Women's Sustainability through Retail In Africa: Retail, Merchandising & Product Development Interns

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At The Sankofa Center we empower people to change lives and foster healthy behaviors to prevent, detect, and treat HIV/AIDS. We do this through utilizing traditional African dance & drama fused with health information to educate people of all ages in Ghana. We are committed to providing free counseling, rapid HIV/AIDS testing and connecting people with HIV/AIDS to local medical resources. We value equipping the next generation with tools to wipe out HIV/AIDS with a compassionate and open-minded ethos.
Since 2004 we have educated 35,000 students about HIV prevention, 50,000 community members on HIV transmission, and have provided over 4,000 individuals with free rapid HIV testing with links to care.
Program Description:

The Sankofa Center fuses traditional African dance, drama, & contemporary art genres with W.H.O. health information to educate Ghanaian youths & adults about HIV/AIDS. These very necessary performances are both entertaining & educational. Their program utilizes the vibrant energies of interns & a local team to tour various villages & schools to help eradicate HIV/AIDS in Africa through culturally appropriate methods! They also conduct risk assessment/risk reduction counseling & free rapid HIV testing during village outreach to link those needing treatment with medical partners as outlined by Ghana's National AIDS Control Program.

International interns are accommodated with full room & board in The Sankofa Center Compound dormitory with exposure to real world traditional Ghanaian life with trusted host families living in the compound. Cultural exposure is also enhanced through weekend trips to popular tourist & beach destinations. However, interns have the security of Western trained local staff, health and safety protocols, and American trained coordinators & staff liaisons to assist interns throughout the duration of their tenure. On completion interns receive a Certificate of Completion commemorating their service providing a great tool for educational and personal advancement.


: Internship open to people interested in learning various aspects of international sourcing, merchandising, and product development working closely with The Sankofa Center's artisanal product line in support of women's sustainability & supporting the non-profits' arts-based HIV prevention program in Ghana. This internship fuses exposure to fair-trade implementation in the style industry with global understanding of retail, wholesale, and product development. Great internship for current or potential retailers, fashion students, those interested in buying, & product development and design careers.

Students applying to the internship for credit must submit proposed internship guidelines and hour requirements of their home institution. This does not apply to non-credit applicants.


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When applying please put “Retail, Merchandising & Product Development Internship" at the top of your application.

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