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2017 Internship Placements

 

The internship positions for Summer 2017 are below:

 

International Placements

  • Academia Sinica
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT, Kharagpur)

 

Local Placements

  • The Center for Carbon Renewal
  • Imprint Energy
  • Sepion Technologies

 

 

Please review the internship placements carefully before applying. Some programs may have specific requirements.

Click through the tabs below to view the description of each institute and its respective program(s). Please also check back for updates.

Note that all internships are for 8+ week periods between mid-May and mid-August. 

 

 

 

Founded on June 9, 1928, the Academia Sinica started with five research institutes. Over the years, its scope has expanded to comprise 24 research institutes and seven research centers under three divisions: Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Humanities and Social Sciences. As the foremost academic research institution in Taiwan, Academia Sinica is charged with the missions of enhancing research capabilities in the humanities and sciences, cultivating outstanding academic talents, and providing government organizations with policy recommendations. In pursuit of academic excellence, Academia Sinica has striven to open up new vistas in academic research; to develop new approaches for appraising the effectiveness of research organizations and their initiatives; and to foster cooperation between domestic and international research institutions.

 

(1 internship position, 1 intern will be placed)

Creating New Materials for Solar Cells

Location: Taipei, Taiwan

Supervisor: Jiann T’suen Lin

Research in this group is focused on developing organic dyes for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) and organic photovoltaic cells. More recently, some efforts were also swithed to hole transport materials for perovskite solar cells. In addition to materials development, the intern will have the opportunity to fabricated the cells and explore the physical studies and theoretical computation that are used to determine correlation between the molecular structure of the dye and the performance of the solar cell.

 

Founded in 1963, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a forward-looking comprehensive research university with a global vision and a mission to combine tradition with modernity, and to bring together China and the West. CUHK teachers and students hail from all around the world.

As a top university in Hong Kong and Asia, CUHK aims to nurture students with both specialized knowledge and wisdom for life. CUHK undertakes a wide range of research programs in many subject areas, and strives to provide scope for all academic staff to undertake consultancy and collaborative projects with industry.

 

(1 internship position, 1 intern will be placed)

Urban Climate and Urban Design for High Density Cities

Location: Shatin, Hong Kong

Supervisor: Edward Ng

The intern will have opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary team composed of geographers, physicists, engineers, architects and urban designers who investigate the causes urban climate change, the urban heat island phenomenon, energy flux changes and design sustainable solutions for these problems. An intern’s work with this group would include (but not limited to) modeling, drawing, simulation studies, field measurement studies, review of the current literature, report writing, on-site survey work and GIS related visualization. We welcome potential candidates to visit our website: http://www.sustain-cuhk.info/

Preference for a student majoring in the physical sciences, math or computing sciences. Urban planning, architecture and geography students with good scientific background are also welcomed. Working knowledge of GIS and Matlab and willingness to learn Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Envimet, a microclimate software program.

 

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, established in 1959, is one of the premier institutions established by the Government of India. The aim of the Institute is to provide meaningful education, to conduct original research of the highest standard and to provide leadership in technological innovation.

 

Internship dates are June 19 - August 11, 2017 (8 weeks)

(2 internship positions, 2 interns will be placed)

Innovating Smart Reactor Mixing Strategies for the Production of Cellulosic Ethanol

Location: Kharagpur, India

Supervisor: Saikat Chakraborty

Cellulosic ethanol provides one of the key renewable energy solutions to the connected global challenges of climate change and fossil fuel depletion. Releasing the sun’s energy trapped in plant biomass requires engineering innovations on two fronts: depolymerization of long chain lignocelluloses to fermentable sugars, and fermentation of sugars to liquid fuel. This project aims to innovate smart reactor mixing strategies that significantly enhance the production of cellulosic ethanol. The student shall use experimental and modeling techniques to quantify the effects of reactor mixing on the enzymatic hydrolysis and the subsequent fermentation of cellulose to bioethanol, as well as develop microreactor based technologies for increasing the product yields.

Open to: Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering students.

 

Designing a novel photobioreactor system

Location: Kharagpur, India

Supervisor: Ramkrishna Sen

In the new energy paradigm worldwide, Microalgae have emerged as one of the preferred feed-stocks for multiple products including biofuels in a biorefinery model. This summer project is primarily aimed at designing a novel photobioreactor system for the cultivation and cost-effective downstream processing of microalgal biomass for subsequent conversion of the same into Biooil using pyrolytic and/or catalytic processing.

