IIP Internships in Computer Science
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 Computer Science
Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)
Location: San Pedro de Atacama and Santiago, Chile
About: The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is an international partnership of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) of Japan, together with NRC (Canada), NSC and ASIAA (Taiwan), and KASI (Republic of Korea), in cooperation with the Republic of Chile. ALMA -the largest astronomical project in existence- is a single telescope of revolutionary design, composed of 66 high precision antennas located on the Chajnantor plateau, 5000 meters altitude in northern Chile. Two placements have been created for IIP interns.
Intern responsibilities: ALMA has, as part of its central weather station, many sensors: temperature, pressure, wind speed/direction, humidity plus specialized ones (a stand alone water vapor radiometer, a seismometer and an oxygen monitor). The oxygen monitor is a device that measures the column density of O2 overhead and turns that into various data streams every hour most notably a temperature profile. ALMA plans to start incorporating this data stream into ALMA data sets but before during that, the proper functionality of the device needs to be verified. The IIP interns will have the opportunity to work with ALMA astronomers and help participate / lead while: relocating the Oxygen Sounder to the Central Weather Station, verifying the data acquisition/functionality, performing the regular preventive maintenance, deriving the temperature profiles according to the manual and by developing script to automatically visualize data on the ALMA weather page.
Qualifications: Coding abilities in Python would be an asset, as would an interest and knowledge in astronomy.
Work experiences (in the words of a past IIP intern): I worked on two projects. The first one included plotting the position histories of ALMA pads and antennas and extracting statistics from the plots. The second project was more connected to astrophysics as opposed to ALMA operations and involves fitting physical models to the observed ALMA data of FuOri (Young stellar object which had a dramatic increase in observed luminosity in the past century)...This experience, firstly was very useful in terms of enhancing my general research experience, particularly programming and interacting with the ALMA networks. My Python coding improved as well as my ability to interact with a UNIX terminal, write basic bash and html scripts, and use a more extensive text editor such as Emacs. From my first project with the antenna and pad position histories I learned some of the basics of how ALMA antennas operate which I found really fascinating. From my second project, I learned more about variable protostars and their disks which is currently a very active field in astronomy.
View a Power Point Presentation by a past IIP intern:
ALMA(Chile) Intern #1
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2017 and TO APPLY, click here: Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)|
Center for Internet and Society
Location: Bangalore, India
About: The Centre for Internet & Society is devoted to policy research and gives feedback to various state departments on programs dealing with access to knowledge, openness, Internet governance, and telecom. Two placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP Interns are expected to conduct research on the topics listed above and to draft documents that can be submitted to various ministries such as the Department of Telecommunications, the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of Human Resource Development. They will also write blog entries of their experience from participating in workshops and other events
Qualifications: Interns are expected to have sound knowledge of (or a willingness to learn) Indian and international laws, strong public speaking skills (including interaction with the media) and should be willing to travel. Interns with a strong background in policy research and advocacy in access to knowledge (IP Reforms), openness (Open Access, Open Content, Open Video, Open Standards, Openness, Free and Open Source Software and Open Data), and Internet governance (Free SpeeBroadband Policies and Spectrum) are encouraged to apply.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of past IIP interns): Intern #1: Published original articles for Centre website; hosted meetings and events; represented the Centre at various distant conferences;conducted research. Intern #2: Regularly blog on events/ideas happening in the world of Internet privacy and Cybersecurity, especially if it has relation to India. Also researched and wrote a report which compares Data Protection laws by nation.
