IIP Placements in Computer Science
Borosil Glassworks Ltd.
Location: Mumbai, India
Borosil is the largest and most well known brand in consumerware and glass tableware products in India. The company recently launched an e-commerce store. Borosil is looking for interns to help drive traffic to and increase conversions at the website by improving the user experience. Two placements have been created for IIP interns:
- The computer science intern will refine and improve technical aspects of Borosil's social marketing strategy (Facebook, Twitters, blogs, ads, etc). The intern will help work on SEO for the website and implement technical improvements to the back-end of the website, as well as increasing visibility, maximizing operational efficiency, and raising sales conversions on the website. IIP candidates with an interest in computer science, social media, Power Point, Word, or Photoshop are encouraged to apply.
- The other intern will help initiate and execute marketing ideas, concepts, and promotions that will help increase footfalls and conversions in the e-commerce store. The intern will also work with Borosil to refine social marketing strategies, create content for the e-commerce website’s social media mediums, and develop presentations for different departments. Additional responsibilities include studying the home décor sector by conducting a competitive analysis of consumer behavior and building models to analyze sales trends across products and regions over the last four years. IIP candidates with an interest in communication, writing, social media, and design are encouraged to apply.
Centre for Internet & Society
Location: Bangalore, India
The Centre for Internet & Society is seeking 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), Internet Governance (Free Speech and Expression, Privacy, Information Technology Act and Rules), and Telecom (Broadband Policies and Spectrum). 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. Interns are expected to have sound knowledge (or a willingness to learn) Indian and international laws, public speaking skills (including interaction with the media), a willingness to travel (nationally and internationally), the ability 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, etc., and also to write blog entries of their experience from participating in workshops and other events. Two placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Published original articles to Centre website; hosted meetings and events; represented the Centre at various distant conferences; wrote research papers.
Department of Telecommunications, AGH University of Science and Technology
Location: Kraków, Poland
The Department of Telecommunications at AGH University of Science and Technology is an important center for education and research in communications technologies focusing on high-speed networking and services to the e-world. Specific research topics carried out at the Department of Telecommunications include multimedia communication systems, next generation Internet, and wireless 4G networks. IIP interns will be involved in one of the research projects (solving a specific task). Academic background in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is preferred. Two placements have been established for IIP interns.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Researched DAB and DAB+ radio systems. Wrote a report summarizing key points and requirements necessary for a possible implementation for research purposes. Implemented a simple graphical user interface for an open source DAB package.
Location: Entebbe, Uganda
Digital Solutions (DS) is a Ugandan-based software development company. The company builds custom applications mainly for the telecom industry for clients in Africa, Asia and the United States.
The interns will join the DS team as it seeks to meet demanding client expectations. DS’s work involves significant research and innovative approaches to application building. IIP interns responsibilities may include: co-leading a team as programmer on existing projects; programming skills transfer/lead on in-house training for staff; helping in the maintenance of system development process and controls; and providing an independent quality assurance on existing applications to improve security, quality of execution and to ensure up-to-date documentation. Specific projects may include MMS Gateway Development, Dynamic SIM Toolkit application development, and NFC programming. This placement is ideal for IIP interns with interest in computer science. Software development in C, Python, Ruby, or Java is required. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
École Polytechnique (Research in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Mechanics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Economics)
Location: Palaiseau, France (near Paris)
École Polytechnique is a state-run institution of higher education and research, renowned for its Ingénieur Polytechnicien (polytechnic engineer) program. Established during the French Revolution in 1794, Polytechnique became a military school under Napoleon in 1804. It relinquished this status to become a public educational establishment in 1970, though it is still overseen by the Ministry of Defense. It is a founding member of the ParisTech grouping of leading Paris-area engineering schools, established in 2007. Students can apply for a research internship in any research group within one of the 22 laboratories at École Polytechnique (you may also want to peruse the internship subjects within the research groups). Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. French is not required. Do not fill out the application on the École Polytechnique website. If you are applying for this placement, put École Polytechnique on the IIP Placement application as your first or second choice and then indicate your top three choices of research groups in the "additional information or comments" section of the IIP Placement application. In your personal statement, be sure to clearly indicate why you are interested in these research groups and why you are qualified to work on such projects.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Before the internship, I did background readings on analytic combinatorics and on my supervisor's research, which involves word combinatorics and pattern searching, with applications in genomics. I used Java to implement two automata designed by my supervisor as well as a user interface for making relevant calculations using these automata, which supported my supervisor's theoretical results. We then wrote a paper about our results and submitted it to a conference.
