IIP Internships in Architecture and Civil Engineering
IIP offers two types of summer international internships: IIP Placements and IIP-IN Programs.
IIP Placements: When you apply to an IIP Placement, you are applying to work at a specific organization within the parameters of the work responsibilities described on our website by the employer and past interns. Therefore, your personal statement should address why you are interested in that specific organization/placement.
IIP-IN Programs: IIP-IN Programs are our new internship programs managed by in-country providers. Each IIP-IN program offers placements in various areas of interest. When you apply to an IIP-IN program, you will not know which organization you will be paired with or the specific work responsibilities. Your personal statement should instead address why you want to work in that country, and in a general area of interest (listed under each IIP-IN description). You will then be interviewed by the in-country staff, and based on that conversation with you, they will find a placement that matches your skills and customize it to your interests.
IIP Placements and IIP-IN Programs both lead to internships in specific organizations abroad.
Please note that IIP internships need to be 8 consecutive weeks. The dates will be agreed upon by you and your employer.
IIP Placements in Architecture & Civil Engineering
Bridges to Prosperity
Location: Kigali, Rwanda
About: Bridges to Prosperity provides isolated communities with access to essential healthcare, education, and economic opportunities by building footbridges over impassible rivers. By working within the local context and training local technicians, their programs aim to develop locally appropriate designs which can be economically and safely replicated. Two placements have been established for IIP interns.
Intern responsibilities: The interns will be expected to train and work on a cable-suspended bridge project.The project will be under the guidance and, when necessary, supervision of the Bridges to Prosperity Program Manager.
Qualifications: The ideal candidates for this internship would have experience working in rural areas of the developing world and experience in basic construction and masonry skills. Candidates with an academic background in civil engineering are encouraged to apply. Interns should be prepared to live and work in a rural area, lacking electricity and running potable water.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Assisted in supervising onsite construction of a bridge, including quality and safety control as well as directing workers for excavations, concrete-mixing, masonry, cable-setting, decking, etc.
View a PowerPoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern (#1).
View a PowerPoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern (#2).
Location: Paris, France
Kilo Architectures is a small architectural studio with a large number and variety of projects. Their projects range from international cultural and institutional projects to housing, urban planning studies, and research. Kilo challenges the limits of established norms and architectural and urbanistic assumptions by devising fresh design alternatives to combat an increasingly standardized world. The trajectory of the office has been constructed through a series of projects spanning a great diversity of scales and programs which share a communal approach and philosophy. French is not required but would be an asset. One placement has been been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern. View a Powerpoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Contributing to project research and documentation; helping with KILO exhibits or special projects (Venice Bienalle, storyboard architecture for online luxury boutique); using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign to create storyboards, renderings.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Kilo Architecture|
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
About: NRG Solutions is a renewable energy start-up looking for ways to empower people in Cambodia with clean energy solutions. NRG has two main areas of focus: They are starting to build a national distribution network for clean energy products and efficient appliances to reduce energy poverty in rural Cambodia and improve people’s lives by providing appropriate solutions. They also have an engineering team who tailors larger rooftop solutions to both urban and rural customers throughout the country. NRG has installed 13 rooftop systems ranging from 300W-4KW, mostly in schools, clinics, hospitals, private homes, and other small businesses.
Intern responsibilities: Interns will be able to choose their projects based on their skills and background. The projects listed below are examples of projects that are currently in progress:
- Research and Development: The intern will be part of the research and development team. This may involve taking information from our field staff, understanding the problems that people face, and trying to identify or develop a solution to these problems. The intern will also have to consider the financial feasibility, logistics of the supply chain, from purchase, to delivery, to after sales maintenance of the solutions.
- IT and Software Solutions: This project will have to do with the implementation of technologies, development/improvement of software to facilitate the distribution of our solutions to the end user, follow up the product and customer satisfaction, as well as better evaluate the impact of the solution on over time. Specific tasks under this project could be as basic as improving the website and database, to more complicated tasks such as developing mobile apps and even applying voice recognition software to improve our education and after sales services.
- Project Engineer: The intern may assist our project managers in the evaluation/ sizing/ installation/ maintenance of our rooftop installations. The intern will be asked to help in any phase of the project and might be involved in different project at different phases at any given time. When not assisting the project manager in these tasks, the project engineer will be looking at ways to improve our engineering processes and design tools.
