IIP Placements in Brazil
CAMPO Architecture and Urban Design
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Founded in 2007, CAMPO is an architecture firm that was formed by an international team of experienced professionals in architecture, building technology, project management, urban planning, landscape design, and environmental planning. Operating within an intensively collaborative framework of fragmented authorship, CAMPO’s structure does not follow ordinary top-down hierarchies, which allows for a high performance of reflexive production. CAMPO strives to set itself apart from merely commercial practices through a continuous engagement on processes of rigorous critical thinking that reflect directly on the qualities of its work methodology and production. This condition allows for a very particular design methodology in practice, one that considers a more horizontal relationship within its team and with its clients. IIP candidates should have a highly pro-active attitude and be willing to learn. IIP interns will be involved in all office activities and, whenever possible, in projects that might provide them with a very broad overview of the design and planning processes within CAMPO. IIP interns will be engaged in (but not limited to) work on the following activities: field surveys, design development, technical drafting, project presentation, and support of project leaders. IIP candidates with interests in architecture and/or urban design and with skills in basic design, sketching, model making, digital modeling (Rhino – preferred/Sketch Up, 3D Studio ), digital drafting (AutoCAD), graphic presentation skills (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign), rendering (VRay), image post-production (Photoshop), basic quantity surveying (MS Excel), and architectural and urban surveys are encouraged to apply. Spanish and/or Portuguese would be an asset. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e Aplicada Brazil, LUA PROJECT
Location : Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Instituto Nacional de Matematica Pura e Aplicada (IMPA) is a teaching and research unit of the Ministry of Science and Technology that created and executed the “Lua” programming language. Lua is a powerful, fast, lightweight, embeddable scripting language, which is ideal for configuration, scripting, and rapid prototyping. Lua has been used in many commercial applications (e.g., Adobe's Photoshop Lightroom), with an emphasis on embedded systems (e.g., the Ginga middleware for digital TV in Brazil) and games (e.g., World of Warcraft). Since 1999, LuaSocket has been the leading API for network access from within Lua. The library is divided into a core C module that provides basic functionality, supported by high-level libraries implementing protocols such as FTP, SMTP, HTTP etc. Although the library is still very popular, there has been growing demand for support for newer asynchronous APIs in the core module, such as kqueue or epoll on Unix, and I/O Completion Ports on Windows platforms. IIP interms will help design and implement the new-generation network support for the Lua programing language. Skills required for the first IIP internship include experience in computer programming in C ,and network programming and Lua programming are desirable. A second IIP internship focuses on state-of-the-art recursive filtering on CPUs and GPUs: Recursive filtering is a basic signal-processing operation that has many applications in computer graphics (e.g., summed-area tables, Gaussian blur, B-Spline interpolation). The dependent nature of the computation poses significant challenges to the parallelization of the computation. An algorithmic framework was recently proposed for GPU-efficient (i.e., massively parallel) computation of recursive filters. A CUDA implementation is being released to the public, but there is still room for contributions. For example, it would be interesting to provide ports to DirectX Compute Shaders, OpenCL, or C++ AMP or provide sample applications that showcase the technology (for example, for higher-quality re-sampling in open-source video players). Finally, the framework may also lead to a highly efficient multi-core SIMD CPU implementation. IIP interns will be mentored through any of these challenging possibilities. Skills required for this IIP placement include computer programming in C/C++, and CUDA. Knowledge in computer graphics or signal processing would be an asset. and Sao Paulo. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: Rio de Janeiro
Established in 1993, Viva Rio aims to foster a culture of peace and social inclusion through a commitment to research, field work, and the formulation of public policies. The institution was formed by representatives from several sectors of civil society as a direct response to the growing violence that has plagued Rio de Janeiro. Viva Rio has developed and consolidated activities and projects that have inspired public policy. Several of these policies have been adopted by government, businesses, and other organizations. Four placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. Here are details on the three projects for IIP interns:
