help-groups using different support systems.
- MOVE project in partnership with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: IMAGO is supporting SEWA’s implementation of a five-year project (MOVE) through the design of an accelerator for the discovery and implementation of interventions across 5 social enterprises within SEWA. The project seeks to co-create the necessary organizational shifts that will solve the most important constraints that grassroots women collectives face to achieve the twin goals of financially sustainable growth and improvements of women’s economic well-being and agency. In this process, IMAGO is also leading an adaptive evaluation designed to take findings from this project into structured experimentation to find out what works and what doesn’t work. Under this grant we will also provide protocols and documentation for women collective enterprises that want to use and accelerator and tools to track whether these interventions work in specific women collectives.
- Current graduate-level student or recent graduate
- Background in Economics or Business
- Data management skills
- Experience living or working in a developing country
- Experience working with communities or social enterprises is highly desirable
- Commitment to working with the poor to help them become agents of their own destiny
Terms and Logistics
- IMAGO does not provide economic compensation, but strongly encourage students to apply for grants to cover travel and living expenses. IMAGO will support these applications with documentation, letters, etc. as needed.
- Our partner organizations usually help Fellows navigate the field logistics like finding housing, etc.
The application for the IMAGO Fellowship is open between December 20, 2020 and February 21, 2021.
- First round: send your CV and a statement of purpose detailing why are you interested in working with IMAGO, as well as the top 2 organizations you would be interested in as a possible placement (from our active clients). The statement of purpose should not be more than 500 words. Please send the documents across labelled In the following format CV_ First Name_Last Name & SOP _ First Name_Last Name
- Second round: Virtual interview with Smriti Iyer
- Third round: Final Interview with Isabel Guerrero.
2021 SUMMER INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:
1. Web Developer
The Web Developer will work closely with the IMAGO team to create and manage IMAGO’s media and communication content. This includes improving website design, giving suggestions to optimize web content, working in coordination with cross-functional teams to design, develop, and maintain our websites and web tools. The individual must be comfortable working as part of a team while taking the initiative to take lead on new innovations and projects.
2. Visual Storyteller
The Visual storyteller will work closely with the IMAGO team to create new content in the form of infographics, videos and other interactive content which includes editing client videos and helping record content for our scaling up courses.
- Pursuing a degree in either Advertising, Animation, Communication, Graphic Design ,Interactive Design or Film Making
- Excellent written communication
- Self-motivated, proactive, collaborative, able to work independently and as a team player
- Passionate about visual storytelling, branding, design, and creativity. Thinks outside of the box, comes forward with new ideas and has a unique vision; wants to make the best work possible; able to adapt and learn new skills and inspired by new challenges
- Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and preferably After Effects)
- Proficiency with WordPress
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365 Suite with a special emphasis on creating PowerPoint Presentations Experience working with communities or social enterprises is highly desirable
- Commitment and interest to working with the poor to help them become agents of their own destiny
Terms and Logistics:
IMAGO does not provide economic compensation, but strongly encourage students to apply for grants to cover travel and living expenses where applicable. IMAGO will support these applications with documentation, letters, etc. as needed.
All applications should be send to Smriti Iyer: email@example.com with the subject line: IMAGO Internship, Name of applicant.
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org