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Graduate School Summer Internship Program

internships

Through the Summer Internship Program, The Cyprus Institute Graduate School aims to expose young talented students and scholars to an international research experience and to encourage and inspire them in the pursuit of a scientific career. Interns will have a unique opportunity to carry out research at the institute's state-of-the-art facilities supervised by a mentor and to be introduced to the use of the latest methods and techniques.  Many of the projects will be offered remotely, if necessary. See each project below for details.

This year, the summer internship program will be open for administration positions as well. 

During the application process, students will have the option to either: 

(1) select one project from the table below or
(2) suggest a project of interest*
*students who propose their own suggested project must note that this will be considered, provided that the institute has the capacity in terms of supervision and facilities 

Applications are welcome from candidates worldwide with a keen interest and a relevant scientific background. 

Students who are accepted to the program will be assigned to one project. 

All applicants will be asked to justify their selection in a 300-word statement on the online application form.

 
Summer Internship Projects:


Projects for summer 2021 will be added periodically over the next few days. Please note that if you do not find your project on the drop down menu of the application you may copy and paste the text from the Project Title below into the field. 

Thematic domain Concentrating Solar Power and Desalination Plant 
Project title  Hands on experience and participation in experiments implemented in the PROTEAS facility
Remote option Since this is a hands-on experience, it is preferable to offer it with physical presence
Start date June 1 (this start date is flexible as long as it takes place between June 1 and Sept 30)
Duration 8 weeks
Project objectives The objectives of the program is to engage new people to the operation and testing procedure of Concentrating Solar Power and Desalination. This unique experience will be offered in the biggest research laboratory in Cyprus, the PROTEAS Facility
Expected results Gain experience in experimental campaigns. Gain experience in testing components and validating them.
Project mentor Dr. Marios C Georgiou
Other CyI staff involved Marios Constantinou, Martha Kourouyianni, Sean Gallagher
Background requirements Applicant must be a mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or physicist student, preferably in their final year of their Bachelor's degree. Applicants with additional qualifications are welcome to apply.
Financial aid available Only in exceptional cases
 
Thematic Domain  Thermal Desalination 
Project Title Heat Transfer Coefficient in Plate Heat Exchangers
Remote Option This project cannot be offered remotely
Start Date June 1 (flexible within the summer period of June through September)
Duration  8 weeks
Project Objectives The objectives of the program is to perform experiments in the Desalination Lab for the characterization of the heat transfer coefficient  in single phase, and phase change
Expected Results Comparison between the single phase and phase change heat transfer coefficient in innovative Plate Heat Exchangers
Project Mentor Dr Marios C Georgiou
Other Cyprus Institute staff involved Marios Constantinou
Background Requirements  Applicant must be a mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or physicist student, preferably in their final year of their Bachelor's degree. Applicants with additional qualifications are welcome to apply.
Financial Aid Available Only in exceptional cases
 
Thematic Domain  Modelling Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Project Title Developing a Comprehensive Geoinformatics Platform for the Modelling and Visualization of COVID-19 Epidemiology
Remote Option This project may be offered remotely, depending on the developments relating to the current pandemic
Start Date June 1 ideally but project dates are flexible
Duration 10 weeks
Project Objectives The project aims to develop a scalable, interactive and stratifiable geoinformatics resource that enables fast browsing and enhanced visualisation and meta-analysis of Covid-19 big data. It is based on an already available tool for big data we developed in the context of the NIH/NIAID-funded VectorBase and VEuPathDB projects.  The new resource, including its enhanced visualisation and meta-analysis tools, will also serve the vector and pathogen communities and can be used in future epidemics; therefore, it will have a long-lasting impact.

The resource will be enriched with the development of mathematical models and computational tools that would aid the understanding of COVID-19 spread and epidemiological impacts in countries of the Eastern Mediterranean region. The toolkit will further guide the design of interventions and decision taking.

