Your project will involve learning a new skill (e.g., programming language) to either build or expand upon an information system for the organization. This work can be done individually or with a team, but your application must include what role you specifically will be filling within the project. The entire project does not need to be focused on coding, but you will be expected to demonstrate that you will be spending a good amount of time working with the code. Other time spent on the project can include working on design, requirement gathering, testing, or databasing.
If your internship focuses on data analysis or analytics, it must include the following components.
- Some form of programmatic data cleaning and/or aggregation. For example, using Python to ingest data or clean data and using SQL to query the data to find insights.
- Some platform for visualization. Most commonly we see Tableau, Arcteryx, and PowerBI. Some students also build their own visualization platforms using (for example) PHP and a jQuery library.
Approval may rely on whether or not the your work will live on past your time at the organization with little to no maintenance.
We do not approve data analysis internships that use Excel and other such tools.
The internship will involve honing/applying HCI skills and learning new skills to assist in the creation of a new or improved product for the organization. This work can be done individually or on a team, but your application must include your specific role within the project. You should apply and gain further experience in a HCI process that may include:
- Planning or Defining using methods such as Primary or Secondary Research, Interviews, Contextual Inquiry
- Synthesis of your research data into insights for use in the design stage using methods such as Affinity Diagram, Card Sorting, Cognitive Mapping, etc.
- Concept generation of your ideas using methods such as Brainstorming, Personas, Scenarios, Low Fidelity Prototypes, etc.
- Creating detailed interactive prototypes (either physical or digital) using wire framing tools such as Adobe XD, Axure, Figma or Sketch.
- Refinement and evaluation of products using methods such as A/B Testing, Usability Testing, Wizard of Oz, etc.
Students who are engaging in an HCI-focused internship should have already completed courses that are beyond INFO-I300 (e.g., INFO-I245/246, INFO-I370). Students should also have a supervisor who is experience in HCI methods or HCI work.