Interns Wanted for Spring 2016!

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Would you like to help Danish companies and organizations prosper in the intersection between science, technology, and innovation? Innovation Center Denmark, Silicon Valley, is looking for three talented and energetic interns from February 1st 2016 to July 31st 2016. Are you up for the challenge?

We are looking for interns in the areas of Innovation, Research & Development, and Investment & Innovation that are eager to learn and develop professionally as well as personally in one of the most interesting and fast paced business eco systems in the world. It is a requirement that you are currently enrolled in a Master’s program at a Danish university. The knowledge, skills, and interests that you bring with you, will impact the projects you are going to work with throughout your time at Innovation Center Denmark, in which you will receive ongoing evaluation and feedback.

Click here for more details on the positions

Who may apply?
Interns at Innovation Center Denmark must be enrolled in a Master’s program at a Danish university.

How to apply?
In your application, please indicate which internship you are applying for (Innovation, R&D, or I&I), why you think you will be a good fit for the team, and how this internship fits into your overall personal and professional goals. Also, indicate if you would like to be considered for one of the other teams. Finally, please enclose CV, references, and transcripts in your application.

The application deadline is September 27th 2015.

 

If you want to read more about the current interns and their backgrounds, click here!

New Infusion of Intern Energy at the Innovation Centre

From the left: Simon, Kasper, Mathias
From the left: Simon, Kasper, Mathias

Mathias Rigbolt, Research & Development

My name is Mathias and I look very much forward to the next five months as R&D intern at the Innovation Centre. The internship is part of my Master’s degree in Political Science at the University of Copenhagen, where my focus is on the intersection between politics, technology and science; a combination which is sometimes paraphrased as a triple-helix structure. Here in Silicon Valley I’m going to be right in the middle of that intersection, gaining invaluable experience with public-private collaboration. For Denmark to be a world leading knowledge economy, I believe that it is imperative that Danish organizations, research communities and businesses are present in the epicenter of innovation. While at ICDK, I will do my best to facilitate this presence and build bridges between Danish and US research while also generating valuable knowledge from the center of the storm.

I have always been deeply fascinated with the innovative and fast-paced culture of Silicon Valley. It is a dream come true to be here and try to maneuver and keep up the pace in the electrifying winds of disruptive technologies and groundbreaking research. Please feel free to contact me at matrig@um.dk.

Simon Lehnskov Lange, Innovation

My name is Simon and I am the new Innovation Intern here at the Innovation Centre. I see entrepreneurship, whether it is based on discovery or innovation, as one of the most efficient ways of making the world a better place. Having founded and run a small temp agency for a couple of years, I know how early startups bring both great engagement and challenges to their founders. Besides having taken my first chances with a business, I am currently finishing a M.Sc. in Photonics Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark. This builds on a B.Sc. in Physics and Nanotechnology from the same institution.

My motivation for joining the Innovation Centre is rooted in personal experiences: I have used 2.5 out the last 7 years traveling around the world to explore and understand some of our global, cultural diversity as well as life in the developing world. Over hunger and domestic violence in Africa, political indoctrination in South East Asia to corruption, drugs and armed street wars in Latin America, I have built up a profound wish that we will all find new ways to organize ourselves. Innovation clusters like Silicon Valley are key players in finding technologies that can enable this change, so I am super excited to get to work here. Please feel free to contact me at simlan@um.dk.

Kasper Clemmesen Hansen, Investment & Innovation

My name is Kasper and I am one third of the incoming team of interns at the Innovation Centre Denmark, Silicon Valley. Specifically, I’m the new Investment and Innovation Associate, which means that I am going to be active on both sides of the “building bridges” analogy. Thus, I will be helping Danish companies innovate and grow in Silicon Valley as well as promoting Denmark as a tremendous investment destination for American companies. The fundamental motivation for joining the Innovation Centre is to improve my grasp of how the theoretical realm that I have been taught in my current studies of M.Sc. in Finance and Strategic Management at Copenhagen Business School is connected to finance, investment, and strategy in practice. The internship is an ideal case study of this exact relationship.

Having spent a few weeks in Silicon Valley already, my impression is that, here, everyone is an entrepreneur. No matter whether you are a janitor or a financial accountant by day, we are all entrepreneurs by night. This willingness to risk everything is truly inspiring and I hope to bring this desire and optimism with me back to Denmark when the six months are over. In the meantime, always feel free to contact me at kachan@um.dk

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Welcome to the Valley! Three new interns at the Innovation Center

From left Kristina, Line, and Søren

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Kristina

My name is Kristina, and I look very much forward to represent one half of the R&D team this coming half-year. I am pursuing a M.Sc. Engineering Management degree at the Technical University of Denmark, expanding on a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Technology. I am very passionate about science and technology, and have earlier on tweeted with Nobel laureates as part of organizing a science conference, encouraged children to learn at NERD summer camps, found scientific press angles on music festivals, been queen of my high school’s chess club, and learned about mining systems in the -20C in the Ural Mountains. Feel free to write me at krilha@um.dk.

