IIP Internships in Engineering, Physics and Math
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 Engineering, Math, and Physics
Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)
Location: Santiago and San Pedro de Atacama (Chile)
About: The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), an international astronomy facility, is a partnership of Europe, North America and East Asia in cooperation with the Republic of Chile. ALMA is a worldwide project; the synthesis of early visions of astronomers in its three partner communities: Europe, North America and Japan. ALMA is a fusion of ideas, with its roots in three astronomical projects: the Millimeter Array (MMA) of the United States, the Large Southern Array (LSA) of Europe, and the Large Millimeter Array (LMA) of Japan. The data produced during an ALMA observing run, as well as their calibrations, will be stored in the ALMA Archive. All ALMA scientific data will be subjected to a proprietary period of one year since the date when they were distributed to the Principal Investigator. After the proprietary period, the data will become public and any investigator can retrieve them by means of an archive request. 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 ALAM 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 through: 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, (http://weather.aiv.alma.cl).
Qualifications: Coding abilities in Python would be an asset, as would an interest and knowledge in astronomy.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)|
Bridges to Prosperity
Location: Kigali, Rwanda
About: Bridges to Prosperity provides isolated communities with access to essential healthcare, education, and economic opportunities by building footbridges over impassible rivers. By working within the local context and training local technicians, their programs aim to develop locally appropriate designs which can be economically and safely replicated. Two placements have been established for IIP interns.
Intern responsibilities: The interns will be expected to train and work on a cable-suspended bridge project.The project will be under the guidance and, when necessary, supervision of the Bridges to Prosperity Program Manager.
Qualifications: The ideal candidates for this internship would have experience working in rural areas of the developing world and experience in basic construction and masonry skills. Candidates with an academic background in civil engineering are encouraged to apply. Interns should be prepared to live and work in a rural area, lacking electricity and running potable water.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Assisted in supervising onsite construction of a bridge, including quality and safety control as well as directing workers for excavations, concrete-mixing, masonry, cable-setting, decking, etc.
View a PowerPoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern (#1).
View a PowerPoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern (#2).
Location: Beijing, China
About: China Renaissance is a leading independent investment bank in China focused on providing strategic financial advice to leading Chinese entrepreneurs and financial sponsors across a broad range of sectors, with a particular specialization in TMT, Consumer, and Healthcare. Their services include private fund-raisings, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, sales, and equity research. China Renaissance currently employs more than 60 professionals around the world in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. In the past six years their company has become the number one advisor to Chinese entrepreneurs and successfully closed over US$6 billion worth of transactions. The internship program features challenging and market-related projects, rotations through various sectors across investment banking division, and seminars led by business professionals, which is a great opportunity to discover the dynamic environment of the firm's investment banking division, where China Renaissance provides Private Placement, M&A, Restructuring and other financing solutions.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns typically will analyze financial and operating information for corporations and industries; create statistical summaries that analyze comparative financial performance; build models to project financial results and to value companies; prepare client presentations; participate actively in the execution of financings and M&A transactions and conduct in-depth industry research and analysis.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in economics, finance and/or investment banking are encouraged to apply. Basic Mandarin reading, writing, speaking skills are required.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: China Renaissance|
Location: Paris, France
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 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: CityTaps|
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.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Digital Solutions|
Locations: Santiago, Temuco, Antofagasta, Puerto Varas, and Concepcion, Chile
Endeavor transforms emerging countries by establishing high-impact entrepreneurship as the leading force for sustainable economic development. At Endeavor Chile, we search & select for high-impact entrepreneurs and then support them with services to improve their business models, expand their networks, and catalyze sustainable growth. IIP interns will have the opportunity to support the Search & Selection, Entrepreneur Services, Outreach, or Metrics Analysis team at one of the Endeavor offices. A detailed description of each position area is available in the IIP office. Endeavor Chile also spearheading an education initiative called “Aprendimiento”. The “Aprendimiento” program aspires to promote a culture of entrepreneurship within Chile by sponsoring programs that inspire and empower students to become responsible global citizens. The program supports IIP interns by fostering entrepreneurial values such as leadership, creativity, taking initiative, thinking “outside the box”, and trustworthiness. The IIP interns will learn to leverage their entrepreneurial spirit, identify opportunities for their future, and prepare for their future. IIP candidates interested in working on the education initiative would be staffed at the Puerto Varas office. This IIP placement is an ideal opportunity for IIP candidates with interests in entrepreneurship and Latin America. Skills and/ or experience in business would be an asset. Spanish proficiency is preferred, but not required. When applying interns should rank the offices at which they would be interested in working. IIP Interns should also specify if they are applying to work on the “Aprendimiento” education initiative. If an IIP intern is not applying to work on the education initiative,please indicate if you have a strong preference for supporting Endeavor in a certain focus area: Search & Selection, Entrepreneurship Services, Outreach, & Metrics Analysis. This placement is ideal for students with interest in entrepreneurship; Latin America and Latin American development, economic development, microfinance, finance, economics, engineering, business, management, public policy and/or information technology. Good knowledge of Spanish is required. Three placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Endeavor - Chile|
