About the OLPC Academy

The OLPC Academy program was launched in 2010 to provide University students with the opportunity to travel across the world and support the development and growth of a global and inclusive education for children. The OLPC Academy targets students at the Masters and PhD programs in in the specialty fields of:

  • Computer science
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Economy and Business administration
  • Political science
  • Education and learning
  • Social science and psychology

The participants are placed in target communities to work at the frontier between education and technology. The students are active actors in creating and enhancing education opportunities for of the world's poorest children.

Focus Areas

The OLPC Academy program exposes students to exceptional research and fieldwork opportunities. Students can partake in a range of project areas for a period of two months to one year, with potential to receive academic credit. There are five core focus areas within the Academy:

Pre-field and field assessment - Students conduct in-depth studies and interviews to define the education baseline and landscape in countries post OLPC deployment projects.

Monitoring and evaluation - Students track the progress of existing deployment projects; an exercise which aims to report the impact of the projects and support applications for funding.

Curriculum development - One of OLPC's founding pillars is constructionism; learning should allow children to explore, create and share. Participants will work with country partners to develop and implement innovative curriculums, tailored to specific locations and demographics.

Technical support - Technical support teams will work with country partners on projects such as implementing laptop repair centers, designing support infrastructure, developing software programming and advancing the use of the school server.

Social inclusion and sustainability - Targets the development and the learning skills for children with special needs, indigenous languages and children with disabilities.

Special student proposals - Covers work and research proposals adjacent to OLPC focus areas, include more than one area or have the potential to evolve into a subject of interest for OLPC.

Participating and Potential Locations

Mexico, Rwanda, US, Cameron, Armenia, Honduras, Peru, Canada, Uruguay, Nicaragua, Argentina, Paraguay, Costa Rica, Colombia, South Africa, Chile, China, India, Brazil and other countries.

Benefits and Rewards

The OLPC Academy program offers beyond personal satisfaction when helping underprivileged children access quality education, other benefits and rewards including:

  • Credited contribution to OLPC mission
  • Life experience and a foot print in a community
  • Unique experiential research environment
  • Direct contact with the host communities
  • Live experience of laptop deployment projects
  • Logistical and financial support
  • Contacts with government and NGO officials
  • Sponsored gathering at MIT event
  • Contact

    OLPC Academy team looks forward to hearing from motivated and committed students willing to experience a unique and life enriching experience. For further information about the program, please contact academy@laptop.org.

    Other Internships

    Grant Writing and Foundation Outreach

    A select group of experienced writers will be teamed up to explore an untapped area of resources for OLPC: grants & foundations. With the goal of securing funding for XO laptops and capacity building projects, interns will conduct research and work closely with country deployments to formulate and submit grant proposals. While this internship position is unpaid and will be done remotely, opportunities to travel to partnering countries are possible. Learn how to apply for a Grant Writing and Foundation Outreach Internship.

    Specialized Internships

    If none of our current programs are a fit for you, we still want to hear from you. We strongly encourage new ideas which challenge our limits and yours. Some of our most innovative projects, like OLPCorps, have evolved from simple ideas to global initiatives. For example, a team of MBA students from Hult International have initiated the Global Case Challenge as a way to develop innovative and effective strategies for leveraging our leading-edge technologies to educate and empower the world's poorest children. Learn how to apply for a Specialized Internship.