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 – July 24th, 2020 (8 weeks). Final presentations will be held on the July 24th and attendance is required.
DEADLINE MARCH 18, 2020
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
"Even if someone doesn't know if they want to major in the IS&T field they should definitely try out this program! It teaches more than just programming, it teaches you how to work in a team setting, work on real life projects, and how to problem solve!"
"I learned more in my internship experience than I could have ever done in any high school class. Working alongside college students provided me with a little bit of what it is like to be on a professional business team working to make an application for the real world in a safe and helpful environment."
"My favorite part of the internship summer was the collaboration and the encouragement to keep learning more. I was always learning new programming techniques and new languages which is valuable. The internship prepared me for college by helping me meet professors at IS&T and getting good advice about which classes to take from students already in the major."
"In working on a team and brainstorming ideas to be a part of a decision making process I feel more empowered to work in a professional environment."
- Cybersecurity (Dr. Matt Hale)
- Bioinformatics (Dr. Kathryn Cooper), (Dr. Dario Ghersi), (Dr. Kiran Bastola), (Ishwor Thapa)
- Public Health Informatics (Dr. Ann Fruhling)
- Mobile App & Game Development (Zac Fowler)
- Wearable Mobility Monitoring Systems (Dr. Jong-Hoon Youn)
- Holograms & Human-Computer Interaction (Dr. Doug Derrick)
- Open Source Development and Analytics (Dr. Matt Germonprez)
- Mobility/Health (Dr. Hesham Ali)
- Design Engineering/IT Innovation (Dr. Christine Toh)
- Simulation and Modeling (Dr. Brian Ricks)
- Chatbots (Dr. Ryan Schuetzler)
- Web Security (Dr. Rui Zhao)
- Machine Learning/Robotics (Dr. Pei-Chi Huang)
- Content Alalysis/Citizen Science (Andrea Wiggins)
- Digital Forensics (Dr. George Grispos)
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) OR be ranked in the top 20% of their class
- 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 application form
- A short 250 word essay describing the reasons for pursuing the IT Internship Program
- Copy of unofficial school transcript
- Optional Campus interview (only selected students will be called for an interview)
Accepted students will receive additional materials which must be completed and signed by the designated due date in order to participate.
Once we receive your application, our intern coordinators will pass along your information to IS&T's lab managers. From there, lab managers will carefully read your applications and select candidates based off their specific lab's needs. You’ll hear back from us either way based on the labs' decisions.