In 2011, OLPCorps, and the OLPC Intern program will be replaced by the OLPC Academy, the newest incarnation of OLPC's attempt to integrate university students into XO deployments.
The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Academy program was launched in 2010 to connect the world's top universities with 22 countries around the world who have embraced one laptop per child. Through the OLPC Academy, Masters and PhD students with specific expertise work at the frontier of education and technology to help some of the world's poorest children.
The OLPC Academy seeks to:
- Support country partners by meeting their needs with highly qualified candidates
- Seek innovative solutions to furthering OLPC objectives
- Advocate OLPC's 5 core principles
The OLPC Academy is part of the OLPC Association, a branch of OLPC based in Miami, Florida.
OLPC Academy Project Areas
- Pre-field and field assessment - OLPC and our country partners recognize the value of performing in-depth studies and interviews before starting future deployments. Here, we're looking for students with a background in sociology, anthropology, or cultural studies.
- Monitoring and evaluation - Tracking the progress of our deployments is critical for both internal and external purposes. We're looking for students with advanced coursework in education who are interested in developing and implementing program assesments.
- Pedagogy - One of OLPC's founding pillars is constructionism; we believe that learning should allow children to explore, create, and share with each other. Our Pedagogy teams will work with country partners to develop and implement innovative ways to learn using the XO laptop.
- Technical support - Our technical support teams will work with country partners on projects like implementing laptop repair centers, establishing power and internet, and advancing the use of the school server.
Universities that join the OLPC Academy join a network of the world's most prestigious universities working together to improve educational opportunities for the world's poorest children. OLPC will connect our partner universities to country deployments; in return, we ask that universities fund their students' travel and living expenses. Our programs provide opportunities for exceptional research and fieldwork opportunities that will distinguish graduate programs.
- Each intern will receive a monthly stipend.
- Each intern is responsible for paying for his/her airfare to the deployment country.
- OLPC provides each intern with emergency travel insurance. Interns are responsible for providing their own health insurance.
- An announcement on housing and accommodation conditions is pending.
While we can outline what interns have done in the past, the responsibilities will vary depending upon a number of factors, including the location of the deployment, the local partner's requirements, the needs of the deployment, the time of the internship, and the skills the intern offers.
For instance, a 5,000 XO deployment in Nicaragua will have different needs than the Ministry of Education in Peru. We will work closely with each intern to match their skills and interests to the requirements of each deployment.
How can I join?
For more information, or to join the OLPC Academy program, contact it by email.