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
- Conduct data cleaning and management
- Conduct a preliminary analysis of end-user survey data
- 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
- Help draft the Annual Report
- 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)
- Basic graphics skills – with the ability to craft creative and professional visual documents
- Ease and comfort using social media channels like Facebook and Twitter
- An attitude that makes others eager to work with you
- Loves to work with cutting-edge technologies and people implementing them
- Interest in the intersection between smart cities, technology, human impact, and replicating the success
- Enjoys overcoming challenges and thinks strategically
- An interest in learning more about innovative connectivity solutions
- 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.
The period of performance is approximately 2.5 months (June through August 2022) with an expectation of 130 hours per month for a monthly stipend of $2,200. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications without Cover Letters will not be considered.
If available, please include a short writing sample and two letters of recommendation.