High School Internships
The University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Information Science and Technology's Summer High School Internship Program will give you an innovative, hands-on experience directly in our labs. You’ll work alongside our faculty and students in areas such as robotics, bioinformatics, software engineering, cybersecurity, public health informatics, database-driven web development, IT innovation, open community participation research lab, music informatics, iOS/Android app development, gaming lab, and others. The program this summer is partially supported by a grant from the Bill and Ruth Scott Foundation.
You will learn the fun and excitement of scientific research and development activities as well as explore potential careers in IT. Our internship will give you the opportunity to learn new concepts, tools and skills, work on real research and help solve development problems.
Program Period/Dates: June 1st (Tuesday) – July 27th, 2020 (8 weeks)
Other required intern commitments: Weekly informal progress reports; June 29th (formal mid-internship report); Final presentations on July 26 & 27, 2020. Attendance at all reporting and presentation days is mandatory for all interns.
Application Deadline: Applications for Summer 2021 will open in the Spring of 2021.
Number of Internships and Stipend: 15-20 high school interns will be hired and paid a stipend of $1,500 for the 8 weeks internship.
Time commitment: 20 hours/week on-site (schedule can be arranged but must be 20 hours/week on site during working hours @ PKI – no exceptions)
20 Hours a Week
Why intern at IS&T?
Exposure to computer science and IT careers can lead to some of the best-paying jobs in the world. But, many students don’t even know that IT is a possibility for them. The demand is high, too: with over a million jobs projected by 2020. By seeking out programs like our internship, you’ll be on your way to a rewarding career.
- 1% of high school students enroll in A.P. Computer Science classes
- 5% of high schools offer an A.P. Computer Science class
- Students who take A.P. Computer Science are 8 times more likely to major in Computer Science
- 100% of IS&T students looking for work find a job in IT immediately upon graduating
- The median salary of IS&T students in the year after they graduate is $50k
- 80% of graduating IS&T seniors say that their major is directly related to their current career
High school students interested in math, science, performing arts and/or computer science from participating school districts are eligible to apply. Eligible students must meet the following criteria:
- Be entering 10th, 11th or 12th grade Fall of 2020
- Have completed and attained at least a "B" in Algebra I
- Obtain parental/guardian consent for participation
- Have a weighted GPA of 3.25 or higher (3.00 unweighted GPA or higher)
- Be able to provide their own reliable transportation to UNO each morning
Students must apply by the specified deadline. Completed applications must contain all of the following components:
- A completed online application form (click on button in right panel)
- A short 250 word essay describing the reasons for pursuing the IT Internship Program
- A copy of unofficial school transcript
- Optional Campus interview (only selected students will be called for an interview either face to face or via phone)
Accepted students will receive additional documents which must be completed and signed by the designated due date in order to participate.
Once we receive your application, our intern coordinator will pass along your information to IS&T faculty. From there, researchers/faculty will carefully read your applications and select candidates based on their specific research or lab's needs. You’ll hear back from us either way based on their decisions.
Labs/2020 Project Description
Bioinformatics (Dr. Kathryn Cooper), (Dr. Dario Ghersi), (Dr. Kiran Bastola), (Ishwor Thapa): The lab is examining the field of consumer nutrition informatics to understand how food intake habits affect health of people. In this summer project, the intern will use Natural Language Processing to identify how these terms are used in current nutrition labels and will work on a database for informing consumers the provenance and composition of their food.
Holograms & Human-Computer Interaction (Dr. Doug Derrick): Interns will be able to research innovative applications for Holograms. If you have an interest in 3D modeling, game design, and problem solving this research project will help you learn or strengthen skills! Interns will also be able to research Human-Machine Interaction by working with robots.
Internet of Things (Dr. Sachin Pawaskar): The Commingled Remains Analytics (CoRA) web application, database and APIs are a community resource for inventorying assemblages. Interns will work on either mobile responsive web development, data analytics and visualization aspects.