Expected Results The intern(s) will be involved in different aspects of the development of the COVID-19 geoinformatics resource, which will lead to valuable experience in mathematical modelling, data analysis, software engineering, and web design.
Project Mentor Dr Kamil Erguler
Other Cyprus Institute Staff Involved Prof. George Christophides, Dr. George Tsouloupas, Asst. Prof. Mihalis Nicolaou
Background requirements Background in computer programming, software engineering, web designer, or a related field. Excellent command of several programming languages including JavaScript Frameworks, Python, and C. Experience in database management and cyber security.
Financial Aid Available No
 
Thematic Domain  Climate Impacts on Vector-borne Diseases 
Project Title Integrating Environmental Drivers to the Mathematical Models of Vector Populations 
Remote Option This project may be offered remotely, depending on the developments relating to the current pandemic
Start Date Any time between June 1 and August 1
Duration 9 weeks (flexible but minimum duration is 6 weeks)
Project Objective 

Climate and human activities such as land use change and global trade, as well as the phenotypic plasticity of vectors and pathogens give rise to uncertainties regarding the habitats and distribution ranges of disease vectors and vector-borne pathogens. Understanding the environmental dependency of vectors and pathogens is important for developing predictive models and helping to prevent or effectively manage future disease outbreaks.

This project aims to introduce the intern to the rigor of mathematical approaches and their use in developing tools for improving the understanding of complex biological systems and their intricate dependency to the environment. The intern will focus on one of the many topics of interest, such as the dynamics of mosquito breeding sites or the effect of daylight in cold hardiness, derive logical conclusions from the literature, and construct, analyze, and visualize mathematical models helping to improve our understanding and the accuracy of our predictions.

References:

Erguler K. sPop: Age-structured discrete-time population dynamics model in C, Python, and R [version 2; peer review: 2 approved]. F1000Research 2018, 7:1220

Erguler K, Smith-Unna SE, Waldock J, Proestos Y, Christophides GK, et al. (2016) Large-Scale Modelling of the Environmentally-Driven Population Dynamics of Temperate Aedes albopictus (Skuse). PLOS ONE 11(2): e0149282
Expected Results

The intern will have a basic introduction to the following:

   1. Mathematical modelling for ecosystems and vector-borne/infectious diseases

   2. Predictive model development for improving understanding of the environmental drivers of vector-borne diseases

   3. Introduction to mathematical model development, analysis, and visualization in R
Project Mentor Dr Kamil Erguler
Other Cyprus Institute Staff Involved Dr Pantelis Georgiades, Dr Maria Christou, Dr Angeliki Martinou
Background Requirements  N/A
Financial Aid Available No

Thematic Domain Bioinformatics 
Project Title  Protein Secondary Structure Classification based on Deep Learning Methodologies
Remote Option This project may be offered remotely, depending on the developments relating to the current pandemic
Start Date  July 1
Duration  8 weeks
Project Objetives This project aims to create a classification algorithm based on deep learning methodologies to classify protein sequences from the amino acid sequence to the secondary structure. This classification problem is the first step in solving the protein folding problem.

For the classification of the proteins SCOPe (Structural Classification of Proteins — extended)  will be used. The SCOPe database was conceived at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and developed in collaboration with researchers in Berkeley.

 This project aims to develop a deep learning methodology based on convolutional neural networks to classify and predict the secondary structure of the proteins, alpha and beta structures including combinations like (a/b, a+b) with a small dataset. The proposed methodology will be similar to Siamese Networks and produce a robust model to classify imbalanced data and learn from semantic similarity (places classes/structures close together).

Expected Results A classification algorithm based on deep learning methodologies to classify protein sequences from the amino acid sequence to the secondary structure. 
Project Mentor Dr Charalambos Chrysostomou
Other Cyprus Institute Staff Involved N/A
Background Requirements Good knowledge of Programming

Basic/Good Knowledge of Python

Financial Aid Available  No

Thematic Domain Optical modelling of a linear Fresnel collector 
Project Title Ray-tracing with Tonatiuh ++
Remote Option This project can be offered remotely, depending on the developments relating to the current pandemic
Start Date Between June 1 and July 15 (but there is flexibility as long as the project takes place between June 1 and Sept 30
Duration 8-12 weeks
Project Objectives Ray-tracing development with Tonatiuh++ of the upgrade of Linear Fresnel collector. Data processing with Matlab expected. The modelling in 3D is developed and needs to be modified.
Depending on the progress of the student, a 3D modelling of the collector can be proposed in Freecad.
Expected Results Improved geometry of the Fresnel collector after selection of optimized solutions.

Development of a report that will be as a tutorial for any user willing to build a Fresnel collector.

