Western Heads East Applications - Deadline: March 30

Western Heads East is a collaboration between Western staff, students, faculty and African partners using probiotic food to contribute to health and sustainable development. For the past 12 years, Western Heads East has provided internship opportunities for Western students with our African partners. Students gain valuable international experience while contributing to real needs as defined by the universities, hospitals and NGOs with whom we work. Senior undergraduate and graduate student applications are welcome from a range of faculties.

The opportunities include:

Aga Khan University (AKU) and Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) are seeking four Western interns in Nairobi, Kenya. The AKU Hospital CEO and Director of Human Resources are interested in two interns: 1. Financial Analyst:Help with determining bundle payment for various projects based on activity-based accounting principles and perform capitation analysis in emerging markets/economies. 2. Operations Management Intern:mapping of the existing processes and proposing re-engineering solutions.

AKF is looking for two interns to conduct a feasibility study of the probiotic yoghurt community kitchen as a hub for health information and a source of income for Community Health Educators in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, while increasing health and nutrition with the probiotic yoghurt.

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has taken a strong lead with the probiotic yoghurt program and has implemented a yoghurt kitchen on campus under the direction of the Food and Nutrition and Business Faculties. Students from these and other academic programs will work with faculty to make and sell the yoghurt on campus, provide education on nutrition and the health benefits of the probiotic yoghurt, and use proceeds to start community kitchens in the area around the campus in Nairobi, Kenya. The university will provide training, support and quality control to ensure the sustainable development of the community programs. JKUAT is seeking a team of six interns from business, social science, food and nutrition, science and health sciences to work with the student and faculty team on the many elements involved in getting this program off to a strong start.

Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS) Public Health Program is looking for six student interns (to comprise two multi-disciplinary teams of three) to research, develop and implement health promotion campaigns on two significant public health and safety concerns in Mwanza, Tanzania. One team will address the high rate of motor vehicle accidents modelling after a GPS warning system and the other team will address an increase in rabies infection. Both teams will be comprised of students from various faculties such as Information and Media Studies, Health Sciences, Social Sciences, and business. WHE interns will be paired with students in the Masters of Public Health program at CUHAS.

St. Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT) seeks six student interns to work on four projects with different local NGOs.   1) The evaluation of an anti-violence program with report and recommendations for the Kuvulini Women’s Rights Organization (two interns); 2) Research and development of a tour guide training manual for Mwanza City with an NGO called Makono Yetu;  3) Marketing campaign for products developed by an NGO called Education for Better Living which engages young mothers in entrepreneurship and computer training; and 4) Evaluation and report on the sustainability needs of nine probiotic yoghurt kitchens in Mwanza following the end of donor funding for people living with HIV/AIDS (two interns).

For more information and for students to apply for internships, visit www.uwo.ca/international/learning/go_abroad/work_intern_volunteer/