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.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 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, 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.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Geodynamics Group, Research School of Earth Sciences, Australia National University|
International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Location: Accra, Ghana
About: IWMI is an international scientific non-profit organization that undertakes world-class research to help improve water management in developing countries. IWMI’s Mission is to provide evidence-based solutions to sustainably manage water and land resources for food security, people’s livelihoods, and the environment. Two placements have been established for IIP interns. Intern responsibilities: The interns will be placed in pairs. Each intern pair will conduct research that will include: defining the main products/activities, target audiences and aims of the different products/activities; setting up the methodology for assessment, based on face-to-face interviews; undertaking this analysis (travel in the allocated country may be required); analyzing the results, and participating in a workshop; presenting these results and making recommendations for future marketing and communications.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in communications, science, agriculture, environmental studies, or development are encouraged to apply. Experience conducting surveys, interviews, and data analysis would be an asset.
View a Powerpoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Intern 1: Wrote software in the R programming language to help manage input and output to and from the SWAT water modeling package; Drafted policy briefs from lengthy research reports to present to public officials; Helped write the text for an informational guide. Intern 2: Wrote new Office brochure; reached out to government/NGO/press officials for a TV launch/publicity event; edited subtitles for their English TV series; data entry and basic linear regressions on excel; organized a file system for Office data.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: International Water Management Institute (Ghana)|
Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Location: Goettingen, Germany
The Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization is a research institute for investigations of complex non-equilibrium systems, particularly in physics and biology. Its founding history goes back to Ludwig Prandtl who in 1911 requested a Kaiser Wilhelm Institute to be founded for the investigation of aerodynamics and hydrodynamics. As a first step, the Aeronautische Versuchsanstalt (now the DLR) was established in 1915 and then finally the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Flow Research was established in 1924. In 1948 it became part of the Max Planck Society. In 2003 it was renamed to Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-organisation. It is one of 80 institutes in the Max Planck Society (Max Planck Gesellschaft). The institute has four departments conducting research in the following areas: nonlinear dynamics, fluid dynamics, pattern formation, biocomplexity, and dynamics of complex fluids. IIP interns will work on tasks related to the experimental and theoretical projects of the Institute. IIP candidates with interests in physics, biology, math, and natural sciences are encouraged to apply. Four placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
About: NRG Solutions is a renewable energy start-up looking for ways to empower people in Cambodia with clean energy solutions. NRG has two main areas of focus: They are starting to build a national distribution network for clean energy products and efficient appliances to reduce energy poverty in rural Cambodia and improve people’s lives by providing appropriate solutions. They also have an engineering team who tailors larger rooftop solutions to both urban and rural customers throughout the country. NRG has installed 13 rooftop systems ranging from 300W-4KW, mostly in schools, clinics, hospitals, private homes, and other small businesses. Three placements have been established for IIP interns.
- Research and Development: The intern will be part of the research and development team. This may involve taking information from our field staff, understanding the problems that people face, and trying to identify or develop a solution to these problems. The intern will also have to consider the financial feasibility, logistics of the supply chain, from purchase, to delivery, to after sales maintenance of the solutions.
- IT and Software Solutions: This project will have to do with the implementation of technologies, development/improvement of software to facilitate the distribution of our solutions to the end user, follow up the product and customer satisfaction, as well as better evaluate the impact of the solution on over time. Specific tasks under this project could be as basic as improving the website and database, to more complicated tasks such as developing mobile apps and even applying voice recognition software to improve our education and after sales services.
- Project Engineer: The intern may assist our project managers in the evaluation/ sizing/ installation/ maintenance of our rooftop installations. The intern will be asked to help in any phase of the project and might be involved in different project at different phases at any given time. When not assisting the project manager in these tasks, the project engineer will be looking at ways to improve our engineering processes and design tools.
