MIF Internships

2016 Graduate – Priscilla Boadi


Priscilla Boadi graduated in the inaugural class of MIF students in 2016. After the completion of program coursework, she had the opportunity to work at two different organizations for her internship requirement. Priscilla was a recipient of both the MasterCard Foundation scholarship and the UBC Go Global Award.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

At the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, Priscilla conducted background research and evaluated the impact of climate change mitigation initiatives, specifically REDD+, on the livelihoods of forest dependents. Additionally, she identified topics for the 23rd Session of the Committee on Forestry side event and participated in focus group discussions on issues affecting Free Prior and Informed Consent and options for improvement for project proponents to best understand and implement this in their project sites.

Institute for Sustainable Food Systems

Priscilla’s second internship was with the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems in Richmond, BC. There she worked on designing strategies to promote global food security.

Employment after Graduation

Priscilla currently works for Tailwind Energy Group Corporation in Surrey, BC. Her responsibilities include administrative support for the organization’s many initiatives. She recently helped in the creation of a sustainability charter for the organization. Her next project is a tree-planting project in partnership with the City of Surrey. Priscilla affirmed that the MIF program provided her with the skills to complete new tasks at Tailwind.

The MIF program set the stage for me to understand some of the pertinent issues related to the links between forestry and people. I used my written, oral communication, analytical and team player skills during my internship. – Priscilla Boadi

Other Internship Completed by Students

BC Timber Sales – Campbell River, Canada
Student engaged in discussions and negotiations with First Nations and conducted BCTS’ First Nations Woodland Licenses during her tenure. She also worked on shared decision-making agreements.

City of Richmond – Canada
Student will work on City’s Urban Forest Management Strategy (2017).

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO RAP)
– Bangkok, Thailand
Student assisted the forestry team in developing the action plan for the Asia-Pacific forest and landscape restoration.

Lexeme Consulting – Vancouver, Canada
Student was lead consultant of the UN-REDD Programme Study, which involved identifying drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in Myanmar. She contributed to a nation-wide assessment to develop Myanmar’s specific REDD+ policies and measures in an effort to address drivers and their underlying causes. Her work included spatial data analysis using quantitative and qualitative data and projections, policy and political economic analyses, and communicating with regional experts and stakeholders.

Namibia Nature Foundation – (2017) Namibia

Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society – Vancouver, Canada
Student worked on BioBlitz project.

Nature Trust of British Columbia – North Vancouver, Canada

Sustainable Food Systems – Richmond, Canada
Student assisted with planning strategies for the promotion global food security.

Taking Root – Vancouver, Canada
Student worked on the implementation of a new process for using farm maps to identify sections of farmland requiring specialized care. The result was the development of a Standard Operating Procedure. She also helped update a project design document for a small coffee agroforestry system in San Juan de Rio Coco, Nicaragua.

Tropenbos International – Ghana
Student will work on projects related to forest governance and the contributions of small and medium forest enterprises in Ghana (2017).

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) – Kenya
Student assisted with the Local Governance and Adapting to Climate Change in Sub-Saharan Africa project. Her tasks included an asset assessment, implementation of a field survey, training and supervising Kenyan research assistants, data analysis, and report writing.

UBC Faculty of Forestry Research Lab – Malawi
Student interned as the Project Manager for three research projects based out of Dr. Jeanine Rhemtulla’s lab. The projects encompassed social, economic, and environmental aspects of forest use in rural communities in southern Malawi. Research methods used included surveys, interviews, focus groups, forest plots, measurements, and mapping. She worked on a forest use study and forest landscape restoration assessment.

UBC Global Health Initiative – India
Student contributed to a local health initiative in the Spiti Valley of northern India. Her internship duties included organizing and implementing health screens in a community school. She also reviewed the school’s farming strategies including seed selection and intercropping methods.

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) – Rome, Italy
Student conducted background research on the implications for REDD+ initiatives for people, specifically the impact on tenure rights and livelihoods.

UN FAO will also provide an internship for a student from the 2017 graduating class.

Wellspring Forest Farm and School – United States (New York)