PoNG Summer Internship Program 2020
The PoNG Center is a collaborative research center at UCSD that combines neuroscience, cognitive science, the digital arts, and education to develop and deliver a variety of interactive, sensor-based tools and games. Our group and collaborators create video games for assessment and therapeutics often using technology for motion capture or other physiological data sensing.
Who Do We Seek?
We seek to directly engage a group of 25 individuals who are underrepresented in the Tech workforce--individuals with developmental disorders, specifically Autism Spectrum Disorders--in an 8-week summer internship program. We expect the individuals to be high school graduates who are either preparing to enroll, are currently enrolled, or have graduated from 2- to 4-year college or post-secondary training school. Interns will receive a stipend for the 8-week program.
What Will You Gain?
Participants will gain experience working together in small teams on a video game design project with the guidance and support of a coach. High school graduates and individuals already taking community college courses will be given the opportunity to learn the skills needed for the more rigorous demands of a university degree program. Specifically, skills related to time management, focused note-taking, and study techniques, and professor/student communication. College and post-secondary graduates will gain an opportunity to strengthen their technical skills and familiarize themselves with workplace etiquette and expectations.
Gain knowledge of standard Tech workplace practices and procedures.
Learn skills and become familiar with different aspects of video game design and development.
Develop proficiency with resume and network-building tools such as LinkedIn.
It is expected that all interns engage in their assigned project on the UC San Diego campus for at least 20 hours per week for the 8-week program. This will include weekly group meetings, 3 lunch and learn events, and a final showcase event where each group presents their project.
Who Can Apply?
Highly motivated high school graduates, college students, or recent college graduates may apply. Please note that applicants must be at least 18 years of age before the start of their internship. The two primary criteria for admission are a strong interest in video game design or development applied to a research setting, and a longstanding personal understanding of autism spectrum disorders and living with neurodiverse conditions.
Candidates will be selected based on qualifications and interest in the program.
- Application (online): https://ucsd.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_00WEP26inVErbmt/ or QR Code
After all applications have been reviewed, individuals whose interests and coursework/experience match the PoNG Center internship program will be offered positions. Program directors may contact applicants first for a brief telephone or video interview prior to the final decision.
*Required - UPLOAD a resume including previous work experience and previous video game design or development experience (including independent projects, art, animation, music, etc.)
Should include a 250 word essay on why you would like this opportunity and what you would like to gain out of this internship.
Should include a second 250 word essay on how you think video games can enhance research.
**Deadline for the Internship Application is March 15th, 2020.**