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.
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.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): use a company software program to calculate head loss through a system; material and energy balances; theoretical design of a heat exchanger; cooling water chemistry treatment plan
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
G5 Evercore is a Corporate Advisory, Wealth Management, Asset Management and Private Equity boutique that advises companies and institutional and individual investors on strategies and investment decisions. The G5 Evercore Corporate Advisory group advises on Mergers and Acquisitions and Financial Restructurings for companies across a wide range of industries in Brazil. The IIP intern will be an integral part of the Mergers & Acquisitions group in the Sao Paulo office, working directly with the execution team and assisting with the day-to-day tasks required for such transactions. IIP interns often help the team by researching the financial information and the company history of various potential investments or comparable companies, as well as the main characteristics and trends in a variety of industries in order to assemble presentations to clients or prospective clients. The IIP intern may also be asked to produce market based valuations of companies. This IIP internship program offers an excellent opportunity to learn about the business environment in a dynamic emerging market while gaining valuable work experience. This internship is ideal for IIP candidates interested in Brazilian business and finance. Portuguese and/ or Spanish speaking skills are strongly recommended. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Research, financial valuation, memoranda and pitchbook creation
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Gávea Investimentos is one of Brazil’s largest independent asset management companies with a proven record in financial management in international and local financial markets. Gávea is affiliated with the Harvard Investment Company. It has three business lines: 1) hedge funds, 2) wealth management, and 3) illiquid investment strategies. Gávea's founding partner was the president of the Central Bank of Brazil. This internship is ideal for IIP candidates interested in economics and finance, particularly in the Latin American region. Previous IIP interns have developed and presented specific research topics in the area of macroeconomics on issues of interest to the investment process of Gávea. Fluent Portuguese is required. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e Aplicada Brazil (IMPA), OBMEP 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. 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 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.
Institute of Studies on Religion (ISER)
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Institute of Religious Studies (ISER) is a 40-year -old non-profit institute dedicated to religion studies, human rights, sustainability, and conflict mediation. ISER works on public policy development and assessment and pilot projects in fields related to religion and the public sphere and sustainable societies and violence. ISER is engaged in numerous networks related to religion, security, youth, urban issues, and the environment. Mostly anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists, and lawyers compose ISER’s body of collaborators. ISER also produces a renowned academic periodical in Brazil called Religion and Society. IIP interns will contribute to ISER's policy research and publications. IIP candidates with interest in anthropology, sociology, political science, law, social services, history, literature, and communication are encouraged to apply. An advanced level of Portuguese would be an asset. Two placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): During summer 2012 I worked with the Institute of Religious Studies (ISER) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ISER's work deals with an impressive range of human rights and environmental issues, and I was involved in an urban agriculture project that seeks to train residents of two poor communities in organic cultivation and install vegetable gardens in their yards or roofs. As Assistant Project Coordinator, I had a nice balance of office and field work: managing the budget and reimbursement one day, and leading community members in installing the gardens in the communities the next. In this way, I was able to form meaningful relationships both with my colleagues at ISER and with the residents of the communities. My internship provided challenging opportunities to use my Portuguese, taught me lessons about cooperation and trust, and gave me valuable insight into how NGOs operate, especially in the Brazilian context. My unforgettable and highly formative time at ISER gave me inspiration for thesis topics, confirmed my interest in the Latin American Studies certificate, and continues to motivate me to seek out chances to work or study in Brazil after graduation. I highly recommend the International Internship Program to any Princeton student interested in growing as a global citizen.
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Itaú is the largest Latin American bank and one of the largest banks in the world, with approximately 100,000 employees and operations in 20 countries throughout the Americas, Asia, and Europe. They are a universal bank with a range of services and products serving a varied client profile--both individuals and companies of all sizes, from major transnational groups to local micro-entrepreneurs. In Brazil, Itau Unibanco has nearly 5,000 full-service branches and 28,000 ATMs.They are recognized for their governance practices and their management, which is focused on the generation of economic, social, and environmental value. With shares trading on the São Paulo, Buenos Aires and New York stock exchanges, the company has been a component of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index portfolio for the past 13 years. Their strategy is shaped by their vision, which is: to be the leading bank in sustainable performance and customer satisfaction. The main project the IIP intern will work on is the “review of policies on credit risk of branches.” The IIP intern will learn the policies of credit risk prevailing and the specifics of branches, evaluate the applicability of policies to branches, and propose improvements/adjustments to policies. IIP candidates with interests and a background in finance or economics are encouraged to apply. Skills in corporate credit, financial products, financial mathematics, and quantitative analysis would be an asset. Portuguese fluency is recommended, along with an advanced level of Spanish. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
SPBR is a renowned architecture firm in Brazil. The IIP intern will contribute to residential and institutional projects and will be assigned specific projects. Knowledge of Autocad and Sketch Up is required, as is Portuguese or Spanish speaking skills. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
TerraCycle Cono Sur
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
TerraCycle is a green business that collects non-recyclable post-consumer waste and transforms it into new eco-friendly products or materials. Terracycle 's goal is to eliminate waste by providing innovative solutions for hard-to-recycle products and packaging waste. TerraCycle's model engages consumers and communities in the collection of a range of waste through programs and then converts this waste into new products. TerraCycle also gives back to the community by making donations per unit of waste collected by non-profits and schools. The Sao Paulo office is the hub for TerraCycle's Spanish-speaking operations in South America, with a current focus on Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Chile. TerraCycle's Sao Paulo office offers a comprehensive internship program with meaningful and substantial work, supervision and performance feedback, and "learning coffees" on TerraCycle topics. The focus of this internship placement will be a Keystone Project, which the intern leads and concludes during the duration of the internship. The Keystone Project is designed to contribute directly to one of TerraCycle's work areas so that the intern gains real experience and know-how through substantial, mission-driven work. In addition, the intern will carry out daily activities as required. Basic proficiency in Portuguese is required with fluency preferred. Three placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. Keystone Projects are available in the following areas:
- Community Outreach: TerraCycle's Brigade teams are comprised of schools, community organizations, non-profits, youth groups, and a wide variety of other organizations. This intern will lead efforts to engage new and existing participants in the Brigade programs. The intern will research new community engagement ideas, develop strategy, and assist in making preparations to these potential community partners.
- Business Development: This intern will develop business opportunities for TerraCycle in Argentina, Chile, and Colombia, in addition to future target countries such as Peru and Uruguay. The intern will be exposed to Fortune 500 companies, innovative green start-ups, brand managers, and upcycling strategies. The intern will also learn how to research deal opportunities strategically, pitch business ideas, create effective proposals, and manage business development communications.
- Operations: A vital part of TerraCycle's Brigade program is the management of all operations, including the logistics for the nationwide collection strategy, as well as the identification of and partnership building with manufacturers and cooperatives to make TerraCycle's recycled and upcycled products. This intern will platy an important role in assessing logistics, offering recommendations for strategy improvement, and researching and coordinating with manufacturing partners.
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.
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.