IIP Placements in Computer Science
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.
Location: Entebbe, Uganda
About: Digital Solutions (DS) is a Ugandan-based software development company. The company builds custom applications mainly for telecom industry clients in Africa, Asia, and the United States. The IIP intern 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. One placement has been established for an IIP intern.
Intern responsibilities: IIP intern 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.
Qualifications: This placement is ideal for IIP interns with interest in computer science. Software development in C, Python, Ruby, or Java is required.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Designed, implemented, and tested a framework to manage communications with many types of mobile-to-mobile devices, written in Python.
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.
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, 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. Three placements have been established for IIP interns.
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, 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.
Qualifications: Strengths in maths/physics are essential for this IIP internship.View a PowerPoint presentation (.pdf) from a past intern.
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will be Ruby on Rails teaching assistants. Each intern will serve on a small team of teachers that will instruct about 25 students, who themselves will be college students from both America and South Africa. The intern be in charge of assisting students with their coding homeworks and projects during the course and will be involved in improving curriculum and homework activities for the course.
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
# of placements: 3
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. Three placements have been established for IIP interns.
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.
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Rakuten is a world-class Internet Service Company. Since their foundation in 1997, they have expanded into a wide range of business areas. Rakuten provides one-stop access to a wide range of services via the Internet. Their member database serves as the foundation for an enhanced marketing strategy based on the organic linkage of all Rakuten Group services, including e-commerce, travel, portals and finance.They call this the "Rakuten Eco-system." IIP candidates with interests in mobile technology, computer science, marketing, and creative design are encouraged to apply. Japanese skills would be an asset. Five placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
IIP interns will work on one or more of the following projects:
- Cross-border Trading Marketing:
-Promotion planning to increase sales of international trading transaction and channel management (Back to School Promotion, YouTube as a marketing channel)
-Marketing analysis: compared user profile of two competing forwarding services
- Mobile Strategy:
-Set strategy for entire Rakuten group in mobile area
-Propose strategy for the post-smartphone/tablet era
-Drive group portal applications and services
- Global Creative & Web Design:
-As a web director, design UI for global services of Rakuten worldwide
-Improve site usability and marketing activities with various analysis including UI / UX research with global subsidiaries
- Creative & Web Design Strategy Web Analytics:
- To discover critical website insights clarifying the opportunities and bottlenecks
- To build a hypothesis based on the insights and propose an optimization scheme including a robust analytics reporting PDCAs with AB testing cycles
- Creative & Web Design Strategy Web Architecture:
-SEO Keyword research and propose improvements
-Data & analytics report and SEO Audit to particular website
-Contents planning for SEO and Communicating with overseas subsidiaries
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.
Zambian Institute for Sustainable Development
Location: Lusaka, Zambia
About: The Zambian Institute for Sustainable Development is a non-governmental organization dedicated to transforming Zambia into a prosperous nation by empowering people through sustainable socioeconomic development. The Institute brings together local and global experts to identify and implement innovative solutions to Zambia’s social, economic, and technological problems. They offer need-based merit scholarships to the most brilliant underprivileged high school students through their Breaking the Chains of Poverty in Zambia Scholarship Program. Their unique, multifaceted approach to alleviating poverty promotes education in synergy with entrepreneurship and innovation, information technology, health, agriculture, and renewable energy. The Institute has achieved tremendous growth by expanding its scholarship program to 49 students at 13 schools across five cities since its launch in 2010. They plan to expand the program to 100 students next year and ultimately impact 6,000 students (top percentile) by 2020. Three graduating classes with 60 students have successfully completed high school with some of the highest scores in the nation. These students are realizing their hopes and dreams and have been awarded scholarships to study at universities in Zambia, Russia, and China. Five placements have been established for IIP interns.
Intern responsibilities: IIP interns will work on one or more of the following projects:
- SAT Preparation - IIP interns will teach students math and English skills and then mentor them in the college application process.
- Renewable Energy Program, Solar Technology - IIP interns will conduct workshops using the We Share Solar curriculum and Solar Suitcase, train students in solar technology, contribute to the illumination of off-grid households via solar home lighting systems, provide practical training lessons in installing community-level solar applications such as computer labs and water pumps, empower beneficiaries through education and capacity building, and will mobilize citizen-sector support for efforts to eradicate energy poverty. For this project, IIP interns will also install We Share Solar suitcases at power deficient schools.
- Software Development Program - IIP interns will provide students with basic education in software development and promoting entrepreneurship that capitalizes on emerging technology and markets.
- Exposure - IIP interns will expose students to current information on technologies that include web development, mobile development, networking, robotics, and other areas of computer science and communications.
- Mobile Development - IIP interns will teach students how to create simple mobile applications that help their communities and can be monetized to generate revenue. These lessons will be based on Google App Inventor which is being used all over the world to teach novice software developers of all ages how to create applications that run on the Android platform. Since the Android platform powers some of the best smart phones available, students will be able to reach a worldwide audience with their creations.
- Robotics - IIP interns, over the course of the internship,will teach students how to develop software for inexpensive robots that can be constructed from educational kits. Leveraging Mindstorms robots that emerged out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a teaching tool for secondary school students, the program will provide students with tangible and engaging hardware that motivates learning.
- Entrepreneurship - IIP interns will help in crafting the future leaders of Zambia by emphasizing entrepreneurial thinking in order to galvanize students into creating successful businesses. In order to create innovative solutions and technology, students must first become familiar with existing technology to better understand their capabilities and limitations. Exposing students to a variety of technology serves to broaden their understanding while allowing them to develop novel ideas based on their own ingenuity.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in tutoring, coaching, computer science, and solar technology are encouraged to apply. Skills in SAT preparation, software development, and constructing solar energy systems would be an asset.