IIP Placements in Engineering, Physics and Math
Location: Lima, Peru
ALTIS GROUP is an architecture and development firm with experience in projects in several countries around the world. Their mission is to create and develop architecture that both improves and creates a better living standard in the community. Through their work, they apply a dynamic and innovative approach from a human point of view to all kinds of challenges, maintaining a dialogue with clients and working with the agents needed to ensure the success of any project. IIP interns may work on any of the following projects: beach community design, urban design, hotel design, office building structures, and private residency design. IIP interns should think of all projects as open-ended opportunities to develop ideas that might contribute to the success of the projects. As a small office, the ALTIS GROUP offers a very personal service to its clients and involvement on projects is complete--from concept to business strategy to implementation. IIP interns with experience in AutoCAD, Photoshop, and a 3D program (3Dmax, Rhino) are preferred. Spanish speaking, reading, writing skills and a willingness to design would be an asset. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Bridges to Prosperity
Location: Cochabamba, Bolivia; Maliana, East Timor; Matagalpa and Condega, Nicaragua; Kigali, Rwanda
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. 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. The interns will be expected to train and work on a cable-suspended bridge project, approximately 60 meters in span. The project will be under the guidance and, when necessary, supervision of the Bridges to Prosperity Program Manager. 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. Four placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. See the placement descriptions under IIP Placements by Region for details related to the specific locations.
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.
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.
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.
École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées
Location : Marne-la-Vallée, France (east of Paris)
ENPC is the oldest engineering school in France and one of the most prestigious Grandes Écoles. The IIP placements are at the Joint Research Laboratory UMR-Navier. The IIP interns will participate on one of two research projects, which mainly concern mechanical vibrations of structures and modelling and identification of mechanical systems. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
- The first IIP placement: includes research on the civil engineering aspects of monitoring recent and aging works of art and the second IIP placement focuses on the detection and identification of damage detects on civil engineering structures. In the field of civil engineering, on the one hand, there have been studies conducted on recent art work that has become more and more sensitive to wind and thermal elements, and on the other hand, there are studies on the impact of sensitivity during the aging process of existing works of art. Monitoring is useful in the commissioning of new works and becomes an important element of diagnosis in the choice of implementation of policies for maintenance of older works. Instrumentation systems developed for monitoring health of books require an optimization (number and position of sensors for example) to meet these new needs. In parallel, the need for global methods for the quantitative assessment of the health of the works has led the development and research methods which are usually based on change of vibration characteristics (frequencies, modal and deformed depreciation modal).
- The goal of the second project is to propose new diagnosis techniques based on the exploitation of vibratory signals to improve the maintenance of the works and civil engineering equipment. Often the mechanical model of the structure or the machine is not necessarily known, and the identification of defects is based on the operation of identification algorithms. The specificity of this research is to define the principles and approaches of practical implementation of sensors in vibration for structural dynamics assessment, and in particular for the detection of damage. The lab is primarily interested in "linear" corruption, that is, the response of the structure can still be modeled retaining the linear form of the equations of motion.
For more specific details on the research projects, contact the IIP. A background in material behavior, civil engineering, or signal processing would be an asset as would MATLAB and scientific text editor skills and scientific curiosity. French language skills in reading and writing are recommended.
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.
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.
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.