Project Mentor Dr Alaric Christian Montenon
Other Cyprus Institute Staff Involved N/A
Background Requirements Matlab (at least two years at Bachelor level)
Financial Aid Available No

Thematic Domain  Control / Command in Solar Concentrated Technology
Project Title Control Simulation of Linear Fresnel Collector
Remote Option This project can be offered remotely, depending on the developments relating to the current pandemic
Start Date  Between June 1 and July 15 (but there is flexibility as long as the project takes place between June 1 and Sept 30
Duration 8-12 weeks
Project Objectives Optimisation of the control and command in Matlab/Simulink of the Fresnel collector based on experimental data. Optimisation of the control of a hybrid solar collector to produce electricity or heat. Creation of meteorological file with Matlab based on the compilation of weather data and/or TMY files given in TRNSYS.
Expected Results Robust control of the oil loop of the Linear Fresnel collector depending the objectives.
Project Mentor Dr Alaric Christian Montenon
Other Cyprus Institute Staff Involved N/A
Background Requirements Matlab/Simulink required (at least two years at Bachelor level)
Financial Aid Available No

Thematic Domain  SCADA Development in Labview for Solar Concentrated Collector
Project Title SCADA Development for a Fresnel Collector
Romote Option This project cannot be offered remotely
Start Date Between June 1 and July 15 (but there is flexibility as long as the project takes place between June 1 and Sept 30
Duration 8-12 weeks
Project Objectives Integration of the Tia Portal (SIEMENS Step 7) programming to Labview via Modbus protocol. The work has been already initiated and needs to be expanded.
Expected Results SCADA control kind of the Fresnel collector without the use of TIA portal
Technical report expected at the end of the internship
Project Mentor Dr Alaric Christian Montenon
Other Cyprus Institute Staff Involved N/A
Background Requirements Strong knowledge in Labview and knowledge in PLCs is an asset
Financial Aid Available No 

Thematic Domain  PLC Programming 
Project Title Moon Tracking Development of Linear Fresnel Collector
Remote Option This project cannot be offered remotely
Start Date  Between June 1 and July 15 (but there is flexibility as long as the project takes place between June 1 and Sept 30
Duration 8-12 weeks
Project Objectives Implementation of equation to track the moon on STEP 7 software.
Modification of the interlocks in order for the collector to be operational by night. 
 
Expected Results Fresnel tracking autonomously the moon by night
Technical report on the upgrade to Moon Tracking
Project Mentor Dr Alaric Christian Montenon
Other Cyprus Institute Staff Involved N/A
Background Requirements Strong knowledge in PLCs programming
(at least 2 years at bachelor level)
Financial Aid Available None

Thematic Domain  Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), Solar Energy 
Project Title Optimization of the geometry of Solar receivers using Artificial Intelligence Techniques
Remote Option This project can be offered remotely, depending on the developments relating to the current pandemic 
Start Date June 1 (this date is flexible within the normal summer internship period (June 1 to Sept 30)
Duration 8 weeks (flexible)
Project Objectives To optimize the geometry of CSP plant receivers using Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques. The student will develop computer codes for testing AI algorithms, in conjunction with ray tracing software, with the scope of optimizing the geometrical shape of radiant enclosures (i.e. solar cavity receivers)   
Expected Results The student will gain a strong understanding of the concepts of Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) and on applying AI techniques for optimizing components of CSP based on a set of objective functions.
Project Mentor Dr. Kypros Milidonis
Additional Cyprus Institute Staff Involved N/A
Background Requirements

Students from Software Engineering, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence Science, Mechanical /Electrical/Aeronautical Engineering, Physics, or any relevant field, preferably in their last year of their Bachelor or diploma degree.

Students with more qualifications are welcome while students within the first years of their study can be also considered.

