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SLI Internships

School Year SLI Internships

SLI is provides work-based learning opportunities for students during the school year. See below for internship opportunities.

2021-22 School Year Opportunities

Our school year opportunities are now closed, but you can view some videos from our winter 2022 STEM Micro-Internships program:

Program Wrap Up Video

Student Intern Testimonials

SLI - USRA STEM Engagement at NASA Ames Research Center (winter), part two

In partnership with NASA-USRA, the Science Learning Institute (SLI) will provide internships for two Foothill College students in the areas of computer science and data science in winter quarter 2022. Students will receive $1800 from USRA and $1800 from Foothill SLI for this internship for a total of $3600 for 20 hours per week for 10 weeks. 

Please make sure to read the full project description for each position: Project 1 - Data Analytics Intern and Project 2 - Business Applications Automation Intern.

Student Eligibility

  • U.S. citizens only (this may change for the future)
  • Have taken 12 units in STEM courses previously and are primarily a Foothill College student.
  • Enrolled in 6 units for fall at Foothill.
  • Priority given to students who demonstrate financial need, have not had previous internship, are aiming to transfer, and are first time degree earners.

Commitment

  • Average 20 hours a week, online internship, for 10 weeks in the winter quarter
  • Sign up for ITRN course (paid for by SLI)
  • Participate in internship and ongoing support provided by SLI.

Winter 2022

Two interns will be selected for the winter 2022 internship with USRA-NASA for two separate projects:

  1. Data Analytics Internship - The intern will conduct manual and programmatic data analysis of various data sets for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) . The intern will analyze, visualize and develop software scripts to analyze and provide metrics of the data. The intern will visualize the results and produce charts, tables, graphs, etc. and present the visual results to the team. The intern will work under the guidance of NAMS software engineer and the NAMS Program Management. The intern will gain experience with research, data analytics, software engineering, and data visualization. 
  2. Business Applications Automation Internship - The student will assist with programmatic business application development by developing software that provides a streamlined approach. The aim of this project is to develop software to programmatically or semi-programmatically extract data and generate reports, write documentation for the software and demonstrate the software. The student will work in a team environment under the guidance of software engineer and NAMS program manager. The student will gain experience with software development, testing, scripting, documentation, and business application processes. 

Read the project description and flyer to better understand each position. 

How to Apply
  1. Go MyPortal. Log in. 
  2. Find the Handshake tile and log in. If you have never used Handshake, you will need to register and await approval and then set up your profile.
  3. Search Jobs using the keywords "Foothill SLI" to find these two postings.
  4. Go through the online application process for whichever internship you are interested in.

Deadline is rolling. USRA and SLI are looking to fill these positions as soon as possible. 

SLI - USRA STEM Engagement at NASA Ames Research Center (fall and winter) [CLOSED]

SLI is partnering with Universities Space Research Association (USRA), an independent, nonprofit research corporation, to offer paid internships at NASA Ames Research Center during the 2021-22 school year.

The internships range in technical areas of Aeronautics, Data Science, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Environmental Analytics.

The internships are open to Foothill College students and offered part time during the school year and full time during the summer. The students will work alongside USRA and NASA PI (s) at the NASA Ames Research Center. The aim is to encourage students, specially from underrepresented groups, to continue their education in Science, Technology, Education and Math (STEM) fields within government, academia, or industry.

Students will receive a scholarship from SLI and a stipend from USRA for their participation in this internship.

WATCH A VIDEO WITH MORE INFO

Student Eligibility

  • U.S. citizens only (this may change for the future)
  • Have taken 12 units in STEM courses previously and are primarily a Foothill College student.
  • Enrolled in 6 units for fall at Foothill.
  • Priority given to students who demonstrate financial need, have not had previous internship, are aiming to transfer, and are first time degree earners.

Commitment

  • Average 20 hours a week, online internship
  • Sign up for ITRN course (paid for by SLI)
  • Participate in internship and ongoing support provided by SLI.

Fall 2021

  • Opportunity for fall 2021 has closed

Winter 2022

Two interns will be selected for the winter 2022 internship with USRA-NASA for two separate projects:

  •  Earth Data Visualization using WorldWind in the area of high performance computing. The internship aims to gain insights into WorldWind platform and understand the deployment of a visualization service based on it. The focus will be on designing efficient server and client sides for visualization. The task will showcase a wildfire dataset over CONUS (Continental US) from 2018 to present. The intern will:
    • Develop a WorldWind based web app running on a Kubernetes instance.
    • Prepare show case dataset to fit the WorldWind criteria to load and visualize.
    • Set up an efficient backend data server to match the needs of WorldWind platform.
    • Possible improvements for user-experience in the built visualization.
    • Preferred Qualifications:
      • Web Design skills (html, javascript, css)
      • Backend skills (Databases and Cache: SQL) Cloud Computing (Kubernetes)
      • Programming Language including but not limited to Python and/or Java.
  • Post-Wildfire Flooding in the area of high performance computing. The objective of this internship is to develop a fine-tuned precipitation dataset from a new generation of radar data and match its spatial and intensity patterns to nationally operational radars. The intern will:
    • Retrieve new and operational radar data
    • Pre-process both datasets.
    • Apply a statistical and/or machine learning method to adjust the distributions.
    • Measure the task success by calculating statistical metrics and visual comparisons.
    • Visualize the data in a user-friendly format.
    • Preferred Qualifications:
      • Strong mathematical and statistical skills
      • Programming languages including but not limited to Python, R, MATLAB.
      • Data visualization experience is desired.
      • Earth science background is a plus.