View a Powerpoint presentation by a past IIP intern:
Centre for Internet and Society Intern #1
About: CityTaps is a social startup based in Paris. Their vision is to bring running water to every home, for ever. Today, about 750M urban poor lack the basic comfort of running water at home in the developing world. CityTaps believes that running water in the home is a source of health, economic opportunity and dignity, particularly for women and girls who bear the majority of the burden associated with daily water chores. Their solution to this vexing problem has 3 components: new technology, community development, and business innovation. CityTaps believes in questioning assumptions in a respectful, fast-paced, and fun environment. Their company is looking for enthusiastic and hard-working individuals who want to work to serve the poor and make a positive difference in the world.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will work on one or more of the following projects:
- Electronic and software design of a connected water meter - The IIP intern will work closely with the CTO to develop software and electronic components of a new generation robust water metering system targeted at developing country environments. Tasks that the IIP intern might be involved in include: software programming (cloud), embedded programming (electronic chips), design of radio communications, mobile payment systems, prototyping, and industrialization, all with an emphasis on reliability, security and cost reduction.
- Hydraulic design of a connected water meter - The IIP intern will work closely with the CTO and CEO to design (from the hydraulic perspective) the metering components of the water metering system targeted at developing country environments. Tasks that the student might be involved in include: mechanical design, CAD drawings, fluid mechanics calculations, prototyping and industrialization all with an emphasis on reliability, security and cost reduction.
- Grant writing and research, and other writing/research - The IIP intern will work closely with the CFO to help CityTaps apply for grants and to perform necessary research related thereto. Specific tasks could include: developing a paper about the ‘theory of change’ for CityTaps; writing grant applications; performing market evaluation studies, including competition, similar projects in the developing world, etc. and helping develop a social impact strategy.
Qualifications: For the engineering related placements, IIP candidates with interests in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and/or computer science are encouraged to apply. Technical skills in embedded systems, programming, mechanics, plastics, robotics, fluid mechanics modeling, and/or CAD design would be an asset. For the grants writing and research placement, IIP candidates with interests in international development, political science, economics and/or public policy are encouraged to apply. Experience in writing, research and specific experience in grant and proposal writing would be an asset. For all placements, French language skills would be a plus, as would the knowledge of any African language.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2017 and TO APPLY, click here: CityTaps
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
About: Eurofish is an international organization established to assist the development of fisheries and aquaculture in Central and Eastern Europe focusing on post-harvest fisheries and aquaculture industries. Eurofish contributes to the development of fisheries and the aquaculture sector through the publication of marketing and industry related information in the Eurofish Magazine, Eurofish website, as well as through the organization of conferences, workshops and seminars and by executing a variety of projects in the fields of trade and market, processing and aquaculture. The key objectives of Eurofish are to contribute to the sustainable development of the fisheries and aquaculture sector; promote trade of high quality, value-added fishery products; and facilitate the transfer of information and knowledge.
Intern Responsibilities: Interns may have any of the following responsibilities: assisting in the preparation of market studies; writing project applications in the field of fisheries; performing IT/web design/ maintenance and database management; assisting in promotion and communication activities; conducting market research and socio-economic studies; research various sales and promotional agencies/ institutions and perform other duties as required.
Qualifications: Candidates with interests in marketing, business administration, economics, journalism; project management and/or computer science are encouraged to apply.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the past IIP interns): Intern #1: I had several tasks- Managing and analyzing data to build a European seabed mapping website, writing short pieces for the company's magazine, copy editing the magazine, making changes to the company's contact database.Intern #2: Designed graphics for a conference (posters, program, website banners, etc), wrote software manuals and small pieces for magazine, corrected English in communications and articles. I migrated the Eurofish website into an updated Joomla! platform.
View a PowerPoint presentation by a past IIP intern:
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2017 and TO APPLY, click here: Eurofish|
Geodynamics Group, Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University (ANU)
Location: Canberra, Australia
About: The research of the Geodynamics Group at the Research School of Earth Sciences, is focused on using space-based observations to study changes on Earth. With strong backgrounds in geodesy, the researchers in the group are studying a wide range of topics including crustal deformation (tectonic drift, earthquakes) and glacial isostatic adjustment, as well as climate-related topics such as sea level rise and melting of polar ice sheets. Space-geodetic missions such as satellite altimeters (Jason-2, Envisat, IceSAT), space gravity (GRACE), and positioning systems (e.g. GPS) provide the observations for these studies. The research involves generating numerical models and processing the data such that estimates of these geophysical signals can be made.
Intern responsibilities: The IIP intern will work as part of a team to study some aspect of change on Earth using space-geodetic observations. There are many possible projects from which to choose: improving the modelling of satellite orbits, estimating changes in groundwater aquifers, quantifying crustal strain across continents and/or known active fault zones, deriving estimates of regional sea level rise, or measuring actual melting rates of polar regions, among others. Possible responsibilities may include developing software to model satellite orbits, processing actual satellite observations to derive estimates of geophysical processes on Earth, and/or developing and assessing different types of models for certain processes. The work is computationally intensive and the IIP intern could be involved in writing software, processing data, deriving estimates, and interpreting and evaluating the results. Previous IIP interns have worked on projects that have been submitted for publication with the intern as a co-author.
Qualifications: Strengths in maths/physics are essential for this IIP internship.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of a past intern): Intern #1: I rewrote their program to make it much more flexible, powerful and easy to work with. The project itself involved using and analyzing data from the GRACE satellite mission. I worked with Matlab a lot, so I learned quite a bit of this. I also did Monte Carlo simulations, which was very interesting. The organization was trying to find an accurate representation of the earth deformation using the data from an old satellite system called Grace. They're trying to estimate these Love Numbers in order to match the displacements collected by GPS data. If the research makes more progress, they plan on publishing a paper on their findings.Intern #2: My project was to perform inversions with the equation used to calculate earth deformation due to surface loading. I interpreted the data collected from satellites at various locations and inverted to estimate coefficients called Love Numbers. Most of my work was on Matlab and/or Fortran...
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Geodynamics Group, Research School of Earth Sciences, Australia National University
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 developing efficient appliances to reduce energy poverty in rural Cambodia and improve people’s lives by providing appropriate solutions. They also have an engineering team that tailors larger rooftop solutions to both urban and rural customers throughout the country. NRG has installed thirteen rooftop systems ranging from 300W-4KW, mostly in schools, clinics, hospitals, private homes, and other small businesses.
Intern responsibilities: IIP Interns will be able to choose their projects based on their skills and background. Examples of current projects include:
- Research and Development: as part of the team, the intern will collect information from our field staff, understand issues, and help identify and 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 focuses on the implementation of technologies, development/improvement of software to facilitate the distribution of our solutions to the end user, follow up on the product and customer satisfaction, as well as better evaluate the impact of the solution over time. Specific tasks under this project include improving the website and database, developing mobile apps, applying voice recognition software to improve our education and after sales services.
- Project Engineer: The intern will assists project managers in the evaluation/ sizing/ installation/ maintenance of our rooftop installations. The intern will help identify ways to improve engineering processes, design tools and be involved in different phases of the project.
- 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.