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: TBD, Germany
Honeywell is a Fortune 100 company that invents and manufactures technologies to address challenges linked to global macrotrends such as safety, security, and energy. With approximately 132,000 employees worldwide, including more than 19,000 engineers and scientists, Honeywell focuses on quality, delivery, value, and technology. Honeywell’s ability to continually improve comes from successfully achieving two tasks at once: productivity and growth. Honeywell's global processes --or enablers--are Honeywell’s core internal business processes that drive efficiency and service quality. Enablers bring products and services to market faster and more cost-effectively for customers. Honeywell has four business units that include aerospace products and services, automation and control solutions, performance materials and technologies, and transportation systems. Honeywell is one of only a handful of companies worldwide capable of making the huge linear program models that are used in the planning of giant petrochemical complexes. The IIP intern will contribute to a course that Honeywell provides to mature students that is called Refining Economics. This course provides understanding of all the following aspects of the oil business that include: Industry & Market Overview, Market Analysis Methodology, Refinery Operations & Economics, Refinery Processes & Operations, Linear Programming & Refinery Planning, Blending Operations & Economics, Supply Economics, Energy Futures, Energy Contracts, Transportation and Capital Investment Analysis. The IIP intern will be responsible for updating course material from a variety of sources and will research new developments in the oil business. The IIP intern may also work on updating training materials related to the software products offered in the general field of mathematical programming, with emphasis on linear and mixed integer programming. This IIP internship is an ideal placement for an IIP candidate with interest in chemical engineering, mathematical programming, and economics. A good knowledge of chemical engineering basics, especially linear or mathematical programming would be an asset. Basic knowledge of German would be helpful but it not required. One placement has been created 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. IIP interns will contribute to the Mathematical Olympiads for Public Schools (OBMEP) project, a project financed by the Brazilian Government, under responsibility of IMPA. The objective is to provide academic support for students who, due to social or economical conditions, cannot afford a good education. The Olympiad project has resulted in producing many talented students, from the public school system, usually from low income families. In this program the students receive a scholarship, for one year from the Government to improve their mathematical background and skills. The project involves a national examination, a special program for medalists of the three levels (Level III: High school, Level II: 8 and 9th grades, and Level I: 6th and 7th grades). Specific internship responsibilities include providing English training for selected medalists of OBMEP, presenting classes of workshops on elementary (but challenging) mathematical topics, and writing content about interesting elementary problems. This position is ideal for mathematics concentrators, especially those with interests in teaching and/or Latin American studies. An understanding of Spanish and Portuguese would be an asset, but is not required. Two placements have been established 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.
Locations: Hyderabad and New Delhi, India; Pretoria, South Africa; Accra, Ghana; Kathmandu, Nepal
IWMI is an international scientific non-profit organization that undertakes world class research to help improve water management in developing countries. IWMI’s major outputs are the results of the scientific research. How this science is communicated is critical to overcome the looming global water crisis. IWMI must continually be evaluating the effectiveness of its science communications. The interns will be place 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, based on face-to-face interviews, for assessing these; 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. 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. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. See the listings in Placements by Region for descriptions of the specific projects available. 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.
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: 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.
Conversational Japanese is recommended. Six placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
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.
Tsinghua University, Department of Precision Instrumentation and Mechanology
Location: Beijing, China
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. The IIP placement is within the Department of Precision Instruments and Mechanology and will focus on the project “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. 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. 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. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
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.
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.
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. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. Here is some background information on the projects:
- Rice husk ash project: About 600 million tons of rice is produced each year throughout the world, which generates about 120 million tons of rice husk. Disposal of the rice husk has become a big problem and usually rice husk is burnt in open air or stacked on farmland, releasing large amounts of hazardous substances, occupying land resources, and polluting the environment. The utilization of rice husk ash as a pozzolanic material in cement and concrete provides several advantages such as improved strength and durability, reduced materials cost due to cement savings and environmental benefits related to the disposal of waste materials and reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. It has been demonstrated that in order to produce reactive rice husk ash, specific temperature and duration of burning has to be maintained. Controlled burning can produce amorphous rice husk ash with high silica content and this can significantly enhance the properties of concrete. Recent studies have shown that RHA, rich in silica (about 85% to 90%), can be utilized in construction materials by controlling the burning temperature. Replacing the cement by RHA burned under controlled temperature, the compressive strength of the concrete increased. The concrete with RHA also lowers initial surface absorption, lowers the permeability, and increase the resistance of concrete to chloride ion penetration in comparison to conventional concrete. One of the controlled burning methods is using a microwave incinerator. Microwave Incinerator Rice Husk Ash (MIRHA) is obtained by burning rice husk in UTPMI--a microwave incinerator at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, with a controlled temperature. The UTPMI used for the burning process produce good quality MIRHA. Concrete and cement industry can contribute to sustainable development by adopting MIRHA as cement replacement material to save natural resources, energy, reducing CO2 emissions, and protect the environment. Through this IIP placement, the IIP intern will learn how to evaluate the microstructure of cementitious materials using equipment such as: ESEM, FE-SEM, XRD, X-ray tomography etc., and will gain the knowledge of the basic principles of mix-designing various types of concrete as well as knowledge of the production process of concrete and how to evaluate the properties of concrete such as compressive, flexural and tensile strengths, workability, including rheology and microstructure. Interested IIP candidates should possess a systematic understanding and advanced knowledge of various cement replacement materials, their effects on concrete properties, and their suitability for concrete production.