For more information: flyer and program descriptions for both projects. 

How to Apply

Deadline to apply: THIS OPPORTUNITY HAS CLOSED

SLI STEM Micro-Internship (winter) [CLOSED]

DEADLINE HAS CLOSED

The Foothill Science Learning Institute STEM Micro-Internship program is a paid opportunity ($1000 stipend) for Foothill College students to work closely with a mentor from a local higher education institution in a short-term, discrete research project for the winter quarter. The goals of the micro-internship are as follows: Foothill College students will

  • Gain insight into what lab and institutional research entails.
  • Work closely with a mentor to explore academic and professional goals.
  • Gain research skills such as reading scientific articles, analyzing data, benchwork, and researching databases.

Mentors are recruited from local universities such as Stanford and UC Santa Cruz and are graduate students, post doctorate fellows, and staff who have all made a commitment to mentor a student for a quarter (11 weeks), supporting them in a short-term research project that relates to their work.

Foothill Student Commitment

(for currently enrolled STEM Foothill students)

  • Commit 6 – 7 hours a week for 11 weeks, engaging in the research project outlined by the mentor, attending lab meetings, and engaging in other activities laid out by the mentor.
  • Attend a program orientation the first week of winter quarter.
  • Sign up for an ITRN course to obtain credits for the internship. The course tuition is covered by SLI. The course involves assignments that relate to the internship, including evaluation forms, weekly reflections, and a final report.
  • Attend a biweekly cohort seminar for all interns on professional development topics. These will be on Zoom.
  • Plan for and deliver a final presentation at the end of the 11 week internship.
  • Students will be asked to submit an application to Foothill College’s Research and Service Leadership Symposium which is held in May 2022. The application deadline is usually in March.
  • A more detailed list of expectations is outlined in a separate document for students.
  • Deadline is closed

Student Eligibility

  • Enrolled in at least 6 units for fall at Foothill and planning on taking at least 6 units for the winter at Foothill as well. 
  • Interested in STEM. 
  • Priority given to students who demonstrate financial need, have not had previous internship, are aiming to transfer, and are first time degree earners.

Student Application Process

  1. Review the Project and Mentor Catalog to choose which project(s) you would be interested in working on. Pay close attention to the "required skills" that each mentor is looking for. 
  2. Go to the student application and fill it out completely. 
  3. Deadline is closed.

Project and Mentor Catalog

FAQ (being updated regularly)

Mentor Commitment

(for grad students, post-doc fellows, research institution staff)

  • Commit 3 – 4 hours a week for 11 weeks, setting students up for success and also supporting their overall professional development and growth.
  • Support students in putting together a final presentation (most likely on Zoom) of their internship experience.
  • Respond to emails from Foothill SLI program staff checking in throughout the quarter. These will involve weekly updates (as applicable) as well as requests for status reports every other week.
  • Attend a program orientation the first week of winter quarter.
  • Attend a final presentation, tentatively scheduled for Friday, 3/18/21 in the afternoon.
  • Complete evaluation forms per requirements of an internship class that students take alongside the internship placement.
  • Students will be asked to submit an application to Foothill College’s Research and Service Leadership Symposium which is held in May 2022. The application deadline is usually in March. We ask the mentors to support students in the application and if a student’s application is accepted, you have the option to continue to support the student in preparing for the presentation in May – THIS WOULD BE OPTIONAL and outside the scope of this program.

Mentor Application has closed

Overall Process

  1. Mentors will submit applications describing their proposed project along with desired student qualifications by Sunday, 10/24/21. The applications will be reviewed by the Foothill SLI staff and then added to the student recruitment materials and application process.
  2. Foothill students will apply and select their top choices of work they would like to be involved with by Sunday, 11/28/21 (date has been extended).
  3. Mentors will be given the option to review student applications to pick whom they would like to work with OR give the decision-making authority to the Foothill SLI staff.
  4. Once the students are selected and accept the offer, a program orientation will happen the first week of the program, early in the week of January 3.
  5. The program will start the week of January 3rd
    with the matches meeting right away.

 Program Overview for More information

Past School Year Opportunities

These are examples of school year internships that have been provided by the Science Learning Institute. 

Foothill-Stanford Bioresearch Internship (winter 2021)

SLI partnered with biology labs at Stanford University to launch this pilot internship program in winter 2021.

Students were partnered with a graduate or post-doctoral mentor and commited five hours a week in a virtual internship, working on independent projects under the guidance of the mentor.

Students received a $500 stipend and also attended biweekly cohort seminars to learn about topics such as applying to graduate school and careers in biology/ science.

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Questions?
Please email me!

Sophia Kim, Director Science Learning Institute

kimsophia@fhda.edu


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