Previous work experiences (in the words of past IIP interns): Intern #1: I researched existing published policy on access to energy in Cambodia; Met with different levels of government to get updated information on policy and updates on implementation of policy and projects. Met with local and multinational organizations to understand challenges in current policy, and changes. Analyzed government structures and policy to advise on best ways for the private sector can have a larger say in the development of new policies and to create public-private partnerships to help with the implementation of this policy...I learned a great deal in a very short time given the unique nature of the startup. From my project, I learned how to conduct research in a foreign country (which is not as easy as going to Firestone), how to connect with government officials and how to understand the challenges and changes in renewable energy policy in a developing country. I think most of my learning has come in the form of interacting with colleagues/my supervisor in the office, with regard to how a startup or any business operates and how to delegate responsibilities and accomplish goals. Intern #2: I developed an app for the sales team here. It is for use during initial client visits, so that the team can record data efficiently, and give an immediate price estimate to the client. This will save the team the two weeks it takes them now to generate a quote from a handwritten report, both saving the team time and presenting a more professional service for the client. I advised NRG on choosing a client relations and sales management software to streamline their business processes. This involved comparing existing software in terms of price and functionality to help decide what best fits NRG's current and future needs. More importantly, I worked with NRG's head of business development to chart in detail the workflow and organizational structure of the business...I learned technical skills through building the app for NRG (this isn't really something Princeton teaches). I also learned a lot about the culture of a startup, and the dedication that it takes to make something truly great with limited financial resources...Culturally, I learned to be more patient: patient with my surroundings, because things don't always run entirely smoothly here, and patient with myself, because for as much as I'm learning, there's always more to learn. Intern #3: I was assigned a few projects: One potential project that I worked on aimed to replace the diesel generators in ten battery charging stations in rural communities. It was an application based process in which the project would be partially subsidized. However, the deadline was too soon and we weren't hearing back from our suppliers that we could not follow through with the project. In the end, I summarized our findings and design decisions in a report should the company pursue a similar type of project in the future. Then, I was assigned a new project - an off-grid solar system for a mobile container office. I presented the design in an initial proposal for this project. I also prepared energy consumption profiles. My next project was focusing on helping prevent overuse in the solar home kits. I tested batteries to find a correlation between voltage readings and state of charge/hours of use, and figured out which parameters of the charge controller to program in order to prevent overconsumption. Doing so would extend the life of these solar kits by several years and prevent customers from demanding replacement kits back when we had no way to prove that they were overusing it and killing the batteries. As a result, the new solar kits that they sell will provide a much more sustainable solution…Through these projects I learned a ton about how to properly size solar systems and significantly improved my skills in Excel. Intern #4: I was a business development intern. I worked to improve NRG's business operations/implement PAYG technology. I learned a lot about emerging solar technologies/business models and wrote a report on it.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2017 and TO APPLY, click here: NRG Solutions|
Newcastle University, Institute of Neuroscience
Location: New Castle, England
About: The Institute of Neuroscience at the University of Newcastle works in the novel field of connectomics and authored the first review in this area. The core mission of the Institute of Neuroscience is to undertake the highest quality research in neuroscience that translates into patient benefit, real world application and commercial opportunity. They aim to develop vibrant and productive interactions between researchers within their Institute, with other Faculty of Medical Sciences research institutes, and with external groups, aligning with the New Castle University’s core mission of ‘Excellence with a Purpose.' Their research is grouped into four broad research themes: Neural Systems and Applied Neurophysiology; Mitochondrial Disorders; Developmental, Behavioral and Comparative Neuroscience; and Neurodegenerative, Cerebrovascular & Psychiatric Disorders.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP Interns will contribute to projects in the lab, likely under one of its four research themes. Previous projects include: Computational analysis of visual perception data in the praying mantis, computational analysis of brain activity in the auditory system of zebra finches, auditory psychophysics, behavioral assessment of taste in bumblebees, electrophysiological recording of proboscis muscles in bumblebees, human memory and movement disorders.