- Business Development: The intern will spend more time with the managers and director understanding the business and looking at the business model, supply chain, marketing strategy, financial planning, to help the business be more effective and sustainable.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in electrical, mechanical, or environmental engineering, as well as renewable energy, business, marketing/communications, fundraising, accounting, and/or web development are encouraged to apply. Experience in Solar Energy Specific software, web programming, CRM software, financial modeling, or marketing would also be an asset.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: NRG Solutions|
Stiftung Solarenergie Philippines
Location: Manila, Philippines
Stiftung Solarenergie (StS) Philippines is a social enterprise organization that strives to combat rural poverty by providing all off-grid villages with access to innovative technology solutions powered by solar energy. This placement provides IIP interns bwith the opportunity to understand how social entreprises work. One in four Filipinos lack access to electricity. The vast majority of these 25 million individuals live in isolated coastal and mountainous regions across the country. StS Philippines is engaged in illuminating off-grid households via solar home lighting systems, installing community-level solar applications such as computer labs and water pumps, empowering beneficiaries through education and capacity building, and mobilizing citizen-sector support for efforts to eradicate energy poverty. StS catalyzes change by leveraging both market-based as well as philanthropic resources, working in tandem with social businesses and community-based organizations to ensure sustainable impact at the grassroots level. IIP interns will assume significant responsibilities and gain the opportunity to support ongoing community development work at the grassroots level. The responsibilities of the IIP intern will include working on projects related to designing, piloting, and evaluating household and community level solar energy solutions, such as the design of solar homes (lighting, radios, phone charging, TV, fan, refrigerator), solar community learning centers (computers and educational content), and solar lamp rental facilities. Specific projects may include: marketing and communications, impact assessment, product assessment and development, financial analysis, partner and donor database management, market research/mapping, and supporting programs and campaigns. IIP interns can contribute to the communication and publicity of advocacy campaigns that aim to mobilize resources and raise awareness on rural electrification issues. This placement is ideal for IIP candidates interested in economic and community development, the environment, technology and social enterprises. Online media, graphic design, and video editing skills would be an asset but are not required. Three placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Dealt with mapping out unelectrification for regions of Philippines to prioritize company strategy for regions to target / -Piloted and configured new solar unit product to aid in diversification of solar product portfolio; eventually demoed solar products.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Stiftung Solarenergie, Philippines|
Tsinghua University, Department of Precision Instrumentation and Mechanology
Location: Beijing, China
About: The Department of Precision Instruments and Mechanology (DPIM) originated from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, Tsinghua University, which was founded in 1932. With a high reputation, the department is the earliest engineering discipline department in China, mainly engaged in talent cultivation and scientific research in the field of advanced manufacturing, including Mechanical Engineering, Optical Engineering, and Instrument Science and Technology. Adhering to the advanced educational conception of Tsinghua University, i.e. “cultivate talents with a sound character of state and social services,” the DPIM always treats talent cultivation as its primary task, with the aim of cultivating outstanding “research, managerial, innovative, international” personnel in advanced manufacturing who master the trends of the times and pursue academic excellence. Two placements have been established for IIP interns.
Intern responsibilities: The IIP placement is within the Department of Precision Instruments and Mechanology and will focus on one of the following two projects:
- “Observation on the velocity profile of blood flow in microchannel using micro-PIV system." The motion of the red blood cells (RBC) in microvascular is strongly dependent on time, flow and geometries, and the microfluidics provide a good platform to study the blood flow in complex geometries. In this study, a T-junction microchannel is to be designed and fabricated based on soft lithograph technology, to observe the red blood cells (RBC) motion in the daughter branches. The velocity profiles of the blood flow is to be measured by the micro-PIV system using the RBCs as tracers, and the effect of the size ratio of the daughter branches on the motion of the RBCs is to be investigated.
- "Observation of the cavitation in a small glass venturi channel." The cavitating flow through a converging-diverging nozzle has important impacts on the engineering pipe flow and biomedical heart valves. To udnerstand the cavitation of the liquid in small channels, a glass venturi shaped channel with the characteristic length of milllimeter is to be designed and fabricated. Using this device, the cavitation phenomenon is to be observed by a fast camera under the controlled driven pressures. Then the cavitation number and the effect of the liquid-solid interface are to be investigated.
The IIP intern will participate in the experimental research related to microfluidic systems, and he/she will be responsible for the design and the proceeding of the experimental work.
