Internship in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Application Deadline: Monday February 7, 2011.

Internship in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Hosted by: the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program (FETP), Vietnam Program, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Position Title: Summer Research Intern (one position possible for a Bates student)

About the Organization: The Vietnam Program at the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation has been studying Vietnam’s development for over fifteen years.  Its flagship initiative is the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program, a Ho Chi Minh City-based center for public policy research, teaching, and policy dialogue.  Drawing on the center’s many linkages with national and local government, think tanks and universities in Vietnam and abroad, FETP’s local and international scholars and practitioners are engaging in innovative, policy-relevant research on the socio-economic challenges confronting Vietnam.  FETP’s unique, autonomous structure enables it to provide a rare independent, constructively critical perspective to the policy debate.  Its research is used to engage in a dialogue with the government and the donor community, and infuses FETP’s teaching programs for Vietnamese officials with a closeness to practice modeled on the Kennedy School’s public policy programs.

Internship Description: During a period of 6 to 8 weeks, under the guidance of FETP’s fulltime Vietnamese faculty, the intern selects a research topic of interest that is relevant to FETP’s research agenda. Examples of topics includes: Vietnamese education policy, a comparison with Chile; the Vietnamese stock market; infrastructure development in Ho Chi Minh City, to name a few.  To the extent possible, FETP arranges for the intern to meet with government officials and businesspeople working in fields relevant to the research project.

In addition to his/her individual research projects, the intern is expected to engage in the research program of the school in economic and public policy.  Current research projects include rural development, land reform, migration and urbanization, industrial policy, and climate changes in the Mekong delta.

The student can come from any major or background, but is expected to conduct research in the economics and/or policy-relevant areas.  A study on the poetry of Vietnam 18th century, therefore, would not be a relevant topic.