US Ignite (www.us-Ignite.org) is accelerating the smart city movement – and creating value for an entire ecosystem – by guiding communities into the connected future, creating a path for private sector growth, and advancing technology research that’s at the heart of smart city development.
In the Spring of 2021, Project OVERCOME, conceived of and funded by the National Science Foundation with support from Schmidt Futures, launched several proofs-of-concept to deploy novel broadband technology solutions to underserved communities. This position supports our efforts to provide technical assistance to these grantees. You can read more about the project online at: https://www.us-ignite.org/program/overcome/.
- Participate actively as a team member in internal and external meetings, take notes and coordinate the completion of followup and action items
- Maintain close coordination with partner communities and engage directly with partner communities
- Identify and address community challenges
- Participate in technical calls with Network Manager and grantees technical staff
- Document best practices and lessons learned for use by community teams
- Draft and edit outreach materials (newsletters, follow-up memos, presentations)
- Help handle inquiries and link community needs to research projects, write first drafts of blogs and articles talking about technology and the impact of US Ignite projects nationwide
- Must be enrolled in an undergraduate educational program in the United States
- Students majoring in public policy or science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and other STEM programs will receive priority consideration
- Exceptional verbal and writing skills – and an ability to translate complex ideas into easy-to-understand stories
- Data Analysis and visualization skills (Python or R)
- Interest in wireless network design, deployment, and optimization. Experience preferred
- Ease and comfort using social media channels like Facebook and Twitter
- An attitude that makes others eager to work with you
- Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions
LOCATION AND PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE
This internship will be 100% remote. The selected intern must supply a computer with a high-speed internet connection suitable for video conferencing.
This is a part-time equivalent position. The period of performance is approximately 5 months (January through May) with an expectation of 65 hours per month for a monthly stipend of $1,100. The total stipend earned during the internship is capped at $5,500.
To apply, please send a resume and a Statement of Purpose (500-1,000 words) indicating how this internship will contribute to your education and career goals to Lee Davenport and Jigyasa Sharma at email@example.com.
Applications without cover letters will not be reviewed.
The deadline for this internship opportunity is Dec 20, 2021. If available, please include a short writing sample and two letters of recommendation.