Qualifications: Candidates with interests in neuroscience, psychology, life sciences, and/or computer science are encouraged to apply. Skills in histology/staining/western blotting or programming such as MATLAB, statistical skills or knowledge of statistics would be an asset.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Intern #1: I worked on the assigned research project (usually coding in MATLAB); attended weekly lab meetings; prepared final reports. Intern# 2: Built a database for epilepsy patient data as a medical aid for clinicians to extract features from recordings and search for similar recordings based on comparison of features or metadata. The project involved designing the system and programming all the different pieces of the puzzle. A significant portion of the programming was done in MATLAB for extracting particular features for EEG recordings and MySQL was used for designing the database. I also used Perl and HTML to build a web application that interfaced with MATLAB and the database. Intern #3: I worked on implementing and running trials on a paradigm that tests human perception of spectral flux. Spectral flux is an element of timbre, a broad classification of auditory qualities that distinguish sounds from one another based on properties other than pitch and volume. Understanding human perception of spectral flux will increase our understanding of how humans distinguish auditory objects, for example how one voice can be heard from a sea of background noise..I was also responsible for updating the script I wrote to run the trial as we determined changes that should be made and came up with the practice paradigm that made the trial feasible for participants in under an hour. The paradigm I developed will also be used for macaque subjects. My other coding project was to properly modulate the stimuli for another trial so that they could be more easily used in a clinical setting...I was introduced to a number of interesting fields through talks I have been to at the Institute, for example retinal prosthetics, and I learned about primate research and toured the primate facilities. I taught my colleagues about programming which improved my communication skills. Finally, I learned a lot about MATLAB and writing clear, effective code that can be used by others. This was my first experience writing code outside of a COS class so I have been getting to apply a lot of the skills I learned in class to actual projects. Intern #4: I did a behavioral taste assay with bumblebees where I measured their consumption in response to different concentrations of KCl, Quinine, and Sucrose. Additionally, the speed of retraction of the proboscis, wing size, thorax size, and other measurements were recorded and plotted. MY next project was something more directly related to neuroscience. My supervisor and I gathered recordings from the muscle that controls the glossa of the bumblebee and then we sorted and analyzed the spikes. I learned skills in electrophysiology in addition to data analysis and collection. Intern #5: My project involved mining a large data set of data from experiments involving recordings of neurons in monkeys' visual cortex from the past 15 or 20 years. The main goal of my project was to test a theory predicting a certain correlation between receptive field size and the type of visual neurons I was looking at. What I did was mine the data set in order to test the validity of these predictions. A secondary goal to my placement was to have me create a write up to help others more easily navigate and access the data I am working with in the future. As far as the project goes, I learned quite a bit about the biology and the theory behind vision, specifically disparity and stereoscopic or 3D vision. Even though I worked in a dry lab and mostly programming, I still had to read a bunch of more biologically based papers in order to be able to better understand what exactly I was looking for. Even though I could have just blindly done the data analytics I found it both fulfilling and helpful to learn more about the data I was studying. On a more general side, I learned what it is like to work in a lab, and go to lab meetings. Even though I am the only person working specifically on my project, the lab meeting still made me feel like part of the team. It let me interact with professionals in the field on a peer to peer level.
View a Powerpoint presentation by a past IIP intern:
Newcastle University Intern #1
Newcastle University Intern #2
Newcastle University Intern #3
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2017 and TO APPLY, click here: Newcastle University
University of South Bohemia, Institute of Physical Biology
Location: South Bohemia, Czech Republic
About: This project is part of the Biological Engineering Group in the Institute of Physical Biology. Brief background on the Group's main project: Frontiers of biology lie now in exact evaluation of biological processes, whether the field is called Systems Biology, Biological Engineering, or another name. There is currently discrepancy between processes observed in living cells, for example by microscopy, and models that are based mainly on biochemical observations--that is, interactions of proteins and metabolites extracted from the cell culture and examined in the test tube. There are many examples of non-homogeneous behavior in cells that have essential functional meaning and may be crucial for discrimination between living and non-living matter. In contrast to the prevalent approach the Group examines the macroscopic properties of cells and uses a stochastic systems approach from control engineering for model building. For that a new mathematical method of point information contribution and point information entropy hsa been developed, which is implemented into software used for evaluation of processes in living cells.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns may choose from a few existing projects or projects that align with the intern’s own interests may be arranged. Projects will include work in one or more of the following areas:
- Reconstruction of the living cells using optical microscopy in transmitted light and atomic force microscopy- This project will help IIP interns become acquainted with such microscopy techniques like atomic force microscopy (AFM) and optical microscopy. IIP interns will prepare on their own samples with lving cells for AFM imaging. Partakers will have an opportunity to work in the force spectroscopy mode in order to get information about mechanical properties and topology of different cell lines and to work with an optical microscope to obtain information on the cell interior. Also, the IIP intern will be introduced to image processing techniques based on information entropy approach. The aim of this project is to cultivate and fix cells, get images, perform image processing and reconstruction.