Programming language skills are essential for the project (Matlab, C++, Python or other)
Financial Aid Available No

Thematic Domain  High-Performance Computing
Project Title  Python for High Performance Computing
Remote Option This project can be offered remotely, depending on the developments relating to the current pandemic. Some on-site work will be necessary (approximatley once per week) 
Start Date  After June 15th (flexible after this date within the period June 15 to Sept 30)
Duration 2 months
Project Objective The Python programming language is popular in scientific computing because of the benefits it offers for fast code development. The performance of pure Python programs is often sub-optimal, but there are ways to make them faster and more efficient. Many tools and Python packages are available for developing applications in High-Performance Computing (HPC). The selected intern(s) will analyze the applicability of these tools, their performance and portability in the context of scientific HPC applications. 
Expected Results

- Analysis of various HPC tools for Python

- Performance results on CPU and GPU systems

- Development of software with the tested tools

Project Mentor Dr Simone Bacchio
Additional Cyprus Institute Staff Involved Asst Prof Giannis Koutsou, Dr Jacob Finkenrath
Background Requirements Requirements: good knowledge of Python and numerical methods. Keen interest in software development. Knowledge of Parallel Programming, C, CUDA is considered an advantage. Open for graduate or undergraduate students in physics, applied mathematics or computational sciences.
Fiancial Aid Available Yes 

Thematic Domain Computational Science and Engineering, Molecular Simulations, Data Analytics 
Project Title Atomistic Simulations of Graphene-based Polymeric Nanostructured Materials
Remote Option This project cannot be offered remotely
Start Date June 1 (but this date is flexible as long as the 8 week project can take place any time between June 1 and Sept 30)
Duration 8 weeks
Project Objective  Introduction to atomistic simulations of complex materials. The main goal of the project is to perform molecular dynamics simulations of polymer/graphene interfacial systems, and to extract properties at the atomic/molecular level. Simulation data will be analyzed using statistical mechanics and data mining tools, to study the effect of the interface on the behavior of the hybrid nanostructured materials.
Expected Results Properties of the polymer/graphene interfacial systems at the nanoscale.
Project Mentor Prof. Vangelis Harmandaris
Additional Cyprus Institute Staff Involved  -
Background Requirements The applicant needs to have a solid background in mathematics or/and physics and must at least be in the last year of her/his Bachelor studies. A basic knowledge of a programming language, such as “C” or “python”, and in machine learning methodologies is recommended.
Financial Aid Available A stipend may be offered, subject to the credentials of the intern.

Thematic Domain 

Computational Science and Engineering, Molecular Simulations, Data Analytics
Project Title Parameterizing Molecular Force-fields via Advanced Machine Learning Methodologies
Remote Option This project cannot be offered remotely
Start Date June 1 (The proposed program can take place during the time period 1 June and 30 September (for 8 weeks). The dates are flexible within this time period.)
Duration 8 weeks
Project Objective Introduction to molecular simulations and data analytics methods for complex materials. The main objective of the project is to parametrize interactions between atoms/molecules using advanced deep learning methodologies and physics-based models, without invoking any experimental data.
Expected Results A methodology for automatic parametrization of molecular simulation force fields.
Project Mentor Prof. Vangelis Harmandaris
Additonal Cyprus Institute Staff Involved  -
Background Requirements  The applicant needs to have a solid background in mathematics or/and physics and must be at least in the last year of her/his Bachelor studies. A basic knowledge of a programming language, such as “C” or “python”, and in machine learning methodologies is recommended.
Financial Aid Available A stipend may be offered, subject to the credentials of the intern.

Thematic Domain Computational Physics, Lattice Quantum Chromodynamics 
Project Title Modified acceptance steps in the Hybrid Monte Carlo algorithm
Remote Option This project can be offered remotely with on-site persence approximately once per week
Start Date Mid June (Flexible as long as project takes place between mid June and August)
Duration 2 months
Project Objectives

The Hybrid Monte Carlo algorithm is the method of choice for large scale simulations in lattice gauge theories with dynamical fermions [1].

New field configurations are proposed via numerical integration using molecular dynamics corrected at the end of each trajectory by an accept-reject step.

The project will focus on a novel approach [2,3], which generalized the accept reject step and can minimize computational costs.

Results can be obtained in an existing toy model and compare to lattice QCD applications [4] in order to illustrate the potential but also the drawback of the generalized method.

