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Internship Programme On Community Based Adaptation To Climate Change For University Undergraduate Students


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The overall goal of the USAID/Uganda Education and Research to Improve Climate Change Adaptation (ERICCA) Activity, is to help establish the Makerere University Centre for Climate Change Research and Innovations (MUCCRI) as a recognized national and regional hub of academic, professional development and research excellence in climate science, climate adaptation, and related disciplines. To support this goal, ERICCA strategically deploys human, financial and technology resources with the target continually focused on building Ugandan capacity and proficiency to address climate adaptation and related issues. More specifically, the Activity mobilizes students, academics, scientists, and researchers to work side-by-side and in partnership with Ugandan colleagues to build upon the foundational efforts made by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and others in developing and establishing MUCCRI through research and education actions.

Scope And Aim Of The 2017 Student Internship Programme:
The 2017 internship programme will focus on smallholder farming communities susceptible to drought mainly in the following districts of Uganda; Mubende, Kiboga, Luweero, Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Sembabule, Kasese, Isingiro, Bushenyi, Mbale, Iganga, Hoima, Gulu and Lira. The programme will be implemented through three stages: 1. Training; students will undergo a three-days face-to-face training in climate change and community based adaptation with focus on responses to drought. 2. Field-based Practicum; Students will be prepared and supported to gain practical understanding and experience with smallholder farmer communities particularly those involved in soil and water conservation. 3. Research; Faculty mentoring participating students will design research questions to guide the research focus of the research piece of the internship. The aim of this internship programme is two-fold. Firstly, to equip students, especially those in the final stages of their undergraduate programmes with skills and knowledge around community-based adaptation to climate change. Secondly, the internship is intended to provide an opportunity to University faculty to link teaching and research to information needs of communities involved in various climate change adaptation efforts in Uganda.

Application And Selection Criteria:
Applications are highly invited from enthusiastic final year undergraduate students with a great passion to develop a career around climate change and rural development. Recent graduates who completed their bachelor’s degree in the last one year are also encouraged to apply. Nonetheless, priority will be given to final year undergraduate students.
Personal Specifications For Applicants:

  • Ability to effectively communicate in one of the local languages primarily used in the above mentioned districts
  • Candidates must specify their region of preference to undertake the internship based on the above districts
  • Proven good writing skills which should be reflected in a one-page concept on one of the intended internship themes described below
  • Evidence of normal academic progress at time of application (copy of academic testimonials)/copies of academic transcripts for recent graduates
  • Willingness and ability to start the internship activities at the end of May 2017
  • Demonstrated basic understanding of Ugandan rural community structure and functioning
  • Evidence of basic knowledge and skills on how to conduct field research (e.g. research courses or recommendation) is an added advantage
  • Willingness to work in a multidisciplinary team
  • Computer literacy (e.g. simple computer data analysis)

Duration Of The Internship Programme: 3 Months

How To Apply:
The application package should include:
A cover letter (not more than 1 page) and an updated CV,
A copy of the most recent testimonials (or certified academic transcript/certificates for recent graduates),
A letter of recommendation from an academic referee, and a
A one-page concept note on what you would want to learn on one of the two themes:
1. Rain Water Harvesting (RWH) and irrigation by smallholder farmers;
2. Adoption of drought adaptation technologies by smallholder farmers in Uganda.

Interested candidates should submit online applications.
The deadline for submission of the applications is 28 April 2017. Applicants who do not meet the stipulated minimum requirements need not to apply. For inquiries email
Or call 0703691927, 0779481263.



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