Internship Program

This program is appropriate for students who have just completed/graduated in their A-level studies or undergraduates. We encourage students to participate in this program as it exposes students to a number of practical issues that cannot be learned in class, in addition students gain a deeper understanding of African Culture, History, Art and practical experiences and skills working with local communities and institutions. It helps student to make informed choices of pursuing careers that they want to undertake.

The programs under internship include:-

The program is designed to expose law/political science/international development and co-operation undergraduates and MBA students an opportunity to work in the fields of sustainable development, politics and political parties, good governance in public institutions, government ministries, corruption and its costs and effects to the economy, human rights abuse – torture, extra judicial killings, election violence, conflict resolution and management  for warring communities due to land and water, domestic violence, provision of legal aid, youth in decision making process (Politics, Socio-economic spheres). The students gain practical knowledge and experience, work side by side with professionals in different fields, are assigned task/duties to carry out, take part in stake holder meetings, research , reports and make filed visits.


Human Rights

This program involves provision of medical and psychological care to survivors and victims of torture through a network of doctors and counselors, conducting of postmortems, counseling and medical care to victims of torture and forensic documentation of torture cases.

This program involves provision of medical and psychological care to survivors and victims of torture through a network of doctors and counselors, conducting of postmortems, counseling and medical care to victims of torture and forensic documentation of torture cases.

Activities focus on documenting the effects of torture, rehabilitation of survivors of torture and/or their families through provision of medical care – both physical and psychological, provision of post-mortem services cases suspected of death due to torture and legal redress. These services are provided through a countrywide network of healthcare professionals, doctors, pathologists and counselling psychologists.

The program is charged with the responsibility of providing legal advice to all clients based on forensic medical evidence available, co-ordinating the representation of clients in court by lawyers.

The program also conducts capacity building on torture and human rights targeting health care practitioners, lawyers, counselors, journalists, civil society representatives, paralegals and students

The program also focuses on rights of children such as access to education, food, clothing, shelter, proper care, freedom from child labour, child sex workers, physical and emotional abuse, negligence by parents. In addition the program focuses on women rights such right to inherit property, right to own land, counseling and emotional support, domestic abuse for both gender.

Legal aid services, civic education, legal awareness, policy and advocacy.
The students will be working with professionals in the field of law, human rights advocacy and lobbying, follow up of cases, counseling, among others, the student will have his/her work station under supervision of the consultant, assignments will be given, research, in some cases take part in meetings, M & E. At the end of the program the student will be expected to give a report.


Corruption

The anti-corruption research component involved carrying out a research study that focused on the legal and institutional framework governing public sector audit as well as waste in State Corporations as reported by the Auditor General (Corporations) and, subsequently, examined by the Public Investment Committee of Parliament.

In Kenya, essential public services are failing, especially for the poorest members of society. Conventional approaches to tackling this challenge have focused on tracking money spent rather than results achieved. Accountability to citizens and communities has largely been absent.

Access to Information: To provide citizens with information on the leadership, governance structure and budgets of the Government of Kenya, so that they can monitor the performance of the Government.

The problem of corruption bad governance, human rights abuses and impunity in Kenya is made worse by scarcity of public information, which in turn secures impunity among public officers and elected officials. Government in Kenya holds a large amount of information particularly about service delivery and budgets, which are not publicly accessible, and there is no Freedom of Information law in Kenya to facilitate easy public access to essential information about Government functions and operations.

The students will be working with professionals in the field of politics, advocacy and lobbying for transparency and good governance, researching on effects of corruption on economic development, among others, the student will have his/her work station under supervision of the consultant, assignments will be given, research, in some cases take part in meetings, M & E. At the end of the program the student will be expected to give a report.


Democracy, Governance, Leadership and Youth

The program seeks to significantly contribute to empowerment of young people for informed participation in governance, democratic and development process in the country. The main focus area is to continuously develop and strengthen the leadership and knowledge capacity of young Kenyans in key sectors of the society on various issues of leadership, governance. The program seeks to It seeks to increase youth participation through leadership in governance and constitutional structure.

The students will be working with professionals in the field of youth and leadership, advocacy and lobbying for youth in decision making,  entrepreneurship, incorporating the MDG in empowerment of women and youth, the student will have his/her work station under supervision of the consultant, assignments will be given, research, in some cases take part in meetings, M & E. At the end of the program the student will be expected to give a report.