Design Engineering/IT Innovation (Dr. Christine Toh): The intern will work on analyzing qualitative data from two studies, one conducted with expert designers, and one from written reflections with student designers, to understand how shared mental models impact design creativity during design activities.
Machine Learning/Robotics (Dr. Pei-Chi Huang): This project will develop an open-source simulator for different types of robotics, e.g., autonomous driving systems. The goal for simulating the design, building a prototype and testing this platform can support flexible specification API, dynamic environmental conditions, and also provide fast simulation for control and planning, and create a map generation to navigate different traffic scenarios as well.
Content Alalysis/Citizen Science (Dr. Andrea Wiggins): Join our team in developing a new citizen science project focused on understanding how well volunteers can identify phishing cues. Opportunities to work with community management, research design, science communication, and analysis of results.
Mobility/Health (Dr. Hesham Ali):
Computer Science (Dr. Briana Baker Morrison): This project will create a new website documenting the history of 90 different SIGCSE conferences. In essence, we will create a digital scrapbook for each conference when possible. Web page design skills are helpful, but not required.
Data Analytics/Visualization (Dr. Sachin Pawaskar):
Wearable Mobility Monitoring Systems (Dr. Jon Youn):
2020 Intern Projects
- Bioinformatics- Measuring Prevalance of Similar Ingredients Using Consumer Health Informatics: Lance Buscher, Sophia Kolb, Sachi Lele
- Mobile App & Game Development- Zoodemic Learning Game: Jacob Kirui
- Holograms & Human-Computer Interaction-Computer Influence Interface Replication: Sofia Castro, Jack Rygg
- Design Engineering/IT Innovation- UNMC Balance Application: Sophia Harding, Swayam Kontamwar
- Web Security- Web Page Obfuscation: Micah Gilbert
- Computer Science- SIGCSE Website Project: Pranavi Athota, Jada Williams
- Data Analytics/Visualization- Commingled Remains Analyics (CoRA): Rashelle Amao, Elizabeth Berry, Jackson Long
- Wearable Mobility Monitoring Systems- Accuracy of Step Detection using Wrist Sensors: Stephanie Lewis, Ruike Liang
2019 Intern Projects
- Co-occurrence Networks of the Gut Microbiome in Colorectal Cancer
- The Impact of Screen Size on Crowdsourced Image Classification (poster will be presented at the ACM International Conference on Computer-supported Cooperative work and Social Computing)
- Biology and Gene-driven Graph Intelligence Chat (BIGGIE Chat)
- The Hazmat Project
- Gen Cyber
- F1Tenth Autonomous Race Car Project
- MIS Flood Mobile App
- Analyzing Movement Patterns to Make Predictions about Health
- Accuracy of Step Detection using Wrist Sensors
- Web Security
"This internship helped me develop many life-long skills, not just found in the IS&T field. I learned about various programming languages and software, along with how to communicate and problem-solve in a team setting. I was also able to meet new people and learn about their experiences in the IS&T field. I thoroughly believe that this internship gives everyone the opportunity to explore their interests, or a new field, in an encouraging and educational way."
"The eight weeks I had with this internship was eight weeks of new knowledge to learn and new experiences to hold. It was an opportunity where my hard work would contribute to a meaningful goal."
"I think everyone should try for this internship if they are even remotely interested in a career in technology. Tech is such a fastpaced and constantly developing field that it can be really hard to determine exactly what you want to do, and the IS&T internship definitely helps with that. I was exposed to a whole industry of careers I didn't even know existed and learned that if I wanted a career in technology I could probably find it or create one on my own. With this internship not only did I get to obtain a vast set of new skills, and do very rewarding research but I was also able to solidify what my interests were and create a vision for my future. Beyond this, the internship definitely prepared me for the professional world. I honed my skills in communication, teamwork, and problem-solving and got the opportunity to apply all my new skills into meaningful work."