We will not be accepting applications for the summer of 2021.
The Ash Center's Vietnam Program supports one or two first-year MPP, MPA, or MPA/ID students to intern at the Fulbright University Vietnam's Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) in Vietnam for eight weeks during the summer. The primary objective of CEI's research is to contribute to the development and flourishing of Vietnam's entrepreneurship ecosystem. Vietnam's entrepreneurship ecosystem is in the early stages of development and much public knowledge that is available in other countries is not yet available there. In addition, the research will also inform CEI's own priorities, in terms of how the CEI can bring value to the ecosystem (e.g., what types of education and training the CEI might offer).
We envision that the graduate summer research intern will work in partnership with the CEI team as well as local ecosystem players such as Endeavor Vietnam and the organizers of Vietnam Venture Summit, to conduct interviews and surveys, as well as leverage existing data and literature to build a better understanding of various aspects of the ecosystem (e.g., current state for startups, current state for investors, sector deep-dives, most salient needs).
Each internship comes with a $5,000 travel grant to help defray travel costs. HKS students selected for Vietnam Program internships in the past have applied for the Center for International Development's HIDIF grants if they wish to receive additional support.
For more information about the Fulbright University Vietnam and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, please visit https://fulbright.edu.vn/cei/. Information about HIDIF grant opportunities is available at http://www.cid.harvard.edu/cidstudents/hidif.html.