Google Earth Engine Intern

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

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The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is seeking applications from young and enthusiastic students to explore global data sources, mainly satellite data, to develop algorithms and tools related to water risks and agricultural development.

At present, IWMI is implementing a Big Data framework by integrating remote sensing, ground observations and socioeconomic data to generate several knowledge products in the fields of agriculture, water and disaster risk management. Within the framework, the team has implemented several tools and products using Google Earth Engine (GEE), and is looking for interns to transfer GEE codes or develop new algorithms and tools that are adaptable in Amazon web services, which requires knowledge in Jupyter Notebook, and are easily scalable, automated and applicable over large areas. The interns will have an opportunity to work in the ongoing Digital Earth Africa program supported by the Helmsley Foundation.


  • Implement IWMI’s existing GEE-based knowledge products in Jupyter Notebook, and develop other algorithms and tools.
  • Develop codes in a cloud-based Earth Observation data environment under the Open Data Cube (ODC) framework.
  • Investigate existing data exploitation methods and automation techniques in the ODC framework (e.g.machine learning, rule-based classifier and geospatial statistics, both in space and time).
  • Assist in developing basic statistical modules for validation of knowledge products.
  • Work on problems of diverse scope, and ensure task schedules and quality requirements are followed.


Qualifications, exposure and skills:

  • Master’s or PhD degree program in Geospatial Science, Computer Science, Geography, Earth Science or a related field.
  • Should essentially have knowledge in Jupyter Notebook and/or JavaScript to implement water-risks products in cloud framework.
  • Working knowledge of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Earth Engine, and Google Cloud Platform.
  • Working knowledge to integrate publicly available application programming interfaces (APIs) for data visualization.
  • Basic knowledge of handling satellite imagery and geospatial data using the above mentioned programming languages and/or software.
  • Experience in developing a web framework is desirable.

Please note that the internship will be on a teleworking basis due to the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic and travel restrictions. Our preference is for voluntary internships to complete thesis work, but we may offer a stipend in some cases.

The duration of the internship will be for a period of 4 to 5 months.

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Applications must be submitted by 24:00 (Colombo time) on July 31, 2020 (Friday)

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is a non-profit, research-for-development organization that works with governments, civil society and the private sector to solve water problems in developing countries and scale up solutions. Through partnership, IWMI combines research on the sustainable use of water and land resources, knowledge services and products with capacity strengthening, dialogue and policy analysis to support implementation of water management solutions for agriculture, ecosystems, climate change and inclusive economic growth. Headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, IWMI is a CGIAR Research Center and leads the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE).

IWMI is an equal opportunity employer and emphasizes the importance of regional and gender diversity and inclusiveness in identifying candidates for this internship and its staff more generally.





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