- Fly ash/palm oil fuel ash project: Steel coating requires anti-corrosion property to expand the lifespan of the equipment especially for pipes or instruments that are used in abrasive environment. Severe corrosion can be observed in equipments made from steel alloy that is operated in very abrasive environment. Operating under high pressure or/and high temperature (a temperature about 35% of the absolute melting range of a given metal or alloy) for a period of time and exposing the equipment to chemical attack, will degrade the effectiveness of the coating. Looking at a greener alternative of coating material, geopolymer material seems to be promising to be used as steel coating. Geopolymer, which is an inorganic polymer, is prepared by alkaline activation of an aluminosilicate source such as fly ash, metakaolin, slag or agriculture waste such as palm oil fuel ash/rice husk ash etc.; that can form amorphous to semi-crystalline three-dimensional silica-aluminate material. Geopolymer possess excellent mechanical properties, impressive fire resistance and high resistance to chemical attack. The proposed work will provide the intern with more information and hands-on laboratory work in the development of green coating materials for steel substrate using waste materials which are in abundance worldwide. Through this placement the IIP intern will need to conduct a brief literature review on coating material (with emphasis on geopolymer-based coating material) for metal substrate to gain better understanding of the project; will learn how to prepare specific material (in this case geopolymer-based coating material) using fly ash/palm oil fuel ash or fly ash/metakaolin as the basic raw materials; will conduct various experiments will be to obtain reasonable geopolymer product for the application on steel substrate, evaluate the coating properties of geopolymer products, as well as, the chemical, physical and micro-structural properties of the raw materials, geopolymer product and the coating properties using equipments such as FESEM, XRD, XRF, FTIR, and other related analytical tools. This IIP intern will gain the knowledge of the basic principles and hands-on material preparation, synthesis, characterization and properties of coating material and coating application. IIP candidates with interests in material development and chemical engineering are encouraged to apply. Technical skills in material processing and characterization would be an asset.
- Offshore Structures: There are about ten thousand offshore platforms located in various water depths ranging from 30m to 2,500m all over the world. The majority of these are fixed platforms located in water depths up to about 20m. For deeper regions, floating platforms are installed connected by mooring lines to the seabed. These structures are planned, designed, fabricated, transported, installed, operated, maintained, and decommissioned by civil engineers. This training will give the student insight into all aspects related to the analysis and design of offshore platforms. The trainee will get an exposure to model tests being conducted in very costly and sophisticated wave tanks fitted with the latest instrumentation such as optical motion capture system. Also, the trainee will get some exposure to using very costly commercial software used in the oil and gas industry. IIP intern responsibilities will include: attending the course "Offshore Structures," conducting an assignment for generating random waves and determining wave forces on members of jacket platforms; modeling tests in offshore laboratory on floating platforms subjected to waves and current and using commercial software for design of jacket platforms. IIP candidates with interests in the theory of structures or fluid mechanics are encouraged to apply.
- Ionic Liquids Project: Most of the heavy metals that occur in the environment are toxic and persistent. The occurrence of the heavy metals in the environment would therefore be particular dangerous even though it may only be a trace amount. The recent European Union Water Framework Directive (WFD) sets high Environmental Quality Standards (EQS) for priority substances in surface water regulating the annual averages and maximum allowable concentration in surface water. Most of the heavy metals and their compounds belong to the list of priority substances due to their level of toxicity, bioaccumulation and other constraints. There are many approaches developed for the metal extraction from liquid effluents. This includes dissolving an organic solvent such as kerosene, toluene, or using an extraction agent. However, the extraction process could not be regarded as green technology as they would cause detrimental effect to the environment and the human body. Furthermore, some other drawbacks include cost and disposal problems associated with the resin, decrease of removal efficiency when multiple metals are present. Study was conducted by using ionic liquids for selective liquid/liquid extraction of heavy metals. Ionic liquids are generally defined as molten salts, consisting entirely of anions and organic cations, and and exist in liquid form at temperatures below 100°C. Integrating imidazolium cations with functionalized groups act as metalligating moieties. The scope of this work will cover the synthesis of ionic liquids and apply them in separation of heavy metals from waste water. Characterization and instrumentation work using analytical equipment such as NMR, HPLC, FTIR and AAS will be included in this work. IIP intern responsibilities will include synthesizing a range of imidazolium ionic liquids using the quaternisation reactions; characterizing the ionic liquids using NMR, HPLC and FTIR instruments. The IIP intern will gain basic knowledge in designing separation parameters for the removal of metals from waste water and learn the ionic liquids properties in relations to its design of cations and anions. IIP candidates with interests in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering are encouraged to apply. A basic knowledge in chemistry practicals is essential.
