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IIP-Council on Scientific and Institutional Research (CSIR)
Pretoria, South Africa (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Partner Institution/Organization Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Dept Offering Program: IIP, International Internship Program (IIP) Program Type: Internship
Language Prerequisite: No Program Features: Lab Based Work, Research
Degree Level: 2 First year Ugrad, 3 Sophomore, 4 Junior Time Away: Summer
Housing options: Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization Program Group: International Internship Program
Program Description:
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About: The Council for Scientific and Institutional Research (CSIR) is one of the leading scientific and technology research, development, and implementation organizations in Africa. Constituted by an Act of Parliament in 1945 as a science council, the CSIR undertakes directed and multidisciplinary research, technological innovation, and industrial and scientific development to improve the quality of life of the country’s people. The organization is committed to supporting innovation in South Africa to improve national competitiveness in the global economy. Science and technology services and solutions are provided in support of various stakeholders, and opportunities are identified where new technologies can be further developed and exploited in the private and public sectors for commercial and social benefit. The Earth Observation Research Group is a leading group that researches remote sensing of the environment in South Africa. Its core mission is to: 1) develop new remote sensing-based products and applications combining existing and new sensor technologies and in situ data in a novel manner; 2) integrate the new generated knowledge in monitoring systems for the improved use of natural resources and decision-making processes. The research uses LiDAR, SAR, and optical systems at various scales to map tree structure, biodiversity, vegetation productivity, nutrient content, water cycle and develop models to improve understanding of spatio-temporal dynamics of ecosystem services.We are looking for hard working and motivated young researchers who like to be involved in remote sensing research in South African landscapes.

Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns in partnership with the Earth Observation Research Group will conduct research on remote sensing in South African landscapes.

Qualifications: IIP candidates with a background/interests in environmental science, geoscience, remote sensing science (applied to conservation, forestry, agriculture, water) are encouraged to apply.  Technical skills in programming and modelling, image processing and GIS would be an asset.

Previous work experiences (in the words of past IIP interns): Researched the effect of atmospheric turbulence on optical systems such as orbital angular momentum carrying Laguerre-Gauss beams and Long Distance Bessel Like Beams using a Spinning Pipe Gas Lens. Presented findings at the 2012 IONS-Africa student conference and published results in the Journal of Optics. Intern #2: I tested out a particular software used in the office. The software is used to make canopy height models, which is an digital elevation map of the vegetation in certain locations. The output of the software program differs based on the parameters set in the script. I ran the script with certain settings and observed the outcome...My work gave the organization a better idea on the capabilities of the software they have invested it. It also shed light on what parameters/ scripts produce the most informative canopy height models. This allowed the group to make a value judgement on the particular software and decided if it is their best option...I felt that this experience has given me a small bit of insight into multiple aspects of research science. I learned a bit about data collection/ field work, requesting funds, interdisciplinary cooperation, and of course remote sensing.

View a Powerpoint presentation by a past IIP intern: Abraham Chaibi CSIR South Africa.pptx


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This program is not currently accepting applications. Please consult the sponsoring department's website for application open dates.
This program is currently not accepting applications.