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Title: GEM Community Initiative Challenge (CIC) 

Duration: 3-month internship (June 1, 2020 – August 31 2020) 

Stipend for interns: USD 100 per month ( USD 80 stipend and USD 20 for communication)

Location: Remote

Number of interns: 12 total interns, working in localized groups of 3. 

Platforms: Google Classroom and Zoom 

The GEM Community Initiative Challenge (CIC) is an opportunity for GEM students to engage in a three-month internship focused on tackling a healthcare or business challenge in their local communities. In localized challenge groups, students will propose a community initiative in the form of a project proposal, an implementation plan, and a project pitch presentation. These deliverables will be produced after a series of training, workshops, and assignments as well as coaching and mentorship from their team supervisor. 

In the first iteration of the CIC, students will be tackling challenges around the COVID-19 pandemic, prompted by the following parameters: 

  • Business: Identify a refugee-run business in your community that has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Propose a project to help the business bounce back from this challenge. 
  • Healthcare: Identify a healthcare or civil society initiative that is tackling the COVID-19 pandemic in your community. Propose a project to help the program accelerate or improve its impact. 

Students are required to coordinate themselves into localized mixed-gender teams of 3. Teams are required to complete the Project Proposal Application template where they will have to propose their group’s initial project ideas on both prompts. This application is extremely competitive as only 4 teams with exceptional project ideas will be chosen to participate.

For any questions or queries, please email Prashana Rampersad ( by Monday, 18 May 2020

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