- Business Development: The intern will spend more time with the managers and director understanding the business and looking at the business model, supply chain, marketing strategy, financial planning, to help the business be more effective and sustainable.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in electrical, mechanical, or environmental engineering, as well as renewable energy, business, marketing/communications, fundraising, accounting, and/or web development are encouraged to apply. Experience in Solar Energy Specific software, web programming, CRM software, financial modeling, or marketing would also be an asset.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: NRG Solutions|
Stiftung Solarenergie Philippines
Location: Manila, Philippines
Stiftung Solarenergie (StS) Philippines is a social enterprise organization that strives to combat rural poverty by providing all off-grid villages with access to innovative technology solutions powered by solar energy. This placement provides IIP interns bwith the opportunity to understand how social entreprises work. One in four Filipinos lack access to electricity. The vast majority of these 25 million individuals live in isolated coastal and mountainous regions across the country. StS Philippines is engaged in illuminating off-grid households via solar home lighting systems, installing community-level solar applications such as computer labs and water pumps, empowering beneficiaries through education and capacity building, and mobilizing citizen-sector support for efforts to eradicate energy poverty. StS catalyzes change by leveraging both market-based as well as philanthropic resources, working in tandem with social businesses and community-based organizations to ensure sustainable impact at the grassroots level. IIP interns will assume significant responsibilities and gain the opportunity to support ongoing community development work at the grassroots level. The responsibilities of the IIP intern will include working on projects related to designing, piloting, and evaluating household and community level solar energy solutions, such as the design of solar homes (lighting, radios, phone charging, TV, fan, refrigerator), solar community learning centers (computers and educational content), and solar lamp rental facilities. Specific projects may include: marketing and communications, impact assessment, product assessment and development, financial analysis, partner and donor database management, market research/mapping, and supporting programs and campaigns. IIP interns can contribute to the communication and publicity of advocacy campaigns that aim to mobilize resources and raise awareness on rural electrification issues. This placement is ideal for IIP candidates interested in economic and community development, the environment, technology and social enterprises. Online media, graphic design, and video editing skills would be an asset but are not required. Three placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Dealt with mapping out unelectrification for regions of Philippines to prioritize company strategy for regions to target / -Piloted and configured new solar unit product to aid in diversification of solar product portfolio; eventually demoed solar products.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Stiftung Solarenergie, Philippines|
Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS
Location: Tronoh, Perak, Malaysia
Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) was established in 1997 when PETRONAS was invited by the Malaysian government to set up a university. UTP offers a wide range of engineering and technology programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels complemented with a strong focus on Research and Development. The programs are designed with high industry relevance to provide a dynamic learning environment. The Civil Engineering Department involves the application of engineering principles and applied sciences to the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of capital projects in a typical asset life cycle. This includes buildings, roads, bridges, dams, airports, water and wastewater treatment plants, oil and gas production facilities, special purpose structures and any engineered structures for the comfort of mankind. Research projects of the department include focuses in computer aided design, surveying, transportation engineering, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, pavement and materials engineering, construction and project management, steel and concrete design, water and wastewater engineering. IIP interns will work on a research project on rice husk ash. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Reading and researching scientific literature to acquire knowledge on a particular study. Calculating different ratios of materials for concrete mixes. Batching and casting concrete and/or cement mixtures in various sized molds.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS|
Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology, College of Architecture
Location: Anhui Province, Gansu Province and Xi'an, Shaanxi Province
# of placements: 6 total placements, 2 for each project (described below)
About: Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology, College of Architecture was established by two pioneers in modern architecture education in China. In 1956, during the third nationwide restructuring of universities and colleges, the College of Architecture was established as a merger of the two departments. There are three undergraduate programs: architecture, urban planning, and landscape, among which urban planning is designated as the national specialty. The school has nine subsidiary institutes together with an innovative national research team for architectural environment and energy consumption control theory in West China, a key lab for architecture technology in West China, and the Shaanxi Research Center of Monuments and Sites Reservation Engineering and Technology. The school maintains the leading position in the following areas of research: human settlement in vulnerable areas in West China, human settlement of underprivileged people, and cultural heritage preservation. In partnership with Wu Zhi Qiao Charitable Foundation, they are working to create sustainable infrastructure for bridges in rural communities in Western China. Wu Zhi Qiao (Bridge to China) Charitable Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Hong Kong that encourages volunteers, especially university student volunteers from Hong Kong and Mainland China, to build footbridges and village facilities in remote and poor villages in the Mainland with green concepts. Their organization aspires to: foster better communication, mutual understanding and integration between Hong Kong and the Mainland; improve lives of underprivileged villages in remote areas of Mainland China; and inspire respect, appreciation and preservation of local culture and environment, and promulgate the concept of sustainability.