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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, Eurofish Magazine website, as well as through the organization of conferences, workshops and seminars, business–to–business meetings 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. IIP interns with Eurofish 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-economical studies; research various sales and promotional agencies/ institutions and perform other duties as required. IIP candidates with interests in marketing, business administration, economics, journalism; project management and/or computer science are encouraged to apply. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
FIGENER Consultores de Engenharia Ltda.
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
FIGENER is an engineering and consulting company that has clients all over Brazil and Latin America. They specialize in energy – thermal power plants, cogeneration plants, energy conservation, gasification, fuel substitution – and develop studies and projects for all industrial sectors: agricultural, biomass, cement, chemical, fertilizer, food, mining, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, pulp and paper, metallurgy, mining, sugar and alcohol, etc. The IIP interns will participate in all stages of a real project: meetings with the clients, visit to the industrial plants for data gathering and measurements, computer simulations, sizing of equipment and systems, working in a team of engineers, interns and designers to develop the project documentation and many other tasks crucial to project optimization. This placement is ideal for IIP candidates with interests in mechanical and/or chemical engineering, thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and chemical reactions. Computer programming skills would be an asset as would Portuguese and Spanish skills. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): use a company software program to calculate head loss through a system; material and energy balances; theoretical design of a heat exchanger; cooling water chemistry treatment plan.
Geodynamics Group, Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University (ANU)
Location: Canberra, Australia
The research of the Geodynamics Group at the Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University, 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), 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. We know that Antarctica and Greenland are melting because of the satellite altimetry and GRACE missions, we know the global pattern of sea level rise only because of the satellite altimetry missions. The IIP intern will work as part of a team to study some aspect of changes 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, measuring actual melting rates of polar regions. Possible responsibilities may include developing software to model satellite orbits, processing actual satellite observations to derive estimates of geophysical processes on Earth, 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, 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. Strengths in maths/physics are essential for this IIP internship. Three placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Given Imaging NEW!!
Location: Yoqneam, Israel
A pioneer in the field of capsule endoscopy, Given Imaging has become a world leader in GI medical devices, offering health care providers a range of innovative options for visualizing, diagnosing, and monitoring the digestive system. The company offers a broad product portfolio including PillCam(R) capsule endoscope for the small bowel, esophagus and colon. The company also offers industry-leading GI functional diagnostic solutions including ManoScan(R) high resolution manometry, Bravo(R) capsule-based pH monitoring, Digitrapper(R) pH-Z monitoring, and SmartPill(R) motility monitoring systems. Given Imaging is committed to delivering breakthrough innovations to the GI community and supporting its ongoing clinical needs. The IIP intern will be a part of the Program Management team. Program Management's objectives are to deliver new products according to a strategic plan by leading, managing, and synchronizing product introductions per the established PLCM process of Gate reviews during the entire life cycle of the product. To accomplish these objectives Program Management drives the PLCM process with inputs from Global Marketing, R&D, the Commercial Regions, and Manufacturing. Additionally Program Management leads or supports timely resolution of customer issues with existing products. IIP candidates with interests in software, electrical engineering, and/or finance are encouraged to apply. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Location : Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Instituto Nacional de Matematica Pura e Aplicada (IMPA) is a teaching and research unit of the Ministry of Science and Technology that created and executed the “Lua” programming language. Lua is a powerful, fast, lightweight, embeddable scripting language, which is ideal for configuration, scripting, and rapid prototyping. Lua has been used in many commercial applications (e.g., Adobe's Photoshop Lightroom), with an emphasis on embedded systems (e.g., the Ginga middleware for digital TV in Brazil) and games (e.g., World of Warcraft). Since 1999, LuaSocket has been the leading API for network access from within Lua. The library is divided into a core C module that provides basic functionality, supported by high-level libraries implementing protocols such as FTP, SMTP, HTTP etc. Although the library is still very popular, there has been growing demand for support for newer asynchronous APIs in the core module, such as kqueue or epoll on Unix, and I/O Completion Ports on Windows platforms. IIP interms will help design and implement the new-generation network support for the Lua programing language. Skills required for the first IIP internship include experience in computer programming in C ,and network programming and Lua programming are desirable. A second IIP internship focuses on state-of-the-art recursive filtering on CPUs and GPUs: Recursive filtering is a basic signal-processing operation that has many applications in computer graphics (e.g., summed-area tables, Gaussian blur, B-Spline interpolation). The dependent nature of the computation poses significant challenges to the parallelization of the computation. An algorithmic framework was recently proposed for GPU-efficient (i.e., massively parallel) computation of recursive filters. A CUDA implementation is being released to the public, but there is still room for contributions. For example, it would be interesting to provide ports to DirectX Compute Shaders, OpenCL, or C++ AMP or provide sample applications that showcase the technology (for example, for higher-quality re-sampling in open-source video players). Finally, the framework may also lead to a highly efficient multi-core SIMD CPU implementation. IIP interns will be mentored through any of these challenging possibilities. Skills required for this IIP placement include computer programming in C/C++, and CUDA. Knowledge in computer graphics or signal processing would be an asset. and Sao Paulo. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Rakuten is an internet services company whose mission is to empower people and society through the Internet. One of their businesses is the Internet shopping mall Rakuten Ichiba. This site was created based on the concept of creating a platform that enabled "ordinary people skilled in retail" to open their own online shops. Rakuten Ichiba is a global pioneer of the B2B2C marketplace, which provides the platform, traffic, and expertise to empower small-scale retailers to set up their businesses on the Internet. Through Ichiba, Rakuten aims to introduce consumers to "the joy of discovery" through Internet shopping and to create an environment where merchants and consumers can interact in the same way they might in a real-world marketplace. Beyond their flagship e-commerce business Rakuten Ichiba, the Rakuten Group has expanded into a diverse array of online services, including eBooks and eReading, travel, banking, securities, credit cards, eMoney, portal media, online marketing, and professional sports. The integration of all of their services, which are anchored around their membership loyalty program, Rakuten Super Points, is the Rakuten Ecosystem and the core strategy of their international expansion. Rakuten is currently accelerating the global expansion of the Rakuten Ecosystem into the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Oceania, starting with their e-commerce, eBooks and eReading, and travel businesses. There are two areas that are accepting IIP interns business and engineering.
- For the IIP placement in business, the selected IIP interns will work on e-commerce with a focus on cross border trade marketing that includes promotion planning to increase sales of international trading transaction and channel management, and marketing analysis. IIP interns will also work in the area of creative and web design by creating a mobile strategy, working on global creative and web design (design UI for global services, improve site usability and marketing activities, conduct various analysis on global subsidiaries), conduct creative and web design strategy web analytics and web architecture (SEO analysis). Basic information technology skills are required for this placement.
- For the IIP placement in engineering, the IIP interns will work on the affiliate tracking developer, smart device technology, information systems, and a big data prototype. IIP candidates for this placement should have a background in engineering and programming experience in Java or PHP and some Linux/Unix administration experience. Skills in machine learning, NLP, database/search, algorithms for large data, and development experiences of applications for smart devices would be an asset.