- Testing microscopes and algorithms developed at the ICS, tracking organelles- Their lab has developed an algorithm for 3D modelling and tracking of cell organelles and their images by an optical system of a transmission light microscope. The goal of this project is to develop and use 3D polygraphy for printing mass models of these organelles and their images by the microscope and find the trajectory of organelles' movement. The project aim is to develop a method of 3D polygraphy for printing mass models of cell organelles and draw the trajectories of moveable organelles.
- Fish school behavior in five information dimensions- Fish behavior is a prototype for behavior of higher organism. Upon their analysis, numerous extrapolations are made for fields as distant as robotics and human psychology.
Qualifications: Candidates should have an academic background in experimental or theoretical physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, informatics, or mechanical, chemical, or electrical engineering. Basic chemical or biological laboratory skills, teamwork skills and computer knowledge are recommended.
Previous work experiences (in the words of the past IIP interns): Intern #1: I tested and calibrated microscope equipment to determine its optimal functional limits; analyzed data from these tests using the lab's computational analysis protocols; and made a final poster and presentation. Intern #2: I worked on protein crystallization and atomic force microscopy (AFM) of living cells, particularly osteosarcoma cells, strain MG-62, and mice fibroblasts, strain L929. With protein crystallization, I prepared lysozyme crystals by trying out two different methods -- sitting drop and microseeding -- and successfully yielded crystals. I tried to find a way to adhere the crystals to the microscope slide so the sample does not move when it is being scanned. I contacted with a professor from NASA in order to figure out what materials he used so that I can replicate his experiment where he successfully held the protein in place. With atomic force microscopy, I was trained on using the machinery and how the images can be used to determine biochemical processes that are occurring within the cell. This can be used to determine whether or not a cell is at risk of certain diseases, especially cancer. I also learned to cultivate cells and immobilize them for scanning by AFM. I was trained in using the machinery and using it to take elasticity measurements of the cell. I used this information to determine which cells were most compatible with which substrate, which helped determine what material something should be made out of for permanent insertion into the body. In the end, I presented my project on a PowerPoint and created a poster for future displays.
View a PowerPoint presentation by a past intern:
University of South Bohemia Intern #1
University of South Bohemia Intern #2
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2017 and TO APPLY, click here: University of South Bohemia, Institute for Physical Biology|
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
About: Established in 1993, Viva Rio is a non-profit organization that aims to foster a culture of peace and social inclusion through a commitment to research, field work, and the formulation of public policies. The institution was formed by representatives from several sectors of civil society as a direct response to the growing violence that has plagued Rio de Janeiro. Viva Rio has developed and consolidated activities and projects that have inspired public policy. Several of these policies have been adopted by government, businesses, and other organizations.
Viva Rio works towards a vision of a society that integrates security and civil rights; justice and freedom; development and environment; modernity and cultural diversity and specialize in applying innovative solutions for social and environmental problems in vulnerable areas.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will work on one or more of the following specific internship projects:
- Data Analysis on Preventive (Family) Health Strategy project: Viva Rio’s Family Health Strategy program began in 2009 as a part of the Family Healthy Strategy of the federal government. There, community health agents provide preventive care and orientation for medical assistance to patients at health units or at their homes. Each team serves 4000 people, or about 1000 families. What sets the Family Health Strategy apart are its multidisciplinary teams, developed through management practices, health care efforts, democratic attitudes, participatory awareness working on the ideal of promoting health. Teamwork is the key to communication and the exchange of experiences and knowledge. On each of their 70 family clinics they have an integrated virtual Information system. They generate indicators on tuberculosis cases, HIV, maternal care and other important health issues. IIP interns will have the opportunity to participate in specific research and help investigate and analyze data on health issues to better understand their reality. The IIP intern will also be expected to deliver a paper/article/report on a specific topic by the conclusion of their experience.
