Posted on May 07, 2013

Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) will be kicking off its 2013 summer internship program soon, and invites computer science and computer engineering students to apply. The intensive two-month internship program provides students with the opportunity to work closely with top researchers, and receive practical work experience based on their studies. Applications will be accepted until May 12, 2013.

QCRI designed the summer internship program to attract, identify and develop talented computer science and engineering students in Qatar, as part of its longer term hiring strategy.  “Our future growth plans call for an aggressive recruiting effort, and that includes attracting and nurturing local talent at university level,” said Dr Ahmed Elmagarmid, Executive Director of QCRI. “At QCRI, we are committed to building a strong research culture in Qatar by providing inspiration and development opportunities to young people.”

The summer internship program was launched in 2012, with six undergraduate students putting their research and technical knowledge to the test by developing a viable computer assisted language learning (CALL) iPad application with the Arabic Language Technologies team.

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This year’s program has expanded significantly to include projects from each of QCRI’s research areas including Arabic language technologies, data analytics, distributed systems, scientific computing and social computing, totaling 16 projects overall.  Many of the summer projects address an important component of a larger research project conducted by QCRI’s senior scientists.  Projects that interns will work on during the summer include improving optical character recognition results for historic Arabic documents, building a suite of tools for deep web mining, working on next-generation elastic databases, building graphical interfaces to aid in navigating data violations and using social media to develop a socio-geographic map of Doha.

The program provides hands-on experience in a continuous learning environment, exposing the students to developing practical and technical skills needed for a successful career in research.

“Our summer interns will apply the theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom to one of our Institute’s research projects,” said Dr. Eman Fituri, Director of Education Initiatives at QCRI.  “We provide our interns with theopportunity to gain invaluable exposure to the research culture at our Institute, and to determine their potential interest in pursuing a career in computer science research.”

QCRI is currently accepting applications for its 2013 summer internship program. More information about the projects and the application process can be accessed on the website www.qcri.qa. Qualified and interested candidates should complete the application form at www.qcri.qa/join-us/intern-with-us/summer-internships

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