Intern responsibilities: In partnership with local volunteers, IIP interns will contribute to areas of investigation, design study, experiments, field construction and technical on-site supervision, so as to explore and demonstrate a suitable way towards ecological architecture suitable for China's poor rural regions. Throughout the project, IIP interns will need to understand the local livelihood, culture and environment; fully utilize local materials; and work closely with villagers to transfer practical skills and knowledge so that the villagers can take charge of maintenance work in the future. Over the past few years, the Foundation has successfully completed multiple bridge projects and one postquake village re-building demonstration. In 2015, specific projects will include:
- Macha village center project in Huining County, Gansu Province: By utilizing advanced rammed earth in rural construction, IIP interns with a team of volunteers and villagers will help design and build public facilities not only to solve the local's issues in public service and activity, but also to demonstrate to the locals an affordable and sustainable way of rural construction. In They have already completed the field investigation, experimental study, and initial design. Detailed facilities, decoration and landscape design will be completed insummer 2015. This IIP intern may participate in a series of actions, such as investigations, design, construction experiments, field construction and technical on-site supervision for left work.
- Conservation and development of traditional village in Liping County: This project is a research project for conversation and development of a poor traditional village, in which the traditional structure is still being used by locals. IIP interns will work with a team of volunteers and villagers to explore a series of solutions for improvement of living conditions, public environment, livelihood and traditional conservation. This will include a series of on-site design and hands-on work such as dwelling reformation, infrastructure construction, landscape development, etc. This IIP intern may participate in a series of actions, such as investigations, design, construction experiments, field construction and technical on-site supervision for left work.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in architecture and civil engineering are encouraged to apply. Since the earth-based technology is easy to handle, IIP interns can participate not only in the design scheme, construction experiments, and on-site design during construction, but also parts of construction work.
View PowerPoint presentations (.pdf) from past interns:
- Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology intern #1
- Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology intern #2
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Xi'an University, College of Architecture (Bridge to China)|
IIP-IN Portugal (Lisbon Abroad)
In partnership with Lisbon Abroad, IIP is offering an increased number of opportunities in Lisbon, Portugal. Lisbon Abroad provides meaningful and rewarding professional development internships that include cultural immersion activities. Each IIP-IN Portugal placement provides an excellent opportunity for interns to gain work experience abroad, improve their Portuguese language skills, and experience Portuguese life and culture firsthand. IIP-IN Portugal will provide customized placements to each accepted intern, depending on the intern's interests and qualifications. Not all placements will require Portuguese!
Area of Placement: Architecture
IIP-IN Portugal will place students in several architecture and design firms. In the 20th century, Portuguese architecture has produced a number of renowned personalities like Fernando Távora, Eduardo Souto Moura and Álvaro Siza. Candidates selected for an IIP-IN Portugal (Architecture) placement will be matched with an internship site most aligned with their interests and skills.
Possible examples of internship sites include:
Intergaup, an architectural office with 30 years of experience based in Lisbon, Portugal. Intergaup projects range from small private houses with site and client-specific detailing, to large-scale project coordination. Their mission is to improve the quality of life of the next 3 billion people that will move into cities in the next 40 years, by providing inspiration, knowledge and tools to the architects who will design for them.
Qualifications: Students interested in majoring in architecture and/or civil engineering should apply. Work responsibilities will depend on classes taken and general knowledge and experience in these fields. Basic Portuguese and/or Spanish skills would be an asset.
Area of Placement: Engineering and Public Infrastructure
IIP-IN Portugal will place students in a variety of Engineering and Public Infrastructure related institutions. Candidates selected for an IIP-IN Portugal (Engineering and Public Infrastructure) placement will be matched with the internship site most aligned with their interests and skills.
For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here.