- Glycerol project: A growing environmental concern, a rapid increase of oil price and political fallout arising from the escalating fossil fuel based-energy demand constitute the primary impetus behind the search for renewable sources of energy and chemicals. In recent findings, the biomass (oxygenated hydrocarbon) transformations over supported transition metals are touted as promising routes towards sustainable production of fuel precursors. Fuels derived from biomass are considered CO2-neutral since they provide a closed carbon cycle, therefore, eliminating greenhouse gas (CO2) emission to atmosphere. One of the key solutions is employing glycerol as a reactant in dry reforming process to produce syngas (mixture H2, CO and CO2). Thus, we propose to investigate the use of chemically treated limestone based catalyst for glycerol reforming using CO2. Furthermore, this process will address the environmental-degradation issue associated with greenhouse gas (CO2) emission. More importantly, dry reforming of glycerol remains elusive and its potential has yet been explored. During glycerol steam reforming, carbon laydown was substantial, hence affecting its longevity performance. This IIP intern will be expected to synthesize the catalysts that would be used in syngas production. The IIP intern will learn to evaluate the characteristics of the catalysts using XRD, SEM and other related instruments. Finally, the IIP intern will run a few experiments related to syngas production.IIP candidates with interests in chemical engineering or chemistry are encouraged to apply.
- Engineering Cementitious Composite Material project: Increasing pressure on bridge designers to eliminate existing expansion joints on bridge decks in order to reduce maintenance and long-term rehabilitation cost led to an innovative solution by replacing these joints using concrete link slab. A concrete link slab is relatively thin reinforced concrete slab that typically connects simply supported deck spans. However, concrete link slabs do not possess the large tensile strain capacity and micro-cracking behavior and therefore mustbe heavily reinforced to keep crack widths within the concrete link slabs below acceptable serviceability limits allowed by the AASHTO bridge design code. This high reinforcement ration within concrete link slabs unnecessarily stiffens the link slabs. In addition, it was found that these slabs are sensitive to poor construction practices. The unique capability of engineering cementitious composite (ECC) material to deform up to 4% strain in uniaxial tension while maintaining low crack widths allows the ECC link slab to accommodate the deformations imposed by the adjacent decks (i.e. due to thermal expansion and contraction). However, the ability of these slabs to withstand the rigors of repeated deflection caused by cycling loading of the bridge structure is stil unclear. Therefore, the main objective of this proposed research work is to develop a fatigue models for ECC link slabs. Investigate experimentally and theoretically (using 3D nonlinear finite element method) the load capacity and fatigue performance of ECC link slabs, along with the development of cracking on the tensile face of the ECC link slab. The expected outcome of this research is the development fatigue model of ECC link slabs that will encourage the authorities on using them to replace the current joint system. This research works will also establish a necessary data and aid on the design and analysis of ECC link slabs. The IIP intern will contribute to this research. IIP candidates with interests in concrete engineering are encouraged to apply. Technical knowledge in structural behavior would be an asset.
- High Performance Cloud Computing project: High Performance Cloud computing is a set of infrastructure that is able to provide services that is able to compute jobs that are data intensive (processing big data) and computationally intensive.
Sub-Project 1: Towards reliable, maintainable and high performance cloud computing: A high performance cloud services must be reliable and maintainable to provide high quality services to its continuing expanding sets of users and increasing number of complicated services. Performance is also crucial when considering the various parallel high computation and data intensive jobs that are running on limited amount of physical resources. As such, design of the services and cloud infrastructure are very crucial to ensure that the services are reliable, maintainable and have acceptable performance. The quality of the services and infrastructure must also be verified. Formal methods for verification have the advantage where it provides better assurance on the quality of the computer systems. However, formal methods have always had the problem with scalability where these methods are difficult and not applicable to verify large and complex systems; a cloud-based system is a complex computer system. The research work will focus on enabling formal verification of cloud computing services for performance, reliability and maintainability.
Sub-Project 2: Advanced Computational and Simulation Study of Lithium Batteries over the Cloud: The focus of this research is the development of a high performance cloud computing platform for the computational and simulation studies of lithium batteries. The system is expected to as fast and as accurate as possible compared to a conventional computing platform. High performance cloud offers many advantages compared to HPC clusters: Computational tasks are no longer bound to a fixed number processors and job waiting queues, as resources are now made scalable. Resources can be made available on demand when an increasing number of jobs were required to be processed; thus I/O and compute intensive simulation tasks will not experience any waiting time or job queue.
Processing in the clouds is not bound to a location as it is with HPC clusters. Cloud users are able to submit their computational jobs via the network (Internet or intranet) to the clouds, which may consist of many other HPC clusters located at different geographical locations to give the computational power needed. Therefore, this offers ubiquitous access to the simulation and modelling.