Søren

I’m Søren and I am very excited to be the new Investment & Innovation Intern at the Innovation Center. This means that I will be tasked with facilitating opportunities for Danish start-ups in Silicon Valley as well as creating collaboration with American companies looking to invest abroad. The internship is part of my MSc in International Economic Consulting at Aarhus University, where I have to write my thesis when I return to Denmark. However, I could not pass on this opportunity to experience working in an environment like Silicon Valley, where ideas, opportunities, and a ‘can-do’ spirit are omnipresent. Therefore, I am really looking forward to the next six months and to be part of the projects within both areas. Already during the first month, we have all been given a lot of responsibility and I have come across really skilled and inspiring people, indicating an exciting half year ahead. You can contact me at soreni@um.dk.

Line

Hi, my name is Line, and I’m the new Innovation Associate here at Innovation Center Denmark in Silicon Valley. Back home I am enrolled at Aarhus University studying a Master’s degree in Information Technology – IT, Communication and Organization, and I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Information Studies. I have always been craving practical experience in order to put my academic learnings into perspective, and as Innovation Associate I get the possibility of diving right into the Silicon-Valley-waves of paying it forward culture, cutting edge technology and pioneering business development. Since technology, innovation and helping startups succeed make my heart beat faster this is the ultimate place to be. I look forward to many great adventures being part of ICDK in the next six months. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to write me at linrod@um.dk.

Interns wanted!

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Would you like to help Danish companies and organizations prosper in the intersection between science, technology, and innovation? Innovation Center Denmark, Silicon Valley, is looking for three talented and energetic interns from August 1th 2015 to February 1st 2016. Are you up for the challenge?

We are looking for interns in the areas of Innovation, Research & Development, and Investment & Innovation that are eager to learn and develop professionally as well as personally in one of the most interesting and fast paced business eco systems in the world. It is a requirement that you are currently enrolled in a Master’s program at a Danish university. The knowledge, skills, and interests that you bring with you, will impact the projects you are going to work with throughout your time at Innovation Center Denmark, in which you will receive ongoing evaluation and feedback.

Click here for more details on the positions

Who may apply?
Interns at Innovation Center Denmark must be enrolled in a Master’s program at a Danish university.

How to apply?
In your application, please indicate which internship you are applying for (Innovation, R&D, or I&I), why you think you will be a good fit for the team, and how this internship fits into your overall personal and professional goals. Also, indicate if you would like to be considered for one of the other teams. Finally, please enclose CV, references, and transcripts in your application.

The application deadline is March 8th 2015. 

Departure from Gloom and Doom

In our ongoing “What are they doing today?” series, we caught up with Marie Louise Gørvild, who was ICDK’s research intern in 2009 and Communications Manager in 2010-2011. Today, she works with communications for the Scandinavian think tank Monday Morning on the initiative Sustainia focused on creating sustainable innovative solutions.

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We asked Marie a few questions about past and present:

Why did you work for ICDK?

The short answer is, that an opportunity like that shouldn’t be missed.
I had been in the US for two years, when I first came across ICDK. Aside of studies at Berkeley, I had the good fortune of working at former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s press office back in 2008-2009. There, I learned a ton from the visionary and super professional staff. That left me inspired and wanting to use these insights for Danish interests in California. I started out as a research associate and was able to stay on for another year as communications manager.

What do you do today?
Today, I’m back in Copenhagen working for Scandinavian think tank Monday Morning. Here, I manage communications for  Sustainia. It is a great project propelling us on a mission to shape a new narrative for sustainability by focusing on the solutions – not the usual doom and gloom. We are right now identifying sustainability innovations around the world to demonstrate the future we could achieve, if we scale readily available solutions. I still make sure to spend time in California at least once a year for a much-needed dose of inspiration, creativity and random surprises.

What did you achieve during your internship at ICDK?
I was showered in inspiration that I still draw on. ICDK has an incredible network in and knowledge of the innovation ecosystem right outside the door. Especially one notion has stuck with me: Pay it forward. Never have I experienced such an open, helpful and curious culture as in California. Therefore, my key take-away is this: Be open to the people that come your way – and forget their titles, age and background. You probably weren’t where you are today if it wasn’t because someone helped you. If we all give a little extra, we all benefit.

Marie Louise Gørvild

Twitter @mariegorvild

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Former position: Research associate at ICDK 2009, Communications Manager at ICDK, 2010-2011

Present position: Communications Manager at Sustainia

 

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