[1] S. Duane , A.D. Kennedy , B.J. Pendleton , D. Roweth, Hybrid Monte Carlo, Phys.Lett.B 195 (1987), 216-222

[2] Sohl-Dickstein J., Mudigonda M., DeWeese M.~R., 2014, arXiv, arXiv:1409.5191, https://arxiv.org/abs/1409.5191

[3] Campos C.~M., Sanz-Serna J.~M., 2015, JCoPh, 281, 365. doi:10.1016/j.jcp.2014.09.037, https://arxiv.org/abs/1407.8107

[4] G.Cossu, P.Boyle, N.Christ, C.Jung, A.Juettner and F.Sanfilippo, Testing algorithms for critical slowing down, EPJ Web Conf.175 (2018), 02008

doi:10.1051/epjconf/201817502008, [arXiv:1710.07036 [hep-lat]].

Expected Results At the end of the project an evaluation of the potential of the modified Hybrid Monte Carlo algorithm will be achieved. This will be done in the Schwinger Model but can be extended to our production software. During the project the intern will be introduced in the topic of the algorithm, in particular how the QCD can be studied with Monte Carlo Simulation.
Project Mentor Dr Jacob Finkenrath
Additional Cyprus Institute Staff Involved Prof Constantia Alexandrou, Dr Simone Bacchio
Background Requirement The applicant should hold a bachelor degree in Physics, in Computational Science or in a related topic. Basic programming skills using C, Matlab or python are required.
Financial Aid Available Yes. TBD

Thematic Domain  Human Bioarchaeology
Project Title Face to Face: Ancient Cypriots under the Magnifying Glass
Remote Option No. This project is practical and heavily laboratory focusses, and will therefore only take place if COVID-19 measures allow it.
Start Date June 1 (but this date is flexible). Student who wants to work 3 days per week for longer period than 8 weeks is preferred. 
Duration  8 weeks or longer (see above)
Project Objectives Human Bioarchaeologists examine skeletal remains to learn about the way ancient people lived as well as the way they were treated after death. One of the approaches we take is by looking at skeletal remains on the microscale. During this internship, a variety of approaches concerning bone and dental microstructure will be incorporated

Objectives:

(1) Assist with macroscopic assessment of osteological collections for the identification of suitable samples

(2) Assist with sample selection and documentation

(3) Sample preparation: The intern will assist with the process of sample preparation in the laboratories.

The candidate therefore will have a chance to learn about different techniques that are available for assessment and the required sample preparation for such analysis, including transmitted light microscopy, Electron Microscopy, and Synchrotron Radiation (XRF and FTIR)

This internship is therefore specifically of interest to those that aspire to gain experience in a laboratory setting and learn about different state of the art techniques that are available in bioarchaeology, and learn about the process of sample preparation.

Expected Results By the end of the internship, we expect the candidate to have assisted with the creation of a sample set that will be ready for analysis with including transmitted light microscopy, Electron Microscopy, or Synchrotron Radiation (XRF and FTIR). 
Project Mentor Asst. Prof. Kirsi Lorentz and Dr. Simone Lemmers
Additional Cyprus Institute Staff Involved B. Casa, Y. Miyauchi, N. Branca, S. Kayalp, B. Abufair 
Background Requirement Basic level / knowledge of osteology and human bioarchaeology

Minimal completed bachelor degree

Preferably some laboratory experience

Ability to work independently as well as being a team player
Financial Aid Available No

Thematic Domain  Human Bioarchaeology and Cultural Heritage 
Project Title Face to Face with Ancient Cypriots and the Games they Played
Remote Option This project can be completed remotely if necessary
Start Date June 1 (start date is flexible within summer period) 
Duration  8 weeks
Project Objectives This internship is part of the the RIF funded project Face to Face: Meet an Ancient Cypriot (FF-MAC), of which the overall aim is to increase the appeal and accessibility of cultural heritage for tourism through encounters with real individuals from the Cypriot past, based on bioarchaeological research leading to construction of osteobiographies, ancient life stories, and visitor encounters with real, individual life stories from the past. This internship focuses on getting face to face with ancient Cypriot through the games they played in the past, with the aim to let people get face to face with eachother while playing the games that the ancient Cypriots were playing as well.