The program is a capacity building program that encourages principles of conflict resolution and management, using contemporary and modern approaches of responding to conflicts and the modern institutional systems of conflict prevention, management and resolution.
The program develops, implement and institutionalize Community based conflict resolution programs at the village level.

Election violence monitoring program, the program was conceived out of concern that incessant escalation of conflicts that characterized pre, during and post elections were hurting democratic and other economic developments.
The 3 previous (1992 1997 and 2007) multi party elections had been characterized by political violence.

Pastoral conflicts, the conflicts have been based on control and access of the limited pastures and water, boundary loss of traditional grazing land fields, cattle rustling, lack of alternative source of livelihoods and political incitements.

The students will be working with professionals in the field of conflict management, advocacy and lobbying for peace, reconciliation and dialogue, peace initiatives like organizing sports that unite warring communities, follow up on the truth  justice and reconciliation commission work , among others, the student will have his/her work station under supervision of the consultant, assignments will be given, research, in some cases take part in meetings, M & E. At the end of the program the student will be expected to give a report.

PIVS is collaborating with 4 non governmental organizations, each with specific focus from:- child abuse, conflict, human rights issues, good governance, economic development, politics and development, youth in decision making among others.

Our medical program is practicable, affordable and unique basing by the learning experience and satisfaction of past participants. This program is suited to aspiring medical students. The important element is that one needs to have a keen interest in the medical profession and be actively working towards joining medical school. Academic qualifications for admission to our program will vary based on school system of your respective country. Our program provides real life exposure of what it means to be a doctor, which is critically important for someone contemplating a medical career.

Applicants should consider volunteering at a local hospital or clinic to gain practical experience in the health professions – this suggestion is obviously applicable to all applicants to all medical schools and we believe the program is useful.

We give students exposure to as many clinical fields as possible – clinical medicine, obstetrics & gynecology, pediatrics, emergency medicine and critical care, general and orthopedic surgery, E.N.T, ophthalmology and radiology.

Students are taken in rotations that help you attain real life exposure and integrating theoretical knowledge. You will observe the supervising doctors and consultants to enable you draw and understanding of diverse aspects relating to cared of patients such as relevant history taking in various body systems, physical examination, relevant laboratory investigations and their interpretation, arriving at pertinent diagnosis and appropriate treatment measures.

Various procedures in the clinical medicine and pediatric rotations may be viewed, including administrations of various injections, lumbar punctures, insertion of intravenous cannulae, nasogastric intubation, lymph node biopsies, etc. You may observe in various general and orthopedic surgeries.

Within obstetric and gynecology department, you will be permitted to view various procedures, which may include normal deliveries, cesarean sections, tubal ligations and several others.

Because we view our programs as not just an internship, we encourage students to avail themselves to activities that will facilitate cultural exchange and appreciation for their host country.
The students will use their hands, mechanical and electrical machines as well as natural elements like heat and cold to assist clients in the alleviation of pain, restoration to good health and enhancement of function. If it is not possible for clients to return to a normal life, physiotherapists assist in their rehabilitation to a full life within the restrictions of their disabilities.

Some of the procedures students will engage in include the following:

  • Evaluating the function of the muscular skeletal, nervous, respiratory and circulatory systems.
  • Measuring joint range and muscle strength.
  • Testing for loss of sensation.
  • Evaluating the nature of pain.
  • Analyzing patterns of posture and movement.
  • Performing tests of lung capacity and electrical tests of nerves and muscles.
  • Educating communities in a healthy lifestyle.
  • Giving advice on coping with chronic illness.
  • The students will have various opportunities since they are at the helm of all patients care activities and also form an integral part of hospital staff. Students will be expected to provide care to the patients in general.
  • Student acts as a basic care provider, comforter and healer for the patients. They comfort patients and provide them emotional support in dealing with diseases. Students will need to have an inherent sensitivity & knowledge to deal with issues related to client’s health.
  • Student works as a teacher and guides patients in managing treatment process and therapy related to the disease. A student promotes healthy lifestyle and makes the patient aware about various steps that the patient must take to decrease the intensity of pain or the after effects of a disease. In short, nurses interpret medical knowledge to clients in simple and lucid manner so that the patient can comply with various changes he/she has to make in his lifestyle.
  • The student will learn how to promote physical health and ease tension of patients and also act as counselors. They will need to provide emotional, psychological and intellectual support in matters related to dealing with diseases.
  • As a part of Student duties, will help patient develop positive attitude towards disease so that with good emotional health, the patient can be treated easily. A nurse has to learn to be friends with patients and provide them love and care. Student encourages patients to develop a sense of achievement every time the patients are able to follow some dietary recommendations or exercise schedules. This keeps the patients motivated and they work for the betterment of their health.
  • The Premedical Study Program will prepare students for entry into medical, dental, veterinary, or any other health-related graduate programs. The program provides guidance and support for students wishing to pursue these professional programs in future.
  • The Pre-med program will help students meet variety of venues. Pamoja International Voluntary Services has secured collaboration with several Government hospitals in Kenya where students can do volunteer work and obtain credits as a Premedical Internship if they desire.
  • We also have relationships with a number of community service organizations where students can volunteer and develop the personal skills necessary to work with a wide variety of patients. In addition, the program provides letter of recommendation and guidance with regard to where to apply to medical school.

