Internship | Tooling for Terminology Curation
About this position
In many situations a group of people (e.g. a project team, a standardization committee) find it difficult to reach a crisp, clear and common understanding of the words and phrases that its team-members use. This difficulty emerges as misunderstandings, and errors being made, e.g. in specifications of information systems, standards, program code, and more. TNO has devised a process to resolve such issues, and has used this to overcome such difficulties in different situations. This has created a need for establishing a set of IT tools that can be used to support the creation and maintenance (curation) of terminologies. A specification for such tooling is also being developed.
What will be your role?
Your task will be to create tools as specified (and enhance the specs where appropriate), make them work in development environments for programmers ( (e.g. VSCode, docker) and other authors (that write texts using e.g. LaTeX, wiki’s, Github pages, Docusaurus), integrate them with CI/CD pipes (github/gitlab), and use them yourself as you write the technical parts of the tool’s documentation.
The core of the work will be done in a small team at TNO in Groningen, which interacts frequently with the Concepts and Terminology Working Group of the Trust over IP community, which is part of the Linux Foundation.
What we expect from you
For starters, we expect you to be able to understand the concepts/ideas behind the specifications. Next, we expect you to be proficient with dev tools (e.g. github/gitlab, docker), different text-formats (e.g. markdown, HTML, LaTeX, JSON, YAML), various programming languages suitable for text-reprocessing – in short: the capabilities needed to fulfill the stated tasks. Finally, we expect you to write code that others can easily understand, maintain and extend. And of course, we expect you to be able to efficiently and effectively collaborate in the smaller and larger teams you will be working with.
What you'll get in return
You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.
TNO as an employer
At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world. Read more about TNO as an employer.
At TNO we encourage an inclusive work environment, where you can be yourself. Whatever your story and whatever unique qualities you bring to the table. It is by combining our unique strengths and perspectives that we are able to develop innovations that make a real difference in society. Want to know more? Read what steps we are taking in the area of diversity and inclusion.
The selection process
After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.
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