- Drugs Policy project: In 2009, Viva Rio met with 26 representatives from economic, anthropological, sociological, legal, law enforcement, artistic, sporting, scientific, medical, religious, and business backgrounds to found the Brazilian Commission on Drugs and Democracy (CBDD). The main purpose of CBDD is to forge new paths toward a drug policy that is more efficient and fair. They were also part of the Latin American Commission for Drugs and Democracy and work with a large network of NGOs, think-tanks and governments on discussing drugs related issues. Their National Campaign for changing the Brazilian law on drugs is now in the lobby phase inside the Senate. While they wait for possible next steps, they need to keep pushing forward building up new partnerships and improving some important relationships with crucial stakeholders. They also need to collect more information about how the approaches on drug policy are moving worldwide. In order to base some arguments of their own proposition, they need to make some links between how the drugs policy paradigm is changing worldwide and its impacts on Latin America and Brazil. The IIP intern will help them monitor drugs policy issues worldwide and write some analytical papers on a comparative politics basis. The intern must be interested in drug policy in general, with a special focus on Latin America dynamics. The IIP intern will also be expected to deliver a paper/article/report on a specific topic at the conclusion of his/her experience.
- Project Management project: The Project Management Office of Viva Rio works as an integrating office to create synergy among all projects. Their duties are elaborating, planning, monitoring, evaluation and also all the accountability for the projects. They deal with more than 30 projects on a daily basis. As Viva Rio has grown very quickly in the past few years, the volume of work for the administrative staff has risen considerably. They are constantly in contact with project coordinators to follow up on project activities. As they are co-responsible for a huge part of projects operating in territory, they need to improve their strategy to monitor and evaluate a huge number of projects and programs. The IIP intern will help them in developing new and better indicators, as well as new models for collecting better data from field actions. The intern may also have as a task working on this collected data to generate reports, graphics, articles, papers and similar. The projects are on diverse areas, such as education, health, sports, environment and others.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in statistics, operations research, computer science, anthropology, sociology, Latin America, global health and health policy, public health systems, data analysis, and information systems are encouraged to apply. Quantitative and qualitative analytical skills and good writing skills would be an asset. Any level of Portuguese would be an asset; intermediate Spanish in reading, speaking and writing is required.
Previous work experiences (in words of past IIP interns): Intern #1: My job was to create a report that compares drug policy between Brazil, Ecuador, Uruguay, the US, Portugal, and the Netherlands. I specifically focused on harm reduction, decriminalization, and medical marijuana use. Intern #2: I developed systems for accumulating data/indicators on project efficacy; observed programs in action, and explored current data collected on the programs that have available data. Intern #3: I was in charge of my own research project. I helped the organization come up with indicators to evaluate the performance of the harm reduction programs managed by the organization - they were the CAPSAD Miriam Makeba, CAPSAD Paulo da Portela, and the four Casas Vivas projects (Bangu, Bonsucesso, Del Castilho, Penha). This consisted of preliminary reading of the materials the organization has put out in relation to its harm reduction approach. Then, a literature review of evaluation research of Harm Reduction centers in other countries, to base the model and process of my research. For the first three weeks to a month or so I read research based in Brazil, the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia and Colombia to get examples and inspiration. Then I visited all the CAPSAD and Casas Vivas to get a sense of how they work, and then also visited other drug treatment centers to see what differentiates Viva Rio´s programs. I interviewed social development team members at each program and then coded the interviews to get a general scope of indicators of the programs. My project culminated in a presentation to the Viva Rio board and my supervisors on my research findings...I learned so much about public health research and harm reduction. I had never heard about this approach to drug abuse treatment.
