African Rural University for Women
African Rural University for Women in Kagadi, Uganda is the first fully accredited, rural university for women in Africa. ARU develops “female leaders who are capable of participating in the socio-economic empowerment of the marginalized, and also providing rigorous scientific input into the design and practice of rural development processes.” To this end, it offers an innovative degree, the Bachelor of Science in Technologies for Rural Transformation, that combines theoretical training and practical implementation with partner communities.
ARU invited one (1) MHC interns to support campus and community based activities in 2016. The individual's responsibilities covered the following:
1. STEM Mentor
The intern will serve as a mentor supporting student understanding of the application of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields to innovations and inventions that advance sustainable rural development. The intern may perform various activities in this regard (as negotiated with her supervisor), such as peer tutoring, acting as a TA in relevant classes, etc.
2. Technology Dissemination Intern
To support one or more of ARU’s technology dissemination efforts (such as locally fabricated solar cells for rural applications) in local communities. Work will primarily be in community-based centers for technology innovation (Epicentres), that are managed by ARU graduates. Specific responsibilities may include fundraising, communications, and other promotion strategies.
The intern should have a strong background in a STEM field, as well as coursework or experience related to development studies. Coursework or experience related to African Studies, experience working with communities (e.g., through CBL), and experience as a tutor, mentor, or TA would be assets.