IPOR enrolls students/recent graduating students to serve as interns in order to further develop their research skills. The goal of the Internship programme is to provide an opportunity for new University graduates/ continuing University students to learn research skills through a hands-on experience. Every year, IPOR seeks to recruit at least two University students the opportunity to work in the Institute.
Some of IPOR's recent interns include:
Ruth joined IPOR while in her fourth year as a student in the Department of Political and Administrative Studies (PAS) at Chancellor College and is majoring in Political Science. She interned at IPOR from July to September 2019 and during her time at IPOR, Ruth worked on several projects. She worked as a research assistant for the Macadamia Out-Grower Project, a study that was conducted in Thyolo. She also worked with a fellow intern in updating IPOR’s database for contacts of key informants for qualitative research and part of this exercise involved contacting district commissioner’s offices and traditional leaders across Malawi.
Angellah Mkupu joined IPOR when she was a fourth year student at Chancellor College pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration. She interned at IPOR from July to September 2019, and during this period she was involved in both office and research activities. One of the research projects that she worked on is the Macadamia Outgrower Project by the Centre for Evaluation and Development (C4ED). On this project, Angellah worked as a research assistant and travelled with other researchers to Thyolo where they interviewed beneficiaries of the project. Angellah also spent time at the office doing other research-related activities including data entry and updating the database of contacts for key informants for qualitative research projects.
Graduated as a medical doctor at the Malawi College of Medicine (CoM) in 2016. She joined IPOR as a Research Internn in July, 2016. During this period, Zayi has worked as a field enumerator where she excelled in her work. In recent months, Zayi has worked as a field supervisor on two projects and has also helped out in the office with data cleaning and preliminary analysis.. She has been a source of motivation for other staff members.
John Tengatenga, a Senior at the Honors College, Michigan State University, has served two stints as a Research Intern at IPOR in the summers of 2015 and 2016. In his last assignment at IPOR in August 2016, John worked as an enumerator on a project that saw him spend several weeks in Nsanje district. He has also worked as a classroom assistant to Dr. Dulani’s first year class in Political Science at Chancellor College.
Richard is a final year student in Political Science at Chancellor College of the University of Malawi. He has been interning at IPOR since 2015.