View a PowerPoint presentation by a past intern:
Viva Rio Intern # 1
Viva Rio Intern #2
Viva Rio Intern #3
This internship is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used by GHP juniors for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application).
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2017 and TO APPLY, click here: Viva Rio
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: Media and Communications
IIP-IN Portugal will place students in several media and communication institutions. Candidates selected for an IIP-IN Portugal (Media and Communications) placement will be matched with the internship site most aligned with their interests and skills.
Possible examples of internship sites include:
BAR, an independent creative agency, which was launched in 2009. Its mission is to create ideas that help brands grow by connecting with their consumers. Its team creates advertising, design and digital ideas. It is one of the country's top award-winning agencies and works with some of the biggest brands in Portugal, such as Sagres beer and Millennium bank. It also creates brands and campaigns for Angola.
Positions for 2016 IIP-IN Interns at BAR include:
- Assistant to Graphic Designer - Graphic designers are responsible for creating design solutions that have a high visual impact. These designs are employed across a wide range of products and activities, including websites, advertising, books, magazines, posters, computer games, product packaging, exhibitions and displays, corporate communications and corporate identity, everything that makes up an organisation's visual 'brand'. Graphic designers work to a brief agreed with the client, creative director or account manager. They develop creative ideas and concepts, choosing the appropriate media and style to meet the client's objectives. The IIP intern will assist the graphic designer in their responsibilities.
- Assistant to Art Director - Advertising art directors, often known as 'creatives', produce innovative ideas for the visual elements of advertising campaigns in all kinds of media, including: cinema and television; internet (digital/viral marketing); posters; press; and radio.An art director usually works alongside a copywriter to form a 'creative team'. Traditionally, the copywriter produces the words to go with the visuals created by the art director. These roles are now becoming more blurred and it is likely that both will have an input into the visual and written content of the advertising campaign. The IIP intern will assist in the work of the art director.
Qualifications: IIP interns should have interests in media and design, as well as, creative flair, an up-to-date knowledge of industry software (Photoshop and Illustrator) and a professional approach to time, costs and deadlines.
Previous work responsibilities in the words of past IIP interns:
Intern 1#: Currently I am working on a special new project that will be hosted on an island off the coast of Morocco. My specific job role within this given project is to give creative input. My work partner and I were responsible for our own project regarding a new festival on Madeira Island. We had to help create the name and help the vision of the festival come to life for the client since they had no idea what they really wanted out of the festival. The level of responsibility here was very high because we were actively brainstorming and contributing ideas. I really like how they have really thrown me into the team and new projects. Because I am on the creative team, it is my responsibility to aid in brainstorming new ideas and solutions for BAR's clients. . Intern #2: I am on a creative intern at BAR Lisboa. So far, we've done a lot of shadowing of the agency's producer on commercial shoots and meetings. We've also assisted with the branding of a technology festival concept the agency is pitching, and we contributed to the positioning that the agency was going to pitch to an airline looking to rebrand. We also were given an exercise where we had to distill research presented in two 60-slide decks into a one-page creative brief.
View a PowerPoint (.pdf) by a past IIP intern:
IIP-IN Portugal - Media and Communications PowerPoint #1
NOS - Interns have the opportunity to work with NOS. NOS is the largest communications group in Portugal, with a competitive leadership position and focus on providing truly convergent and relevant services. The NOS group business areas include: cable TV, mobile communications, movie theaters, and music festivals.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will work on projects in one or more of the following areas:
- Product Marketing: Collaborate on one of the NOS marketing campaigns, aid in the launch of a product, and help with the marketing development of new products.
- Information Technology: Collaborate on the development of one specific project in the IT department.
- Brand: Collaborate with the marketing team on public relations for the company. Help create advertising campaigns.
- Television network: Collaborate on network television projects.
Qualifications: Students with interests in media, technology, information systems, economics, marketing, or psychology are encouraged to apply. Basic Portuguese skills are required.