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Digital Research Internship Program

Program Summary

In the Digital Research Internship program, undergraduates gain technical and organizational skills and build a diverse portfolio of technology projects. Students, working on a scrum team, receive tangible experience in technology and feminist leadership while working on the digital projects of Tulane faculty in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Students work in technical areas such as coding, digital archiving, web design, database development, design thinking, digital design, UX/UI, and AV editing. This paid internship supplements students’ majors and minors when seeking employment or prestigious technology internships.  

Duration:

Fall, 2020 – Spring, 2021

Eligibility:

Tulane Undergraduates 

Newcomb Institute's Requirements

Within the 2020-2021 school year, Interns will be expected to:

  • Work six hours each week in the Digital Research Lab. You will be expected to attend a weekly scrum meeting at the Digital Research lab. You continued place on the team is contingent on being able to fit this meeting into your class and work schedule.  
  • Actively work with your team to meet weekly objectives.
  • Keep a work-log outlining how you met that month’s objectives. 
  • Actively communicate and seek help when needed. Ask questions and be willing to conduct research to solve your own problems. 
  • Publish work in a digital flipbook. If asked, present your work at a NI event or social media takeover at the end of your grant period.

Positions Open

Technology Interns (6 positions available):

  • Works on a Scrum team with other undergraduates.
  • Divide up and work on tasks assigned from the project plans of seven faculty members each week.
  • Report weekly on their progress.
  • Meets weekly in a scrum meeting and works independently in the lab.

Product Developer Intern (1 position available):

  • Communicates and meets weekly with seven clients (faculty) on their project's progress.
  • Acts as the voice of the client (faculty member) during the weekly Scrum meeting.
  • Meets with the Scrum Facilitator weekly to plan sprints.
  • Organizes product backlog and Trello sprint logs for scrum meeting.
  • Develops strong organization, communication, and computing skills.

Examples of work may include coding, digital archiving, website design and development, databases, design thinking, digital design, UX/UI, and audiovisual editing. All skill levels are welcome to apply as long as you have an interest in technology, working on a SCRUM team, and a willingness to learn with a group and independently. 

Award:

Students will receive a(n):

  • $10.00/hr.
  • Opportunity to receive a letter of recommendation / professional reference from the Manager of Technology Initiatives.
  • Opportunity to build a diverse portfolio of technology-related work. 
  • Opportunities to digitally publish work on social media and peer-reviewed undergraduate journal and a portfolio of work.

Application

To apply, fill out the application.

The application closes on March 15, 2020.

Information Technology Internship Program

Program Summary:

In the Information Technology Internship program, undergraduates support technical operations within a non-profit research and education center. Undergraduates work in technical areas such as digital research, asset management, IT customer service, and Classroom/AV support. This paid internship supplements students’ majors and minors when seeking employment or prestigious technology internships.

Eligibility:

  • Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 

Responsibilities:

  • Provide classroom support to Newcomb Institute events and classes while working night shifts. Ability to work assigned shifts in the Newcomb Commons. 
  • Participate in a weekly scrum meeting. Your continued place on the team is contingent on being able to fit this meeting into your class and work schedule.  
  • Work independently and with diverse groups of people.
  • Possess a self-starting and self-motivating attitude.
  • Ability to break down a problem clearly into the component issues and analyze each item to develop a comprehensive solution. Ability to make and follow checklists. 
  • Willingness to troubleshoot solutions independently but also a willingness to seek help when needed.  
  • Work on a digital research project related to gender or techno-feminism of choice and publish articles in Technology and Gender DH project.
  • Create and maintain an information technology training manual for student workers.
  • Work on technology research projects. 
  • Work with Newcomb Institute staff and guests to identify computer problems and advise on a solution, as needed.  Maintain a checklist.
  • Log and keep records of user services queries. Seek help from the Manager of Technology Initiatives when needed.
  • Set up, triage, remove and store technology equipment and hardware including computers and podiums.
  • Data entry and office administration related to technology.
  • Maintain technology inventory lists and equipment.
  • Attend required trainings. 

Available Shifts:

  • Monday 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Award:

Students will receive a(n):

  • $10.00/hr.
  • Opportunity to receive a letter of recommendation / professional reference from the Manager of Technology Initiatives.
  • Opportunity to build a diverse portfolio of technology-related work. 
  • Opportunities to digitally publish work on social media and peer-reviewed undergraduate journal and a portfolio of work.

Application

To apply, fill out the application

The application closes on March 15, 2020

Grace Hopper Celebration Grants

Program Summary:

Each year, Newcomb Institute provides grants for undergraduates to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration. Funding includes airfare, registration, and double occupancy housing. Students are responsible for their own food and transportation at the conference. Eligible undergraduates must indicate an active interest in promoting gender equity in technology and seek a job or internship in the technology industry. 

Eligibility:

  • Juniors and Seniors during the Fall of 2020. 

Award

Funding will cover:

  • Airfare,
  • Double occupancy lodging, and
  • Conference registration fees.

Students will be responsible for their own meals and transportation during the trip.

Newcomb Institute's Requirements

Grantees will be required to:

  • Make an appointment with career services,
  • Provide an updated copy of their resume to NI before the trip,
  • Contribute a digital product about their experience to the NI journal Technology and Gender. 

For more information about the conference, visit the Grace Hopper Celebration website.

Application

To apply, fill out the application

The application closes on March 15, 2020.

 

Gender and STEM Grants

Program Summary

The Gender and STEM Research grant program offers grants for undergraduates who want to conduct research on topics relating to gender and STEM. Students will work approximately 30 hours producing a STEM research project that will be published on the SophieLab website. Students can propose their own projects or have one assigned to them.

Eligibility:

  • Sophomores and Juniors

Award:

Students will receive: 

  • $300.00 grant to work on a research project. 
  • Opportunity to receive a letter of recommendation / professional reference from Dr. Jacquelyne Howard, Administrative Assistant Professor of Technology and Women's History. 
  • Opportunities to digitally publish work on social media and non-peer-reviewed journals.
  • Grantees are encouraged to apply to the HASTAC Scholars Program in the Fall. Dr. Howard will sponsor your application if you are interested.

Application

To apply, fill out the application

The application closes on September 1, 2020.

 

 

For more information, contact:
Jacquelyne Thoni Howard, Ph.D. 
Administrative Assistant Professor
of Technology and Women's History 
jhoward8@tulane.edu