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
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.
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
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.
Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e Aplicada Brazil, LUA PROJECT
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 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: 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: Kakamenga, Kenya
TropicalClinics is a non-governmental organization that builds one-of-a-kind health centers in rural areas of Africa and other developing nations. Their organization aims to provide the best medical, therapeutic, nutritional, and psychological care possible promoting the total health of people living in underserved rural communities. TropicalClinics has several projects that could utilize students’ skills and at the same time provide students with opportunities to enhance their skills. Potential IIP intern projects may include:
- Information technology project: Develop matrix/processes for collecting measurable patient data and create statistical evaluations that can be shared with Tropical Clinics donors and supporters. IIP candidates for this position should have a background and experience in IT and statistics/collecting measurable data.
- Operations project: Work directly with laboratory technicians to fully implement standard of operation procedures. IIP candidates should have a desire to work in global health and familiarity with the implementation process of department operating procedures and experience working with others.
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.