The objectives of the internship are as follows:

(1) Review what kind of Ancient Games are found throughout Ancient Cyprus, specifically incorporating recent studies on the subject

(2) Review their find location and circumstances (with a special interest in possible burial contexts)

(3) Make a visual catalogues of the archaeological evidence of these games, and assess their current location (e.g. museums)

(4) Assist in taking a creative approach to rework the game tactics and visuals into the FF-MAC project with an outreach and didactic objective   

This internship is specifically of interest to those who have both an interest in archaeology as well as a creative and didactic interest for educating and public outreach

Expected Results

By the end of the internship, we expect the candidate to have:

 - created a thorough literature review as well as a photo catalogue of ancient games found in Cyprus, with a distinction in different time period  

- assisted in the development of visuals and graphics for public outreach components of the FF-MAC project

Project Mentor Assistant Professor Kirsi Lorentz, Dr Simone Lemmers
Other CyI Staff Involved B. Casa, N. Branca
Background Requirements

Enthusiasm for archaeology and history

Experience with literature search and review

Experience with programs such as photoshop and illustrator is desirable but not essential

Experience with Object photography is desirable but not essential

Ability to work independently 
Financial Aid No

Thematic Domain

Computational Science and Engineering
Project Title Iterative Solvers for Partial Differential Equations
Remote Option Yes 
Start Date  Between June 15 and July 15
Duration  8 weeks
Project Objectives The project aims to introduce students to the development of iterative solvers and their application in the context of nonlinear partial differential equations encountered across science and engineering.
Expected Results

Develop an understanding of the application of iterative methods for the solution of nonlinear partial differential equations.


Implement numerical algorithms for solving nonlinear partial differential equations arising in problems from science and engineering.

Project Mentor Asst. Prof. Nikos Savva
Other CyI Staff Involved  - 
Background Requirements The intern needs to have a solid background in mathematics or/and physics and must be at least in the last year of her/his Bachelor studies. A basic knowledge of a programming language, such as “C” or “python” is recommended.
Financial Aid Yes, a moderate monthly stipend may be awarded subject to credentials of the intern.

Thematic Domain  Computational Science and Engineering 
Project Title  Data-driven Modelling in Complex Dynamical Systems
Remote Option Yes
Start Date Between June 15 and July 15
Duration 8 weeks
Project Objectives The project is an exploratory investigation into the discovery of parsimonious models for describing complex dynamical systems from measurement data without specific assumptions on the form of the governing equations. Such methodologies, which extend to partial and ordinary differential equations, are finding application across diverse domains, where modelling based on first principles remains elusive. 
Expected Results   - Review of modern literature on sparse regression and machine learning methodologies and evaluate their relative merits.
 - Investigate related systems that arise in science and engineering by implementing the methods learned.
Project Mentor Asst. Prof. Nikos Savva
Other Cyprus Institute Staff Involved  - 
Background Requirements The applicant needs to have a solid background in mathematics or/and physics and must be at least in the last year of her/his Bachelor studies. A basic knowledge of a programming language, such as “C” or “python” is recommended.
Financial Aid Yes, a moderate monthly stipend may be awarded subject to credentials of the intern.

Thematic Domain  International Relations 
Project Title International Relations Internship
Remote Option  This project can be offered remotely, depending on the developments relating to the current pandemic
Start Date  June 1 (but this is flexible)
Duration 8 weeks 
Project Objectives Support the maintenance of international relations databases, international relations outreach efforts, renewal efforts for international MoUs, communications with external partners etc. 
Expected Results Expansion of range of services provided by the International Relations Office to CyI
Project Mentor Dr. Nicolas Jarraud
Other Cyprus Institute Staff Involved None
Background Requirements Must be at least in final year of Bachelor’s degree. Must have or be studying towards a degree in international relations or a related field. 
Financial Aid Available None

Thematic Domain  Sustainable Built Environment and Green Campus Plan 
Project Title 3D Modeling of the CyI Athalassa Campus
Remote Option This project cannot be carried out remotely
Start Date June 1 (ideally but there is flexibility with the dates as long as the project does not take place during month of August)
Duration 8 weeks
Project Objectives

1) Execution of geometrical and architectonical surveys of CyI’s Athalassa Campus.

2) Documentation of buildings’ geometry and related construction attributes.

3) Creation of a 3D model of the campus including open air spaces and its environment.

4) Geometric and material visualisation of the architecture of buildings at the campus.

5) Identify and model optimized architectural solutions the implementation of which could increase the liveability of outdoor spaces.

Expected Results 1) 3D model of CyI’s Athalassa Campus in SketchUp, Autodesk 3ds max, Blender or Autodesk Revit, depending on intern’s experience with digital tools.