PIVS is collaborating with 4 Government hospitals in Kisumu, Nyahera, Kangundo and Coast (Level 3-5 hospitals)

The main objective of the program is to equip the interns with the necessary job experience to make them more competitive in the job market, to facilitate them to acquire more field experience and skills and academic objective.

The program involves volunteer participation in an effort to promote conservation education, awareness and imparting skills to local and international volunteers.

The program offers volunteers to opportunity to learn from staff, access to parks and reserves. Volunteers enjoy the use of institution equipment (vehicles, machines, etc). The use of such service property presents a cost to the institution in terms time and money. The students gain practical knowledge and experience, work side by side with professionals in the areas of conservation, wildlife protection, population monitoring of wild animals, conflict between humans and wildlife, tourism promotion, the student will have his/her work station under supervision of the consultant, assignments will be given, research, in some cases take part in meetings, M & E, filed visits. At the end of the program the student will be expected to give a report.

Activities include:

  • Educating the public about Wildlife and, Environmental conservation in Kenya.
  • Increasing peoples’ understanding of their wildlife and eco-systems and the value placed upon them. This aims at creating public awareness, appreciation concern and support for wildlife conservation.
  • Lectures on wildlife conservation and management to International students visiting Parks/Reserves in the country.

PIVS is collaborating with 3 institutions in Kwale and Nairobi

Capacity Building through its training seeks to build livelihood skills targeting the low income generating / slum areas in their IGA (Income Generating Activities)/small businesses which these groups undertake. The training also focuses on developing leadership as well building team cohesion which is necessary for the youth and women groups’ survival.

The main courses on business management are how to start-up a business, basic business management skills, constitution making, how to improve your business and other courses which can be organized and modified according to clients requirements. Currently we are working with Haki Self group based in Kibera, by offering finance, administration skills to several low income groups undertaking various businesses.

PIVS utilizes modified approaches for these groups of persons. The students gain practical knowledge and experience, work side by side with professionals in different fields, are assigned task/duties to carry out, take part in stake holder meetings and monitoring and evaluation of funds usage and training impact.

This means that the products developed and their packages, training offered, guarantee mechanism and monitoring techniques employed will depends on the client category. We do this with the help of volunteers whom most of them are finance, commerce, and international development students.

Currently PIVS has embarked on making recycled sandals made of (car tyre) popularly known as “akala” and popular among young adults. In addition we are making recycled cotton woven fabrics using looms technology, the products range from table/coffee mats, corridor runners, wall hangings, handbags and laptop bags, bedside runners, Kikoi among others. We are looking for distribution channels such as Amazon, E-bay and fair trade organizations to market our handi craft products.

We are also training youth and women groups on using appropriate technologies on soap making, liquid soap processing and food processing techniques in making yoghurt and fruit Juice Concentrates.

The objective of these trainings is to improve the level of income for rural households by generating more revenue, using appropriate technology to carry out small scale processing activities, improving food and nutrition security and also to improve household security.
We target low income groups sometimes referred to as “kadogo economy”
In addition we are collaborating with 2 micro finance institutions in Kenya licensed by the Central government to receive deposits from public and offer loans and grants.

This is not a program, it’s a side activity that we organize for volunteers/interns during their free time or when thay have finished their program.

Rates

Description Cost
2 Weeks Internship Euros 750 | USD 796
3 Weeks Internship Euros 900 | USD 955
4 Weeks Internship Euros 1100 | USD 1167
5 Weeks Internship Euros 1250 | USD 1327
6 Weeks Internship Euros 1450 | USD 1539
7 Weeks Internship Euros 1600 | USD 1698
8 Weeks Internship Euros 1800 | USD 1910
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