Project Code: STATE-AFG-134

Interview Afghan Undergrad Students attending the American University of Central Asia

Project Title Interview Afghan Undergrad Students attending the American University of Central Asia
Project Summary Develop an M&E project to interview Afghan students studying at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA). Analyze data into a final research paper and present findings to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and AUCA staff.
Country Afghanistan
Agency Department of State
DoS Office N/A
Post KABUL
Section PAS
Number of Interns 2
Project Description

Want to know what life as an Afghan college student abroad is like? Since 2012, U.S. Embassy Kabul has provided over 150 full-tuition scholarships for Afghans at the American University of Central Asia, located in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. We want to know what their experiences have been like, what trends lead to their success, and what both the Embassy and AUCA can do better in managing the scholarship program.

During the first half of the project, interns will each conduct phone/Skype interviews of 20-30 Afghan AUCA students and alumni, producing a short profile summary on each student.

During the second half of the project, interns will compile and analyze the results, producing a research paper cataloguing their findings. As a culmination to the project, interns will present their findings virtually to U.S. Embassy Kabul Public Affairs and AUCA.

Excellent oral and written communication skills required. Data analysis experience and a strong proficiency with MS Excel and/or other statistical analysis tools desired. Not required, but a plus: experience mediating focus groups, experience with qualitative evaluations or techniques. Interns should have familiarity with online platforms like Skype and Zoom and be aware that interviews will need to be scheduled with the time difference in mind.

The virtual interns will work closely with U.S. Embassy Kabul's Public Affairs Section.

Required Skills or Interests
Skill(s)
Analytical writing
Data analysis
Editing and proofreading
Research
Survey / polling design
Writing
Additional Information

For more information about AUCA, please look at their website: https://www.auca.kg/