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
salaUno is a fast growing social enterprise that is generating social impact in Mexico. It is a start-up company that delivers quality, accessible, and affordable eyecare services focused on low and middle income segments. salaUno was founded during the winter of 2010 by Carlos Orellana and Javier Okhuysen, two entrepreneurs with international experience in finance, business, and social development. Eye-related diseases are the second cause of disability in Mexico. Approximately 60% of Mexicans have some sort of visual disability. Blindness is an important economic and social problem, and 50% of cases are avoidable by means of cataract surgery. IIP interns will be exposed to a dynamic team of entrepreneurs and will have direct responsibilities that will help shape the organization. The management structure of salaUno is very flat and the work environment will foster rapid learning by IIP interns. This is an opportunity to participate in a groundbreaking, paradigm- breaking project in the healthcare sector. Specific responsibilities may include working in one or more of the following areas: Growth Strategy: analyze areas of growth and examine how to recruit and retain medical and other personnel, a change management program, the transition to a system of clinics geographically dispersed, and information technology requirements; Commercial Marketing: develop a thorough campaign for Facebook, Twitter, and other social media for different services and products, design materials for internal and external marketing, analyze best practices from around the world, develop marketing and social media strategies to help grown their company; CRM/Sales: design strategies to have high volume of outpatients and convert those leads to surgeries, design new strategies of CRM to follow potential patients, develop a strategy to improve the data quality of patients on their first contact with the clinic, and generate a standardized form of contact with the patients from different fronts. Other responsibilities may include support towards the company getting a social impact rating (GIIRS or IRIS), support for fellowship applications and additional help in fundraising and grant writing. IIP candidates with interests in commerce, marketing, sales, management, engineering, computer science and human resources are encouraged to apply. Spanish language skills are desirable but are not required. Four placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: Bujumbura, Burundi
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. UNICEF was created with this purpose in mind – to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease, and discrimination place in a child’s path. They advocate for measures to give children the best start in life because proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a person’s future. They promote girls’ education – ensuring that they complete primary education as a minimum. They act so that all children are immunized against common childhood diseases and are well nourished. UNICEF also upholds the Convention on the Rights of the Child and they work to assure equality for those who are discriminated against, girls and women in particular. They are active in more than 190 countries and territories through country programs and National Committees. UNICEF Burundi is exploring a range of innovative technologies, processes and partnerships to tackle the most difficult challenges facing children and women, and offering eligible candidates an opportunity to contribute directly to this dynamic process. IIP interns will have the opportunity to work with the UNICEF Innovations team and a range of partners in deploying mobile-based data collection systems, implementing micro-energy/rural electrification and income-generating projects designed to deliver off-grid energy solutions to households and communities, and developing interactive, digital content for rugged, solar-powered computer kiosks installed in rural areas, and developing multimedia visibility and partnership materials for external publication. IIP candidates should have a willingness to learn, the ability to work in a multicultural environment, and a demonstrable capacity for both creative and strategic thinking. IIP candidates with strong writing and problem-solving skills and interests in economics, MIS, statistics, business, marketing, communications, computer science, education, or electrical engineering are encouraged to apply. Strong French language skills in speaking/reading/writing are recommended. Experience in programming with Django or Python, graphic design and/or the design of information management systems would be an asset for a computer science related placement. Three placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): 1. Write reports for the innovation team of UNICEF, based on individual events. 2. Write GuideBook for individual projects, such as U-report and Lumiere. 3. Engage in group discussion within the innovation team. 4. Help other researchers to develop their projects and researches.
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Visagio is a business consulting and information technology firm, specializing in operations strategy, process engineering, organization design, and supply chain and logistics optimization. The IIP intern with Visagio will engage in short-term business and technical consulting projects with Visagio’s clients. Each IIP intern will be assigned to a primary consulting project in a market segment, such as manufacturing, mining and ferrous metallurgy, agribusiness, sugar and alcohol, oil and gas, retail, telecommunications, and finance, among others. Throughout the IIP experience, the intern may participate on the following activities:
- Project management: schedule design and implementation
- Business process management: process mapping and modeling
- Organization design: area/department structuring and optimization
- Supply chain: logistics modeling and optimization
- Business planning: business plan development
- Tool development: computer programming
IIP candidates with interests in business, computer science, engineering, and economics are encouraged to apply. Basic speaking, reading, and writing skills in Portuguese and intermediate Spanish skills are highly recommended. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Location: Rio de Janeiro
Established in 1993, Viva Rio 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. Four placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. Here are details on the three projects for IIP interns:
- 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. The IIP intern 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. IIP candidates with interests in statistics, operations research, computer science, anthropology, sociology, global health, preventive health strategy, 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. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns for this project.
- 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. In that context, they need an IIP intern who can help them monitor drus policy issues worldwide and write some analytical papers on a comparative politics basis. The IIP 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. IIP candidates with interests in anthropology, sociology, global health and health policy, drugs policy, and Latin America 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. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern for this project.
- 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. In that context, they believe that the IIP intern can help them in developing new and better indicators, as well as new models for collecting better data from field actions. The IIP 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. IIP candidates with interests in Public Affairs; Anthropology, Operations Research and Financial Engineering, Sociology, Management, Monitoring and Evaluation are encouraged to apply. Skills in Quantitative/Qualitative Analysis would be an asset. Any level of Portuguese is a plus. An intermediary level of Spanish on reading/speaking/writing is required. One placement has been created for an IIP intern on this project.