2) (video) animations of a walk through the existing campus.

3) (video) animations of a walk through the redesigned campus.

4) (possibly) 3D printing of the redesigned campus.
Project Mentor Prof. Salvatore Carlucci, Asst. Prof. Georgios Artopoulos
Other Cyprus Institute Staff Involved Mr. Michalis Philippou
Background Requirements Good knowledge of SketchUp, Autodesk 3ds max, or Blender.
Knowledge of Autodesk Revit is an advantage.
Financial Aid Available No 

Thematic Domain  Mechanical Engineering Design, Manufacturing, Fabrication, Prototype, Assembly, and Testing
Project Title Hands on experience and participation in the designing on 3D CAD software, CAM programing, CNC machining and 3D Printing, Custom machining, assembling and testing
Remote Option This project is is both on-site and remote (depending on the nature of each task to be done)
Start Date Flexible
Duration  Flexible (ideally around 8 weeks)
Project Objectives The objectives of the program are to engage new people with the manufacturing processes from concept to finished product
Expected Results Gain experience on all the process that used in the Technical Instrumentation Developing Lab
Project Mentor Agapios Agapiou 
Other Cyprus Institute   - 
Background Requirements Applicant must be a mechanical engineering, preferably in their final year of their Bachelor's degree. Applicants with additional qualifications are welcome to apply.
Financial Aid Available  No

Thematic Domain  Research Management and Administration
Project Title Open Science: Review of best practices and proposal for institutional measures
Remote Option This project can be offered remotely, depending on the developments relating to the current pandemic
Start Date June 1 (flexible start date as long as project takes place during period June 1 to Sept 30 
Duration 8 weeks
Project Objectives

- Acquaint the intern with the profession of RMA

- Provide on-the-job experience in a world-class research institution

- Provide experience on approaching a problem through the Systematic Review process
Expected Results Suggestions for measures and tools for fostering open science at CyI. 
Project Mentor Michael Papadopoulos
Other Cyprus Institute Staff Involved Vassilis Tsakalos
Background Requirements  
Financial Aid Available No 

Thematic Domain Operations
Project Title Development of new metrics and analysis of Key Performance Indicators
Remote Option This project can be offered remotely, depending on the developments relating to the current pandemic
Start Date Ideally June 1 but flexible within June 1 to Sept 30 period (excluding August)
Duration 8 weeks
Project Objectives

Identify and analyse structured and unstructured data related to KPIs, goals and objectives set by the Operations Units and assist with the development of relevant Reports and Dashboards

Expected Results

Identify and analyse structured and unstructured data related to KPIs, goals and objectives set by the Operations Units and assist with the development of relevant Reports and Dashboards

Project Mentor  Dr Michalis Yiangou
Other Cyprus Institute Staff Invloved N/A
Background Requirements No specific eligibility criteria. An undergraduate of Business Administration or Mathematics is preferable. 
Financial Aid Available Minimal stipend may be offered if necessary

Thematic Domain Health and Safety Focus on Chemicals
Project Title Occupational Health and Safety: Risk assessment and substitution of chemicals (up to 50 substances)
Remote Option  This project can be offered remotely, depending on the developments relating to the current pandemic
Start Date  Two Start Date options:
June 1 to July 23 or
July 1 with end date Sept 30 (with no work in August)
Duration 8 weeks
Project Objectives

 - Knowing legislation on health and safety related to chemicals and standard procedures

 - Learning to read a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)

 - Learning to conduct a risk assessment on hazardous chemicals

 - Conducting an analysis to replace hazardous substances with others with minor risk

 - Experiencing a real laboratory environment.
Expected Results  - Being able of carrying out a risk assessment of a set of chemicals used in specific procedures.
 - Delivering the risk assessment of a given set of chemicals in a given procedure.
 - Increased knowledge about chemicals.
 - Update on current legislation on chemicals.
 - Approach to the activities of a PhD student.
Project Mentor Natascia Manderioli
Other Cyprus Institute Staff Involved Dr Minas Iakovides, Dr Konstantina Oikonomou, Assoc Prof George Biskos, Agapios Agapiou
Background Requirements University student, knowledge in chemicals and/or health and safety interest
Financial Aid Available  No

