The emerging Social, Technological, Economic and Environmental challenges require a strong pool of digital volunteers that can understand data and technology. The focus has also been gradually shifting from physical volunteerism to digital. However, very few initiatives can be seen to have addressed this shift. There is a dearth of trained professionals who can contribute, conceptualize and advocate on technology for the development. Open mapping, civic learning, digital leadership and sustainable development are among the up and coming topics in the context of Data and Technology, where lots remain unexplored and untouched.
Kathmandu Living Labs has come up with Digital Internship and Leadership Program (DILP) to fulfill the above identified gap. The three-months-long extensive internship program equips young graduates with the broad understanding of open data, technology, civic learning and prepare them as the next generation leaders in open data movement. DILP is one of the capacity building initiativesf under Digital Volunteers initiative by Kathmandu Living Labs that encourages, empowers and engages Nepali citizens, particularly youth, willing to contribute their digital skills for the digital development of Nepal.
Why Digital Internship and Leadership Program?
Digital Volunteers Initiative under Kathmandu Living Labs opens this opportunity for both outstanding students and recent graduates. This internship program will develop digital skills and help the interns prepare for (digital) leadership positions. The interns will be a part of KLL’s flagship program – Digital Volunteers.
The pool of interns will receive rigorous training on a wide range of digital tools with particular emphasis on OpenStreetMap (OSM). In addition, they will also receive mentorship on career and leadership development from a group of national and international experts.
What do you do as a digital intern?
You will contribute to expanding a free, editable, digital map of Nepal using OpenStreetMap. Your tasks may include, but will not be limited to:
- Creating digital maps of critical infrastructures of three geographical areas (Terai, Hill & Mountain).
- Field data collection using different innovative tools and methods.
- Validating and correcting mapping done by other fellow mappers.
- Community-based research and report writings.
- Meeting face to face with your mentors, experts and fellow mappers periodically, and discussing progress.
Where will you be working from?
You will have the flexibility of working from your home or other places you prefer with occasional fieldwork and scheduled meet-ups at KLL. However, you need to be physically present during the first week of your internship for orientation and training. Your mentor will keep in touch and follow your work online at other times.
Internship Duration: 3 months
Why would you want to map? What’s in it for you?
It’s not just mapping. It’s much more than that. As a Digital Intern you will:
- Learn the culture of virtual office.
- Expand your professional network by meeting/working with other interns and experts from around the globe.
- Gain access to one of the largest online communities of about 4 million people.
- Broaden your worldview in the fields of Open data, civic engagement, Digital leadership, sustainable development, etc.
- Improve your chances of being an OSM Ambassador.
- Add digital skills to your skill-set.
- Earn certificates and personal recommendations for your contribution to Nepal’s digital movement.
Kathmandu Living Labs is looking for the motivated individuals who:
- Can commit at least three months.
- Have access to a laptop or a desktop and an internet connection.
- Have a passion to learn.
Candidates should have a minimum plus two level. The final selection will be made through personal interviews. Candidates with volunteering experience and internship will be preferred.
For details about Kathmandu Living Labs, visit: http://www.kathmandulivinglabs.org
To apply, fill up the application form here.
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