Sub-Project 3: 3D Cloud Interface for Distributed Interactive Genetic Algorithm: Interactive Genetic Algorithm (IGA) allows users to influence the outcome of a Genetic Algorithm (GA) search through visualization and interaction. Thus far IGA has been applied for relatively simple form of GA problems. More complex form of GA, such as highly distributed, parallel population GA, would need a more complex interface, and such interface has to be systematically investigated so as not to require too much user effort and so as to be accessible via a cloud-based interface. The use of systematic Human-Computer Interaction methods together with 3D user interfaces and immersive visualization will be investigated as part of the research.
Sub-Project 4: GPU-ization and GPU Virtualization over the Cloud: The use of GPU nowadays has extended from gaming and graphics to non-graphical applications such as numerical computing and data sorting. While much work has been done on single-GPU programming for a variety of applications, a systematic approach to application development for multiple, heterogeneous GPU is still lacking. Further, little work has been done on making GPU applications be cloud-accessible. The main focus in this research is hence two-fold: develop a methodology for converting non-GPU applications to GPU versions, and studying the cloud-accessibility of the applications via GPU virtualization. Applications to be considered include the following: 1. finite-element simulation 2. neural network. 3. ray tracing. IIP candidates for this project should have interests in computer science and experience/ skills in C++ and Java programming, scripting for Linux operating system, working in Linux environment, design of computer system using modeling languages such as UML, and verification of computer systems preferably using formal techniques. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
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.
University of Science and Technology Beijing, School of Mechanical Engineering
Location: Beijing, China
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. 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. 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. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
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.
USAID/Jordan, Office of Water Resources and Environment
Location: Amman, Jordan
The Office of Water Resources and Environment at USAID/Jordan strives to improve water security for Jordanian families by funding and spearheading agricultural research, sponsoring infrastructure projects in Jordanian communities, and supporting Jordanian government initiatives to combat water insecurity in the Kingdom. USAID/Jordan is seeking an IIP intern to assist these research and management endeavors and will work with the IIP intern to create a position tailored to his/her interests and strengths. Given the variety of projects that the Water Office manages, the IIP intern could be serving as an internal consultant on water demand management projects, conducting field research on the implementation of cutting edge, water efficient agricultural techniques, or even serving on implementation teams for new water projects in Jordanian communities. For example, the previous IIP intern served as an internal consultant for the evaluation of a local NGO partner’s performance,and managed logistics and translated for a team of graduate student researchers investigating the effect of a USAID project on improving rural communities’ water security and its impact on communal conflict. The position, while based in Amman, will involve travel opportunities to other Jordanian cities and governorates. IIP candidates with a science, technical, or Middle Eastern studies background are preferred, but all IIP candidates will be considered on their merits. Fluency in Arabic would be an asset, but prior experience with Arabic is not required for success in this internship. Skills in MATLAB, R, or Sigma Stat would also be an asset. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
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.
Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology, College of Architecture NEW!!
Location: Anhui Province, Gansu Province and Xi'an, Shaanxi Province
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 nation-wide 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. In partnership with local volunteers, IIP interns will build footbridges and village facilities with the villagers and launch small scale village enrichment projects according to local needs. 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 2014, specific projects will include:
- Rural demonstration construction in underserved villages: By utilizing locally available resources (especially earth material), IIP interns 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 mid-2014, a village center will be built by a team involving villagers and student volunteers in Macha village, Gansu Province. They have already completed the field investigation, experimental study, and initial design. Detailed construction design will be completed in early 2014. As proposed, construction will start in mid-2014 and will last for one year for a series of on-site work for building construction, landscape, and other on-site facilities. IIP interns will be involved in this series of on-site work.
- Laboratory design and construction: Wu Zhi Qiao is also a laboratory of MOHURD (the Ministry of Housing in Urban-Rural Construction) and recently received land on its campus to build an office and laboratory. Last summer a team completed the initial design and part of experiments. After further detailed work in the coming months, on-site design and construction will start next spring and last until summer. As planned, recycled containers will be used as structure by working with rammed earth walls. This project will be a great opportunity for an IIP intern to have a hands-on experience while learning about green architecture.
- Design and construction of earth-based villas and landscape: Through the use of earth-based materials IIP interns and local volunteers will work on the construction of a project for a private villa that has been launched recently by the Foundation. This project will rely on locally available material resources like earth and stones.
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. Two IIP placements for each project have been established (for a total of six placements created for IIP interns).