- Data Analysis on Preventive (Family) Health Strategy project: Viva Rio’s Family Health Strategy program began in 2009 as a part of the Family Healthy Strategy of the federal government. There, community health agents provide preventive care and orientation for medical assistance to patients at health units or at their homes. Each team serves 4000 people, or about 1000 families. What sets the Family Health Strategy apart are its multidisciplinary teams, developed through management practices, health care efforts, democratic attitudes, participatory awareness working on the ideal of promoting health. Teamwork is the key to communication and the exchange of experiences and knowledge. On each of their 70 family clinics they have an integrated virtual Information system. They generate indicators on tuberculosis cases, HIV, maternal care and other important health issues. The IIP intern will have the opportunity to participate in specific research and help investigate and analyze data on health issues to better understand their reality. The IIP intern will also be expected to deliver a paper/article/report on a specific topic by the conclusion of their experience. IIP candidates with interests in statistics, operations research, computer science, anthropology, sociology, global health, preventive health strategy, public health systems, data analysis, and information systems are encouraged to apply. Quantitative and qualitative analytical skills and good writing skills would be an asset. Any level of Portuguese would be an asset; intermediate Spanish in reading, speaking and writing is required. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns for this project.
- Drugs Policy project: In 2009, Viva Rio met with 26 representatives from economic, anthropological, sociological, legal, law enforcement, artistic, sporting, scientific, medical, religious, and business backgrounds to found the Brazilian Commission on Drugs and Democracy (CBDD). The main purpose of CBDD is to forge new paths toward a drug policy that is more efficient and fair. They were also part of the Latin American Commission for Drugs and Democracy and work with a large network of NGOs, think-tanks and governments on discussing drugs related issues. Their National Campaign for changing the Brazilian law on drugs is now in the lobby phase inside the Senate. While they wait for possible next steps, they need to keep pushing forward building up new partnerships and improving some important relationships with crucial stakeholders. They also need to collect more information about how the approaches on drug policy are moving worldwide. In order to base some arguments of their own proposition, they need to make some links between how the drugs policy paradigm is changing worldwide and its impacts on Latin America and Brazil. In that context, they need an IIP intern who can help them monitor drus policy issues worldwide and write some analytical papers on a comparative politics basis. The IIP intern must be interested in drug policy in general, with a special focus on Latin America dynamics. The IIP intern will also be expected to deliver a paper/article/report on a specific topic at the conclusion of his/her experience. IIP candidates with interests in anthropology, sociology, global health and health policy, drugs policy, and Latin America are encouraged to apply. Quantitative and qualitative analytical skills and good writing skills would be an asset. Any level of Portuguese would be an asset; intermediate Spanish in reading, speaking and writing is required. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern for this project.
- Project Management project: The Project Management Office of Viva Rio works as an integrating office to create synergy among all projects. Their duties are elaborating, planning, monitoring, evaluation and also all the accountability for the projects. They deal with more than 30 projects on a daily basis. As Viva Rio has grown very quickly in the past few years, the volume of work for the administrative staff has risen considerably. They are constantly in contact with project coordinators to follow up on project activities. As they are co-responsible for a huge part of projects operating in territory, they need to improve their strategy to monitor and evaluate a huge number of projects and programs. In that context, they believe that the IIP intern can help them in developing new and better indicators, as well as new models for collecting better data from field actions. The IIP intern may also have as a task working on this collected data to generate reports, graphics, articles, papers and similar. The projects are on diverse areas, such as education, health, sports, environment and others. IIP candidates with interests in Public Affairs; Anthropology, Operations Research and Financial Engineering, Sociology, Management, Monitoring and Evaluation are encouraged to apply. Skills in Quantitative/Qualitative Analysis would be an asset. Any level of Portuguese is a plus. An intermediary level of Spanish on reading/speaking/writing is required. One placement has been created for an IIP intern on this project.