Qualifications: This IIP placement is ideal for IIP candidates with interests in Mechanical Engineering, Fluid Dynamics, Bio Engineering, and Chemical Engineering. Experience and/or skills in technical drawing and common computer software, and basic experimental skills would be an asset.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Research pulsatile flow and steady flow of red blood cells in a bifurcating microchannel and their clotting effects. This includes designing the experimental setup, acquiring the necessary equipment and blood, fabricating microdevices, and running experiments.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Tsinghua University|
Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS
Location: Tronoh, Perak, Malaysia
Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) was established in 1997 when PETRONAS was invited by the Malaysian government to set up a university. UTP offers a wide range of engineering and technology programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels complemented with a strong focus on Research and Development. The programs are designed with high industry relevance to provide a dynamic learning environment. The Civil Engineering Department involves the application of engineering principles and applied sciences to the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of capital projects in a typical asset life cycle. This includes buildings, roads, bridges, dams, airports, water and wastewater treatment plants, oil and gas production facilities, special purpose structures and any engineered structures for the comfort of mankind. Research projects of the department include focuses in computer aided design, surveying, transportation engineering, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, pavement and materials engineering, construction and project management, steel and concrete design, water and wastewater engineering. IIP interns will work on a research project on rice husk ash.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Reading and researching scientific literature to acquire knowledge on a particular study. Calculating different ratios of materials for concrete mixes. Batching and casting concrete and/or cement mixtures in various sized molds.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS|
University of Science and Technology Beijing, School of Mechanical Engineering
Location: Beijing, China
About: The University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB) was founded in 1952 following the amalgamation of the best departments in related fields of five eminent universities as a result of a nationwide reorganization of the higher education system. Over half a century of growth, it has developed into one of the most influential key national universities sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Education. USTB is renowned for its study of metallurgy and materials science. Its main focus is on engineering; at the same time it maintains a balanced program of science, management, humanities, economics, and law. USTB is now working towards its goal of becoming one of the top-ranking research universities in China and an internationally renowned higher education institute with its own distinguishing features. Two placements have been established for IIP interns.
Intern responsibilities: The IIP placement is within the School of Mechanical Engineering and the IIP interns will contribute to a project entitled “Observation of the Cavitation in a Small Glass Venturi Channel": The cavitating flow through a converging-diverging nozzle has important impacts on the engineering pipe flow and biomedical heart valves. To understand the cavitation of the liquid in small channels, a glass Venturi shaped channel with the characteristic length of millimeter is to be designed and fabricated. Using this device, the cavitation phenomenon is to be observed by a fast camera under the controlled driven pressures. Then, the cavitation number and the effect of the liquid-solid interface are to be investigated. The IIP interns will participate in the experimental research related to microfluidic systems, and he/she will be responsible for the design and the proceeding of the experimental work.
Qualifications: This IIP placement is ideal for IIP candidates with interests in Mechanical Engineering, Fluid Dynamics, Bio Engineering, and Chemical Engineering. Experience and/or skills in technical drawing and common computer software, and basic experimental skills would be an asset.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: University of Science and Technology Beijing|
University of South Bohemia, Institute of Physical Biology
Location: South Bohemia, Czech Republic
This project is part of the Biological Engineering Group in the Institute of Physical Biology. IIP interns may choose from a few existing projects. In addition, projects that align with the IIP intern's own interests may be arranged. Here is some 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. IIP intern responsibilities will include work in one or more of the following areas: 1) cell monolayer cultivation, cell time-lapse microscopy, simple data evaluation all with relation to cancer research, implantology, intestinal tract diseases, etc. 2) software testing, participation in image analysis or chromatography data analysis software development, building of data storage systems; 3) mathematical modeling of biological processes, fluid flow description in bioreactors by CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) codes, laboratory Couette-Taylor bioreactor testing, design of experiments to identify model parameters, proposal of new experimental protocols for essential biotechnology processes. At the end of the summer, the IIP interns will participate in a project presentation. IIP 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. Skills in Spanish, Czech, German, or Swedish would be an asset but are not required. Three placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): 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.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: University of South Bohemia, Institute for Physical Biology|
Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology, College of Architecture
Location: Anhui Province, Gansu Province and Xi'an, Shaanxi Province
About: Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology, College of Architecture was established by two pioneers in modern architecture education in China. In 1956, during the third nationwide restructuring of universities and colleges, the College of Architecture was established as a merger of the two departments. There are three undergraduate programs: architecture, urban planning, and landscape, among which urban planning is designated as the national specialty. The school has nine subsidiary institutes together with an innovative national research team for architectural environment and energy consumption control theory in West China, a key lab for architecture technology in West China, and the Shaanxi Research Center of Monuments and Sites Reservation Engineering and Technology. The school maintains the leading position in the following areas of research: human settlement in vulnerable areas in West China, human settlement of underprivileged people, and cultural heritage preservation. In partnership with Wu Zhi Qiao Charitable Foundation, they are working to create sustainable infrastructure for bridges in rural communities in Western China. Wu Zhi Qiao (Bridge to China) Charitable Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Hong Kong that encourages volunteers, especially university student volunteers from Hong Kong and Mainland China, to build footbridges and village facilities in remote and poor villages in the Mainland with green concepts. Their organization aspires to: foster better communication, mutual understanding and integration between Hong Kong and the Mainland; improve lives of underprivileged villages in remote areas of Mainland China; and inspire respect, appreciation and preservation of local culture and environment, and promulgate the concept of sustainability. Six placements have been established for IIP interns.