Thematic Domain  Health and Safety Focus on Emergencies 
Project Title Occupational Health and Safety at the workplace: Emergency evacuation plan
Remote Option This project can be offered remotely, depending on the developments relating to the current pandemic
Start Date Two Start Date options:
June 1 to July 23 or
July 1 with end date Sept 30 (with no work in August)
Duration 8 weeks
Project Objectives   - Learning to plan and execute a fire drill
 - Learning to create and drawing an emergency evacuation plan
 - Knowing building-related fire legislation
 - Improving the capacity to work with AutoCad and/or Revit.
 - Drawing the 3D model of a pilot building of the CYI campus
 - Site inspection to check the compliance of the plans with the current state of the buildings
Expected Results

 - 3D model of the pilot building
       - Improve capability to work with Revit
 - 2D drawings of evacuation plans
       - Improve capability to work with AutoCad
 - Being able to organize a first response team.
 - Update on current legislation.
 - Real work experience in a technical office
 - Site inspection experience

Project Mentor Natascia Manderioli
Other Cyprus Institute Staff Involved   - 
Background Requirements Undergraduate student in engineering or architecture, interested in health and safety matters, capable of using AutoCad and/or Revit. 
Financial Aid Available No

Thematic Domain Health and Safety Focus on Chemicals 
Project Title Occupational Health and Safety: Preparation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) Up to 3 SOPs in relation to the complexity of the Process
Remote Option This project cannot be carried out remotely
Start Date  Two Start Date options:
June 1 to July 23 or
July 1 with end date Sept 30 (with no work in August) 
Duration 8 weeks
Project Objectives  - Knowing legislation on health and safety related to health and safety, chemicals, radiations, machinery and nanoparticles and standard operating procedures.
 - Learning to prepare a standard operating procedure.
 - Be able to read a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).
 - Learning to conduct a risk assessment on hazardous chemicals,
 - Experiencing a real laboratory environment. 
Expected Results  - Being able of carrying out a risk assessment and write a standard operating procedure.
 - Delivering the risk assessment and the standard operating procedure.
 - Increased knowledge about laboratory work.
 - Update on current legislation on chemicals, radiation, nanoparticles, machinery.
 - Approach to the activities of a PhD student.
Project Mentor Natascia Manderioli
Other Cyprus Institute Staff Involved Assoc Prof George Biskos, Dr Iosif Havez, Agaios Agapiou
Background Requirements University student, knowledge in chemicals, nanoparticles, environment or health and safety.
Financial Aid Available No

Additional projects may be added to the above table periodically 

Please note that if some of the projects may need to be offered remotely due to the developments related to the pandemic, there may be some additional background requirements that will be discussed with the mentor.

 

Program Length

The internships will be of approximately 8 weeks duration. Students may have the option to change the duration of the program in consultation with the project mentor.  


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

Be undergraduate or graduate students or recent graduates with an excellent academic background and a strong interest in research (prior lab or modelling experience is considered an advantage)
Have strong communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to adapt to a multicultural/multinational environment
Have good knowledge of oral and written English
See possible additional requirements under each project 

Application Process

Applications should be submitted through the online internship application.  The following supporting documents must be uploaded when filling out the online application:

Copy of national ID or passport
Curriculum Vitae 
University transcripts. All transcripts to date should be included.
English Language Proficiency Certificate. This may either be a letter from the student’s university verifying that their degree program is offered in English, or if the degree is not offered at an English- medium institution, students should provide a certificate verifying English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, GCSE/IGCSE etc.).  If applicants have not taken any tests demonstrating English language proficiency and have not studied/ are not studying at an English- medium institution, they may state it on the application.


Students will need to write a 300- word statement in the online application justifying their choice of project selected by stating why their background and qualifications are a good match for the project they are applying for. Students will be assigned to one project.

If, for any serious reason, the applicant needs to attend a shorter or longer program, they should explain why in the justification.


Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Projects will be listed as closed once spaces are filled.


Application Form

Click here to access the Internship Application Form


Financial Aid

The Cyprus Institute Graduate School Summer Internship program focuses on providing students a unique training experience through bespoke projects related to applicant’s field of study and research interests thus are not considered to be job placements and do not come with compensation.

A limited number of the projects may provide a small stipend based on merit and availability of funds. This information is available under each project listing.  


Contact

For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at tel: +357 22 208614 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.