Internship Title/Role: GLI/Cornell Conference Planning Intern — Global Livingston Institute (GLI)

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2020 Internship Project Pathways Deck 

About Global Livingston Institute (GLI): The Global Livingston Institute (GLI), is a research and education-based nonprofit organization committed to educating students and community leaders on innovative approaches to international development and empowering awareness, collaboration, conversations and personal growth. GLI is committed to improving communities globally. 

When we took our first group of students to Uganda and Rwanda in 2009, we could have never imagined that we would host hundreds of travelers, partner with the people of Kabale, Uganda to form a unique hybrid of job creation, education, and community development at the Entusi Resort and Retreat Center on Lake Bunyonyi, or host the largest, free music festival in East Africa. 

We continue to be inspired by the idea that if we bring the right people to the table, work collaboratively, and think big and differently, we can shift the dialogue surrounding international development and create lasting positive change to communities both at home and abroad. 

That is where our interns come in! 



Internship Title/Role: GLI/Cornell Conference Planning Intern 

Program Area(s): Research, Trips/Academic Partnerships, Partnerships 

Internship Job Description: Cornell University and the Global Livingston Institute are working with our academic partners both domestically and globally to establish a two-day research conference on Best Practices Community Development in East Africa. 

  • Goal: To begin to assemble scholars and advisors globally who are researching and engaging in community development in East Africa to share best practices and build strategic and informed collaborations. The conference will build on the core values of Listen. Think. Act. 
  • Objectives: The first Best Practices Community Development in East Africa Conference will feature 8-10 research presentations, talks, panels and workshops on research being conducted in East Africa specific to community development related work. 
  • The conference will include opportunities for students and faculty to share research, form new research collaborations and begin to build out a formidable network of scholars and community development leaders committed to conducting best practice research in East Africa. 

Estimated Hours per week: 30-40 

Timeline: 3-4 Months (Summer/Fall 2020) 

Point of Contact(s): Jamie Van Leeuwen (GLI), Tom Karrel (GLI) 

Location: Denver, Colorado; or Remotely (can work from anywhere – online responsibilities); Ithaca, New York (for conference) 

Key Roles and Responsibilities: Team of graduate students from Cornell’s Institute for Public Affairs will be working on these action items in the Spring Semester of 2020: 

  1. Identify core planning committee that engages scholars & students from 3-5 academic institutions
  2. Identify a fall date for this workshop
  3. Develop a program for the workshop 
  4. Develop a budget for the workshop
  5. Create an invitation to be shared by February 1
  6. Identify a space to host the event
  7. Find and draft proposals for funding opportunities Cornell team will have an action plan ready for this intern to continue the work into the Summer and do a lot of the pre-conference planning in the following areas: 
  • Logistics (participant travel) 
  • Partnership coordination (ensuring partners/participants are informed of conference details, etc.) 
  • Managing program (finalizing Cornell team’s program – research, lectures, discussion into 
  • Fundraising/Budgeting (grant proposals & creating budgets with GLI/Cornell teams) 
  • Any other areas involved in Conference implementation 

Key Qualifications & Skills: Strong organization & multi-tasking skills are required. Budgeting, Communications, Partnership coordination and Project management experience all preferred. Interest in Academic engagement/research is encouraged but not required. 

Application Deadline: March 31, 2020 

Costs: Transport to/from GLI office (as needed for office space). GLI would work to cover costs of the intern to attend Conference 

How to Apply: E-mail with your CV/Resume and cover letter or brief e-mail introducing yourself, and outline interest for applying for the specific internship position(s). 

REQUIRED In Email Subject Line, enter: RE: GLI INTERNSHIP APP: (Insert Internship Title/Role Here) 

Please be patient with us as we review and respond to your application! If you are a good fit for the role(s), you will receive a follow-up and be connected via email to the stated Internship Project POC(s) for an interview.