The intern is expected to have background in Chemical or Biological Engineering and is required to have minimum skill/knowledge in designing bioreactor and/or bioprocess. Any experience with microalgae would be an added advantage.

The Center for Carbon Removal is a non-profit organization started by two UC Berkeley alums. We found experts agreed fighting climate change will take more than just stopping CO2 emissions -- the world will also have to clean up CO2 already in the atmosphere. Yet, today this message is largely missing from the mainstream climate conversation and these solutions are largely immature. To fill this gap, we are building an ecosystem for carbon removal solutions to thrive by empowering industry leaders and policymakers to take action to support carbon removal solutions. We are a small, dedicated team located in Oakland, CA.

 

(1 internship position, 1 intern will be placed)

The Center for Carbon Removal Internship

Location: Oakland, California

Interns will perform policy-focused and techno-economic analysis to help inform the Center's state and federal policy strategy around a portfolio of carbon removal solutions. These solutions include reforestation, soil carbon sequestration through agriculture, biochar, bioenergy with CCS, and enhanced mineral weatherization. Interns will answer key questions on and make recommendations for specific solutions by assessing the state of scientific knowledge, identifying current policy support and private funding, and creating communications/education materials. The intern may also contribute to the creation of a database and visual map of carbon removal projects happening around the U.S.

Experience working with Excel, Tableau, or the Adobe Creative Suite a plus. Minimum internship term is 2 months.

 

Rethinking the Battery: Imprint Energy aims to reshape the battery landscape. Currently available battery technologies limit the pace of improvement in design and functionality of portable electronic devices. Imprint Energy will address these shortcomings with its breakthrough zinc-based rechargeable battery technology, ZincPoly™. ZincPoly™ battery technology removes longstanding limitations on the rechargeability of zinc-based batteries and enables the production of ultrathin, flexible, high energy density rechargeable batteries for significantly lower cost and without the design limitations or safety concerns of other battery technologies.

 

(1 internship position, 1 intern will be placed)

Engineering Processes for Novel Rechargeable Batteries

Location: Alameda, California

Supervisor: Christine Ho

Imprint Energy is an early-stage advanced materials company commercializing a revolutionary printed battery technology developed at UC Berkeley by one of the company’s co-founders. Imprint Energy is changing portable power as the world knows it by removing limitations on battery size, shape, and use. Imprint Energy seeks a Battery Engineering Intern to join our technical team and “make it work!” The intern will have the opportunity to shape the development of Imprint Energy’s novel battery technology from formulating electrochemical materials, hands-on processing, testing of materials and devices, and making prototypes.

Preference for a junior or senior majoring in chemical engineering, chemistry, or materials science with some lab experience. Familiarity with electrochemistry, battery science, or polymer science is a plus.

Global demand for electric mobility solutions has put immense pressure on the lithium-ion battery industry to improve cycle life while simultaneously boosting energy and power density. With this pressure comes great opportunity for emerging businesses with innovative materials solutions that enable energy-dense batteries, extend cycle life, and seamlessly integrate with existing battery manufacturing lines. Sepion Technologies is a California-based startup focused on manufacturing must-have battery components for automakers to deliver safe electric vehicles (EVs) with 600 km range at an equitable price—addressing the biggest hurdles facing EV adoption: range anxiety and cost.

 

(1 internship position, 1 intern will be placed)

Engineering Ion-Selective Membranes for Breakthrough Batteries

Location: Berkeley, California

Supervisor: Peter Frischmann

Sepion Technologies is an early-stage startup dedicated to manufacturing ion-selective membranes for next-generation Li-based batteries. Our membrane technology lies at the crossroads of nanoscience, electrochemistry, and polymer engineering—an ensemble that enables high-flux/high-selectivity membranes needed to safely deliver a step-change in Li-ion battery performance. Interns will be immersed in a vertically integrated RD&D process that involves polymer design and synthesis, membrane processing, electroanalytical evaluation of new membranes, Li-battery assembly, and battery testing. We seek highly motivated interns with a passion for fearlessly overcoming technical challenges, learning new techniques, and working in a dynamic team environment.

Preference for a junior or senior majoring in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or Materials Science. Experience in polymer science, electrochemistry, or thin-film processing is desirable. A minimum commitment of 12 weeks is required.

 

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