Intern responsibilities: In partnership with local volunteers, IIP interns will contribute to areas of investigation, design study, experiments, field construction and technical on-site supervision, so as to explore and demonstrate a suitable way towards ecological architecture suitable for China's poor rural regions. Throughout the project, IIP interns will need to understand the local livelihood, culture and environment; fully utilize local materials; and work closely with villagers to transfer practical skills and knowledge so that the villagers can take charge of maintenance work in the future. Over the past few years, the Foundation has successfully completed multiple bridge projects and one postquake village re-building demonstration. In 2015, specific projects will include:
- Macha village center project in Huining County, Gansu Province: By utilizing advanced rammed earth in rural construction, IIP interns with a team of volunteers and villagers will help design and build public facilities not only to solve the local's issues in public service and activity, but also to demonstrate to the locals an affordable and sustainable way of rural construction. In They have already completed the field investigation, experimental study, and initial design. Detailed facilities, decoration and landscape design will be completed insummer 2015. This IIP intern may participate in a series of actions, such as investigations, design, construction experiments, field construction and technical on-site supervision for left work.
- Conservation and development of traditional village in Liping County: This project is a research project for conversation and development of a poor traditional village, in which the traditional structure is still being used by locals. IIP interns will work with a team of volunteers and villagers to explore a series of solutions for improvement of living conditions, public environment, livelihood and traditional conservation. This will include a series of on-site design and hands-on work such as dwelling reformation, infrastructure construction, landscape development, etc. This IIP intern may participate in a series of actions, such as investigations, design, construction experiments, field construction and technical on-site supervision for left work.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in architecture and civil engineering are encouraged to apply. Since the earth-based technology is easy to handle, IIP interns can participate not only in the design scheme, construction experiments, and on-site design during construction, but also parts of construction work.
View PowerPoint presentations (.pdf) from past interns:
- Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology intern #1
- Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology intern #2
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here: Xi'an University, College of Architecture (Bridge to China)|
IIP-IN Portugal (Lisbon Abroad)
In partnership with Lisbon Abroad, IIP is offering an increased number of opportunities in Lisbon, Portugal. Lisbon Abroad provides meaningful and rewarding professional development internships that include cultural immersion activities. Each IIP-IN Portugal placement provides an excellent opportunity for interns to gain work experience abroad, improve their Portuguese language skills, and experience Portuguese life and culture firsthand. IIP-IN Portugal will provide customized placements to each accepted intern, depending on the intern's interests and qualifications. Not all placements will require Portuguese!
Area of Placement: Energy and Utilities
IIP-IN Portugal will place students in a variety of energy and utilities related institutions. Candidates selected for an IIP-IN Portugal (Energy and Utilities) placement will be matched with the internship site most aligned with their interests and skills.
Possible examples of internship sites include:
Galp Energia, a Petroleum energy company. Galp Energia focuses on the exploration, production, and distribution of gasoline, oil, natural gas; refineries and marketing in the retail and wholesale segments of the sector; the sale and distribution of natural gas; and the production of electricity. With two refineries and a network reaching 720 service stations, Galp Energia is Portugal’s leader in refining and marketing of oil products.
Qualifications: Students interested in marketing, engineering, economics, and finance are encouraged to apply. Basic Portuguese and/or Spanish skills are required.
Area of Placement: Engineering and Public Infrastructure
IIP-IN Portugal will place students in a variety of Engineering and Public Infrastructure related institutions. Candidates selected for an IIP-IN Portugal (Engineering and Public Infrastructure) placement will be matched with the internship site most aligned with their interests and skills.
For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2016 and TO APPLY, click here.