Intern (Water Risks and Agricultural Development Application)

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Colombo, , LK


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.

IWMI is presently implementing a Big Data framework by integrating remote sensing, ground observations and socioeconomic data to generate several knowledge products in the fields of agriculture, and water scarcity and security. Within the framework, the team is exploring the use of cloud-based platforms, e.g., Google Earth Engine and Python, and related open source tools to implement a system that is easily scalable, automated and applicable over large areas.

To support the project, the intern will:

  • analyze performance, accuracy and utility of Earth observation data, components and approaches in both time and space;
  • investigate existing data exploitation methods and automation techniques (e.g., machine learning, spatiotemporal statistics);
  • assist in developing the web framework; and
  • work on problems of diverse scope, and ensure task schedules and quality requirements are met.


Qualifications, exposure and skills:

  • Master’s degree program in Geomatics, Computer Science, Geography, Earth Science, Engineering, Physics or related field.
  • Experience in Python or R. Knowledge of Matlab is a plus.
  • Knowledge of working on Desktop softwares like ArcGIS/QGIS, ENVI/Erdas or other GIS and image processing softwares.
  • Experience of handling satellite imagery and geospatial data using above mentioned programming languages and/or softwares.


  • Knowledge of Google Earth Engine.
  • Knowledge of PyQt/wxPython.
  • Python web frameworks. e.g. Django, Flask, Bottle. Experience in Node, JavaScript (Dojo, Leaflet).
  • Working knowledge of Mapserver or Geoserver, Openlayers (2 or 3).

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is a non-profit, scientific research organization focusing on the sustainable use of water and land resources in developing countries. IWMI works in partnership with governments, civil society and the private sector to develop scalable agricultural water management solutions that have a real impact on poverty reduction, food security and ecosystem health. Headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with regional offices across Asia and Africa, IWMI is a CGIAR Research Center and leads the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE).