Computer Science Instructor – Summer 2020 (Remote), Juni Learning
Opportunity expires May 31, 2020
Do you love working with kids and inspiring the next generation of engineers, designers, and builders? Instructors at Juni Learning work directly with students ages 8-18 by teaching weekly, online coding classes. All classes are taught remotely, using the curriculum and digital tools developed by Juni. We’ve designed the instructor role to be a flexible part-time position. Instructors can set their availability and generally work with their students at a regular time, once or twice a week. We expect a minimum commitment of teaching 8 hours per week and a commitment through Summer 2020 (teaching at least until your Fall semester).
Game Localization Project Management Internship (Remote), LAI Global Game Services
Opportunity expires May 31, 2020
Language Automation, Inc. is a technical translation and localization company specializing in the video game and visual effects markets. We are pleased to offer a project management internship for Summer 2020.
We offer a small company atmosphere that is both informal and fun, supportive and enlightened. Professionalism, excellence and enthusiasm are our guiding principles. The successful candidate should have excellent organizational and analytical skills, a strong client focus, superb attention to detail and an outstanding process-oriented perspective on the overall localization workflow. Knowledge of the worldwide game market and key aspects of the game localization process are a plus.
Wildlife and Plant Conservation Intern, Mass Audubon, Lenox, Massachusetts
Opportunity expires June 1, 2020
Mass Audubon’s Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries encompass nearly 3000 acres of ecologically diverse conservation land. Wildlife and plant conservation interns work as part of a dynamic team of staff and interns who support conservation efforts on several wildlife sanctuaries. Interns contribute to projects in their focus area as well teaming up on projects that cross disciplines with our education and property stewardship programs.
RF Engineering Internship – Summer 2020, CACI, Sterling, Virginia
Opportunity expires June 7, 2020
The commitment of our employees to “Engineering Results” is the catalyst that has propelled BITS to becoming a leader in software development, R&D, sensor development and signal processing. Our engineering teams are highly adept at solving complex problems with the application of leading-edge technology solutions, empowering decision-makers to make better mission-critical decisions. Our operational team excels at signal collection, processing and analysis. We have operational personnel stationed around the world in support of our customers’ missions. The ideal candidate should have strong academic credentials and experience in working in a teamwork environment, having not only academic, but also interpersonal skills to help optimize our teams. The single most important attribute is an inquisitive nature and a strong desire to learn real world applications to compliment your academic experience. Familiarity with hardware or software tools should be at a level that is appropriate for your academic level.
Clinical Research Internship Summer 2020, Nathan Kline Institute, Orangeburg, NY
Opportunity expires June 15, 2020
This internship includes the opportunity to assist with implementation and data management across several ongoing clinical research studies. For example, the NKI-Rockland Sample Initiative (NKI-RSI) is a large-scale research program focused on understanding brain maturation and brain health, and mental health relationships across the lifespan utilizing innovative MRI-based imaging approaches and in-depth clinical research assessments. We also conduct clinical trials that examine therapeutics targeting symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), depression, and schizophrenia.
Teaching Assistant – Computer Science, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (Pennsylvania, New York and Southern California)
Opportunity expires June 18, 2020
The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) is seeking teaching assistants for our rigorous summer classes. Most of our current open positions are located in Pennsylvania, New York and Southern California. Room and board are provided for all staff. CTY offers challenging summer academic programs for middle and high school students from across the country and around the world.
By Irene Klotz May 27, 2020
Barring poor weather or last-minute technical glitches, shortly after 4:30 P.M. Eastern time today, a spaceship carrying two crew members will blast off on a rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The flight will be bound for the International Space Station (ISS), but its true destination is the annals of space history: it will be the first time that U.S. astronauts have been launched from American soil since the final flight of the space shuttle program in 2011—and that anyone has flown to space using a commercially built crew capsule and rocket.
Much changed after humans last flew to space from the nation. Most obviously, the U.S.’s relations with Russia have frayed, although both countries have isolated their space program from politics. And they have continued a strong partnership to fly NASA astronauts to the ISS onboard Russian Soyuz rockets. Life-protecting pressurized suits have changed, too: The new flight’s two astronauts, NASA veterans Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, will not wear the fluorescent orange ensembles of the space shuttle era. Instead they will be clad in sleek, monochrome one-piece outfits that are lighter-weight, more maneuverable and much better looking. The suits, like the mission’s Crew Dragon capsule and reusable Falcon 9 rocket, were designed and manufactured by aerospace company SpaceX. Gone, too, are the old-fashioned “Astrovans”—souped-up motor homes that transferred NASA astronauts from crew quarters to the launchpad for most of the past half-century. To reach the rocket for this Demonstration Mission 2 (Demo-2) test flight, Behnken and Hurley will ride in style within an all-electric Model X sport utility vehicle provided by SpaceX’s sister company Tesla.
Such is the new era of American spaceflight, in which the federal government seeks cheaper, safer and more reliable access to orbit not by directly building and operating fleets of spaceships and rockets but rather by spending tax dollars on launch services provided by private companies. All previous human spaceflight programs have been based on systems developed, owned and run by government space agencies. Now, via its Commercial Crew program—which is itself a follow-on to the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program initiated in the mid-2000s—NASA is instead buying seats and stowage on SpaceX assets. That strategy should free up funds for the agency to spend on other projects—deep-space exploration and transformative science missions—which presently remain out of reach for private enterprise.
The hope is that federal investment in low-cost, reliable and safe space transportation will spur rapid innovation and create entirely new opportunities for economic growth. The approach has an antecedent in the development of the commercial satellite industry, which, as of 2019, is worth more than $277 billion, in large part because of initial phases of robust governmental financial support. “The Commercial Crew program has been a great experiment by NASA to see if commercial companies can do this particular job,” says Wayne Hale, a former shuttle program manager who now serves as a consultant engineering firm Special Aerospace Services.
NASA has pumped more than $8.2 billion into the Commercial Crew program since its inception in 2010. Most of those funds have gone to Boeing and SpaceX, which were each awarded development and flight-service contracts in 2014. This commercial partnership approach, says NASA’s commercial spaceflight director Phil McAlister, has saved the agency some $20 billion to $30 billion that it would have had to otherwise spend developing new human-rated rockets and spacecraft under traditional contracting methods.
With summer internships and jobs nearly here, the Peer Career Advisors from the CCI want to do more than just help students find summer opportunities. After committing to an internship, the time to shine is still ahead. We want all students to have the best opportunity to succeed to the best of their ability in their internships this summer, so we compiled a list of 10 things that can help you through your summer experience. Here are some tips from the senior PCAs Mia Grayson, Hannah McKenzie, Ivy Yang, and Clayton Read.
1. Develop New Skills
Starting a new internship will always bring about a new set of knowledge and skills that you didn’t previously have. Many times, it’s the challenging aspects of our internship that teach us the most and make us more prepared for future endeavors. Take advantage of the new problem-solving skills that you’ll need to complete tasks remotely. Perfect how you present yourself in a virtual setting. Try your best to work on your interpersonal skills even through a screen.
2. Stay Professional
Though your internship may be virtual, that doesn’t mean you should take it any less seriously than an in-person opportunity. Even if “showing up” to work each day means walking only a few steps to your desk area, make sure your space is organized and mature for those inevitable Zoom meetings. This might involve making your bed (if you’re working from a bedroom) or temporarily removing those distracting posters from the wall. In addition, you should dress for work each day as if you’re going into the office. You will impress colleagues with this level of professionalism. These measures also show that you’re not taking the opportunity for granted—that you’re fully invested in your work and ready to succeed in any environment.
3. Be Positive and Stay Open-Minded
This summer will not be what anyone thought it was going to be, and internships are sometimes different from what we expected even when everything goes as planned. So, it’s important to think positively and stay open-minded. Approach every task you’re given as an opportunity to learn something new or to challenge yourself. Being an adaptable and cheerful colleague will make you a really valuable employee. Plus, staying positive will make your days more enjoyable and will help you make the most of this experience.
4. Communicate, Communicate, Communicate!
Especially with most internships being virtual, this point becomes even more important for this summer. When you are working for the first time in a professional environment, almost everything is going to seem foreign to you. One of the things that you have to get good at is communicating – communicating when you need help, when you finish your work, when you have extra time to help, etc. Overcommunicating early keeps you and your team on the same page and shows them that they can trust you to be accountable and responsible for your work. For this summer, this will likely be even more important since things will be remote. Being prompt and timely about sending and receiving emails will be key.
5. Always Triple-Check Your Work
If you will be working in a busy environment and you are working a lot, chances are you will have a lot of deadlines you need to meet. Just because it is fast paced though does not mean you should not look over your finished product to check for errors. Be sure to triple check your work before turning it in. Mistakes are inevitable, and even more so in an internship, but taking the time to look over your work for mistakes will help you find errors and, in turn, build trust from your team. It’s a good idea to even have someone else look at your work if you have time. This goes for emails you will be sending too.
6. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
When you get to a portion of work that you cannot get past, give it a few tries, perhaps different ways and with some creative thinking. If you still are not able to move through the work, that is a good time to ask for help. The internship is an experience for you to do a lot of self-learning along with instruction, so if you cannot find a solution after a few tries, that is the time to ask for guidance.
7. Be Proactive
Once you finish a task and you have nothing to left to do, it becomes a great time to ask how you can help a coworker with their work. This is a way to build trust and appreciation among you and your coworkers. If there is something that you can anticipate needing to get done, this is also a great time to get started on things that will come up in the future.
8. Get Creative
If you get into a situation where you are stuck with work, try some things to get creative with it. Conversely, if you have mastered a task and you see ways that you could be more efficient in the future, that is a good time to become inventive and experiment with what works for you. Bringing your perspective to the workplace is one of the reasons that you were hired for your internship, so show your creativity where you can.
The work is important but perhaps just as important is getting to know the other people you are working with. If you have the opportunity to work in an office this summer, take time either at lunch or on coffee breaks to learn more about the people you are working with. You never know how you might become inspired through their experiences. Also, they will be able to provide you with great advice for your internship. If you will be virtual this summer, you could think about learning about your coworkers via a phone call or Zoom. Don’t be afraid to ask for some of their time.
10. Work-Life Balance
Whether you are working from home this summer or are in an office, be sure to take time for yourself. Exercise, keeping in touch with friends, and discovering local activities are all great ways to balance your work for the summer. Full workdays are exhausting so finding the time for yourself during the day is super important.
Take these tips to heart. Get ready to learn. Work hard and exceed expectations. You will be sure to thrive in your summer internship!
Clayton Read, author of this article, graduated in the Class of 2020 majoring in International Politics and Economics. He spent his junior fall in Madrid studying Spanish. At Middlebury, he was a four-year member of the Men’s Lacrosse team. After graduation, he will be starting work with Morgan Stanley in New York. Clayton enjoys skiing, reading, and travel.
Associate Software Engineering Program, Fitch Group, Chicago, IL
Opportunity expires May 29, 2020
The Enterprise Technology team is seeking new graduates to join their Associate Software Engineer Program. The 12-month rotational program will give candidates the training they need to become a successful software engineer within the Enterprise Technology team.
Fitch Groups’ Enterprise Technology team uses its technical expertise to deliver world-class and innovative solutions to its Fitch Ratings customers, providing critical information and capabilities that are used to run the business. The aim is to enable the Ratings businesses to operate more effectively, with better information, to produce the best quality ratings and research in a timely manner.
Data Associate, Amazon, Medford, MA
Opportunity expires May 29, 2020
The Alexa Data Services (ADS) organization provides data creation, curation, and analytics services to help develop, test, and train the Alexa AI. We work closely with internal customers like Machine Learning Science modeling teams, providing the critical data they need to improve Alexa’s Automatic Speech Recognition and Natural Language Understanding models and domain features.
We are hiring Data Associates in our Medford, MA, location for our data team to work on transcriptions for Automatic Speech Recognition, semantic annotation for Natural Language Understanding, and dialogue evaluation for improving overall customer interaction with Alexa. You will focus on speech and language data, primarily in the areas of transcription, text annotation, and general data analysis to meet the internal customer’s request.
Software Engineering Consultant, INVENSITY, Detroit, MI
Opportunity expires May 31, 2020
We are an innovation and technology consultancy with an international orientation. We support our customers with individual solutions for technological challenges throughout the entire development process. Our customers are mainly from the high-tech industry, specially in the automotive industry in our Detroit Office.
Entry Level Software Developer, Healthcare Legal Solutions, Washington, DC
Opportunity expires May 31, 2020
Healthcare Legal Solutions, LLC, is a healthcare collections firm that provides denial management, consulting, and corporate collections services to hospitals and health systems. We are a small, fast-growing firm with lots of opportunities for new employees to prove themselves and a great team culture.
Research Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
Opportunity expires July 19, 2020
Berkeley’s Lab Biological Systems and Engineering Division has an opening for a Research Associate. The Research Associate will support scientists and senior research associates involved in genetic engineering, functional genomics, control of gene expression, studies of heterochromatin, characterization of cDNAs, sequencing and high-throughput production of proteomics resources. The successful candidate will perform semi-routine research assignments including molecular biological procedures, data collection, and processing of data along with minimal analysis, and sample preparation.
Associate Computational Biologist I– MGH- Single Cell Genomics Research- Villani Lab, Boston, MA
Opportunity expires July 31, 2020
This position offers the opportunity to employ the cutting-edge of computational biology, machine learning, and statistical research to solve important problems in health and disease related to the human immune system, autoimmune diseases, and cancer. Single cell genomics is revolutionizing our understanding of biology–from redefining our understanding of the types of cells, a fundamental unit in biology, to translating this knowledge to better understand disease phenotypes and the implications of this to therapeutics. We are looking for a highly motivated and talented individual with a computational background to join our efforts. This position represents an exciting opportunity to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team of biologists, laboratory scientists, computational biologists, and physicians working together on transformative translational efforts that are bridging between the clinical and research interfaces. Our research program is developing and implementing unbiased experimental and computational strategies that can directly survey the human immune system in order to define at high resolution the key processes and players underlying healthy human immune responses as a foundation for understanding how immunity is dysregulated in diseases.
Research Associate, Columbia University, Department of Neuroscience, New York, NY
Opportunity expires August 3, 2020
Dr. Richard Axel’s laboratory is seeking a research assistant position to assist with a project studying cognition and curiosity-like behavior in mice. The incumbent will manage day-to-day animal training in cognitive tasks under the close supervision and mentorship of a postdoctoral researcher. This position offers the opportunity to gain training and research experience in systems neuroscience in a cutting-edge research environment.
By Caroline Ceniza-Levine May 16, 2020
What happens to recent graduates if job supply decreases? –Gabriela, Class of 2020, Masters of International Marketing
If you’re a recent graduate and eyeing the dismal unemployment figures (worst since the Great Depression!), stop doing that. There are more important numbers to track than general job market statistics (I list 10 such numbers here, such as specific news about markets you are interested in). Similarly, Gabriela asks about the fate of recent graduates in general, but I recommend that she focuses on her prospects specifically.
I don’t mean to encourage everyone-for-themselves thinking, but when you’re starting out in your career, the first hire you should be worried about is your own. This ensures that you take on something doable (i.e., land one job) and not something too overwhelming (i.e., saving the world). When you are gainfully employed, you have more bandwidth to contribute–referring leads to others, volunteering with your alma mater to help younger classes, mentoring others, etc.
Whether you are graduating into a bad job market or the best market in years, there is always hiring happening somewhere, and there is a lot you can do to help yourself to get hired. Here are 10 job search tips for recent grads:
1- Get your mindset ready for a job search
Spending too much time belaboring the bad market news doesn’t just take your eye off the other, more helpful data, but it also pries you to expect the worst. Every job search has down moments–your application doesn’t get a response, your networking invite is declined, your interview doesn’t lead to a callback. I don’t know a single candidate who has had a seamlessly positive job search–this is from 20+ years of recruiting, including hiring thousands of interns and recent graduates as Head of Campus Recruiting for a global media company. There will be ups and downs–pandemic or not–so be prepared for some discomfort but be confident that you’ll persevere to a happy outcome.
2- Treat your job search like your first job
If you graduated without an offer in hand, your job search is your first job. Spend the 40 hours a week you would have reported to the office to work on your job search–reading up on your areas of interest, researching specific companies, applying to job opportunities, networking with people, updating your marketing material, etc. There is a lot to do for your job search (here are seven suggestions for items to prepare), so don’t wait too long to get started. You might get complacent and lose the enthusiasm and urgency to land a job. You also might let too much time go by, realize your savings are dwindling (or your parents’ patience is running thin) and then feel like you have to land in a hurry.
3- Control what you can control
Knowing there will be ups and downs, you can’t control for a positive outcome every time, but you can control that you put yourself out there and that you showcased yourself in the best possible light. So instead of focusing on how many companies called you in, focus on how many applications you sent out. Instead of focusing on how many people referred you, focus on the number of people you contacted. You can’t fully control the result, but you can control your effort. Your efforts are the metric that you should track.
4- Go broad with your options
Always have multiple leads in play, especially in a down market where you can’t be sure who is hiring, how many jobs, and how quickly. Companies may have old postings up there where budget has actually disappeared. Or a company may have openings but hasn’t posted anything because they’re so short-staffed because of the pandemic. In a down market, recruiting can be chaotic, so you need to cast a wide net. Go after several industries, multiple companies, even multiple roles. Sure, you might have a dream job at a dream company in mind, and you should go for that. But be open to other possibilities as well.
5- Go deep with your research
While you’re going broad with your options, you still want to go deep with your research and know enough about companies and roles you’re applying for. The best applications are targeted to a specific opportunity–with relevant keywords and examples. The best interviews are when the candidate can position their background to what the company and the job opening require. You need deep research to tailor your job search activity effectively.
6- Be prepared to answer the obvious
Why should I hire you? What do you want? Why do you want to work here? The vetting process will not be easier for you because it’s an entry-level role. Employers still want to know that you are qualified, that you will be enthusiastic about the work, and that you will be enthusiastic about working with them specifically.
7- Lean into your network (yes, you have one!)
Your classmates, your professors, your office of career services, your parents’ connections–you have a significant network. Word-of-mouth referral is significant, even for experienced professionals who have an established track record from previous jobs. As a recent graduate, you don’t have much of a track record (though internships, part-time jobs, and volunteer work do make a difference). Therefore, you want to maximize introductions, referrals, and references that you can get from people who already know, like, and trust you. Remember to reciprocate as you hear of leads and especially when you land!
8- Measure your progress and course-correct as needed
As you get your job search going, your results are in your efforts–the number of networking outreach attempts, the number of initial interview meetings. However, as your search extends, those initial efforts should yield additional results that track progress–the number of leads that come out of networking, the number of callbacks that come from the initial interviews. Your search should be leading to job offers ultimately, and if you’re finding that you’re sending out applications but not getting called in, or getting one meeting but no more, you need to course correct as needed.
9- Be willing to redo and reconsider
If your search is stuck, you need to change something. If you are getting leads to jobs that don’t interest you, you may need to be clearer about what you’re looking for. Or maybe your LinkedIn or résumé needs to change. If you are getting that first meeting but no callbacks, you need to brush up on your interview technique. Your progress is market feedback on what’s working. Until you have a job, stay open-minded and curious about what changes to your job search technique.
10- Celebrate every win
Keep a journal that documents al the work you’re putting in, and every call and meeting you schedule. Your effort should be celebrated. Small wins along the way, like that networking invite accepted, also count. This is part of measuring progress, but it’s also about building confidence and keeping a positive outlook, both of which are critical in your job search. In a down market, your employer contacts are probably anxious about their own jobs. If you’re a joy to interact with, that’s a competitive advantage.
Now that the semester is over, you’re probably wondering what you’re going to be doing with all your free time. You could watch some more Netflix, but your parents will probably tell you to get off the couch. You’d rather stay on the couch. Solution: watch something educational on Kanopy.
Did you know that Middlebury libraries provide students with access to the ‘academic version of Netflix’? Well, if you didn’t, you do now. It’s called Kanopy, and it gives you access to tons of documentaries and movies that you can stream even while you’re off campus. Just follow this link to sign up using your Middlebury email address to start watching!
I’ve compiled a list of the most popular STEM Kanopy offerings to get you started.
The Rise and Fall of Compaq Computers (2016)
Three friends dream up the Compaq portable computer at a Texas diner in 1981, and soon find themselves battling the mighty IBM for PC supremacy. Their improbable journey altered the future of computing and shaped the world we now know.
Winner of the Special Jury Prize-New Jersey Films Competition for Archival Filmmaking at the Montclair Film Festival.
How Humans Have Impacted the Planet (2019)
A stunning sensory experience and cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH is a years-in-the-making feature documentary from the award-winning team behind Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark and is narrated by Alicia Vikander. The film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group, who, after nearly 10 years of research, argue that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the ANTHROPOCENE EPOCH in the mid-twentieth century as a result of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth.
Nominated for Best Canadian Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival. Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival.
In 1942 a secret U.S. military program was launched to recruit women to the war effort. But unlike the efforts to recruit Rosie the Riveter to the factory, this clandestine search targeted female mathematicians who would become human ‘computers’ for the U.S. Army. From the bombing of Axis Europe to the assaults on Japanese strongholds, women worked around-the-clock six days a week, creating ballistics tables that proved crucial to Allied success. Rosie made the weapons, but the female computers made them accurate. When the first electronic computer (ENIAC) was developed to aid the Army’s calculation efforts, six of these women were tapped to become its first programmers.
Top Secret Rosies is the as-yet-untold story of women and technology that helped win a war and usher in the modern computer age. This is the chronicle of four very different women who worked as human computers at the University of Pennsylvania from 1942-1946. Capturing the opportunities and exhilaration of the times and exploring the moral dilemmas inherent in their work, Top Secret Rosies follows their efforts as they labored night and day to create the mathematical computations that made every Allied bomb and bullet more deadly.
Join astrophysicist and novelist Janna Levin on a mind-blowing voyage to the frontiers of black hole science, which is shining new light on the most powerful and mysterious objects in the universe.
The Impact of Technological Advances on Human Life (2015)
‘What is humanity?’ In this revealing documentary, world experts in the fields of Futurology, Anthropology, Neuroscience, and Philosophy consider the impact of technological advances on the two certainties of human life: Work and Death. Charting human developments from Homo Habilis, past the Industrial Revolution, to the digital age and beyond, THE FUTURE OF WORK AN DEATH looks at the shocking exponential rate at which mankind has managed to create technologies to ease the process of living.
As we embark on the next phase of our adaptation, with automation and Artificial Intelligence signifying the complete move from man to machine, this film asks what the implications are for the human purposeful fulfillment, making money, and ageless immortality. In its combination of archival footage, infographics, and interviews, directors Sean Blacknell and Wayne Walsh’s debut feature gives us a provoking and shockingly realistic look into the future of human life.
From science to sales, from sociology to sports, data analytics is unraveling the fascinating secrets hidden in numbers, patterns, relationships, and information of every kind. Get introduced to the key concepts, methods, and accomplishments of this versatile approach to problem solving. See the big picture of big data and the crucial role in data analytics.
Full-Stack Engineering Intern, The Tuesday Company
Opportunity expires May 22, 2020
Frontend Developer Internship, GrowSquares
Opportunity expires May 24, 2020
You’ll be joining a growing team in a fast paced, highly rewarding environment. Working alongside other developers, designers and data scientists. We’re looking for someone with: knowledge of hands-on experience in Web Development or Software engineering; experience with HTML, CSS, JS; proficiency with at least one popular front-end framework.
Opportunity expires May 28, 2020
We are an innovation technology company launching a new innovative app. Over the summer, get a chance to work on developing a new app. Be part of a team that investigates the market and designs cutting-edge technology. Get experience turning design into actual software. Some things you may be involved with is agile development, user testing, and writing code.
Data Analytics Internship, Design Museum Foundation
Opportunity expires May 29, 2020
Design Museum Foundation is seeking a Data Analytics intern to work alongside our fundraising efforts. This position requires strong skills for database management, the ability to complete research for various opportunities, and excellent writing and interpersonal skills.
Scientist Intern-Spacecraft Propulsion, Charles River Analytics
Opportunity expires June 1, 2020
This summer, we are looking for enthusiastic Scientist Interns for our Sensing, Perception, and Applied Robotics division. We are seeking students with an interest in innovative technology and spacecraft propulsion.
You will be working in a small agile group to deliver, test, and ship software and learn the ropes to be a contributing member of a research and development team.
Software Engineering Internship, Teamworthy Ventures
Opportunity expires June 1, 2020
We are looking for entrepreneurial computer science students and talented student software engineers to join our investment team to help us as we continue to add new capabilities to our internal research platform and tools. We invest in software and software-enabled services businesses with a strong interest in developer tools, APIs, and platform businesses. During the summer you, will work closely with our partners to prioritize and create new internal products.
Entrepreneurial Software Project Manager, The Brookeside Group, Inc.
Opportunity expires June 15, 2020
We are looking for a Product Manager for our Encompass-CX product, a SaaS-based Customer Experience platform. Encompass-CX collects, measures, and analyzes all the touchpoints in a client’s lifecycle, and by measuring these touchpoints we provide clarity into client health and drive client retention and loyalty.
Software Developer/Machine Learning + Artificial Intelligence Intern, GOALOOP-Connecting the World through Goals
Opportunity expires August 7, 2020
We recently reached Goaloop’s beta launch and are gearing up for an exciting year ahead! Join us and become important members of our small, innovative team. We are seeking two Software Developer Interns to work with our Chief Information Officer, who received his PhD in Computer Science from Columbia University, and our expert hands-on Director of Engineering, who has been a hands-on developer for 24 years.
Data Analyst Intern, Global Nomads Group
Opportunity expires August 31, 2020
As a Data Analyst intern at Global Nomads Group, you will work closely with the Programs team to provide them with evidence-based insights, reports, and dashboards. You will work to understand the opportunities for analysis, and also respond to requests for specific reports. As part of a growing data team at the organization, you will be building out tools, reports, and methods that will serve as an exemplar in the virtual exchange field.
COVID-19 is much less severe in children, and it could have to do with a child’s still-developing immune system.
By Sarah Zhang May 15, 2020
Only after New York City passed its current coronavirus peak did pediatricians notice a striking, new pattern: Dozens of kids who had been exposed to COVID-19 were coming in sick, but they weren’t coughing. They didn’t have severe respiratory distress. Instead, they had sky-high inflammation and some combination of fever, rashes on their hands and feet, diarrhea, vomiting, and very low blood pressure. When ICU doctors around the world gathered for a weekly online COVID-19 call on May 2, doctors elsewhere began sharing similar observations. “The tenor of the meeting completely changed,” says Steven Kernie, the chief of critical-care medicine at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, who was on the call.
Until then, the news about children and COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, had been largely good: Kids can get seriously sick, but they rarely do. They can spread the disease, but they do it less than adults. Study after study–in China, Iceland, Australia, Italy, and the Netherlands–has found children get less sick and are less contagious.
But a very small number of children seem to have a delayed reaction to the novel coronavirus–one that takes many weeks to manifest. What pediatricians first saw in Europe and New York is now named “pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome” (PMIS) or, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children.” Since the New York City Health Department issues an alert on May 4, 82 such cases have been confirmed in the city. Most patients have recovered or are recovering, but one child has died. Across the country, doctors are finding similar cases. PMIS does seem to be a phenomenon unique to kids.
But the virus is the same, whether it infects adult or child. The question is, why does COVID-19 affect them so differently? Both striking patterns in kids–the fact that most do not get very sick but a small number still end up with a delayed inflammation syndrome–may be rooted in a child’s still-developing system. And although COVID-19 is a new disease, these patterns are seen with other viruses too.
Immune systems change with age, becoming weaker or stronger in different ways. An adult’s body might be better armed against familiar threats, but more inflexible against novel ones. The two human viruses most closely related to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 are the ones behind SARS and MERS–both also coronaviruses, a large family that infects many animal species. SARS likely jumped from bats to civet cats to humans in 2002, and MERS from camels to humans in 2012. Both have a much higher fatality rate than COVID-19 and neither exploded into a pandemic on the current scale, giving us smaller numbers from which to draw conclusions. Still, they too seemed to have largely spared children.
Like COVID-19, SARS and MERS were caused by viruses entirely new to humans, and adult immune systems were unused to dealing with entirely new viruses. By and large, the ones that sicken adults year after year are altered versions of viruses they’ve encountered before, such as seasonal flu. Children, on the other hand, are constantly dealing with viruses that are not necessarily novel but are novel to them. “Everything an infant sees, or a young child sees, is new,” says Donna Farber, an immunologist at Columbia University. Thus, their immune system is primed to fight new pathogens in a number of ways.
Babies are born, for example, with a complete repertoire of immune cells called T cells. Every T cell has a unique receptor, and taken together, the pool of millions of T cells can recognize virtually any hypothetical pathogen. As the child begins encountering pathogens, though, their immune system winnows this diverse repertoire. It keeps the T cells involved in fighting off pathogens as a pre-stocked arsenal of “memory T cells,” should those pathogens appear again, but it begins losing the others. This is why adults are able to mount a rapid immune response to previously encountered pathogens, but also why they might have trouble fighting a new one. Diseases such as rubella and chicken pox are also, for various reasons, more severe in adults than in children. The pattern with seasonal flu is different, Farber says, but that may be because immunity against previousu strains of the flu offer some crossover protection in adults.
The same may actually be true for coronaviruses, too, only in children. Another hypothesis for why most kids are spared is that they are frequently infected with the four coronaviruses that cause some common colds. They cold coronaviruses are not as closely related to COVID-19 as SARS or MERS, but they still share some similarities. Immunity against these cold coronaviruses wanes over time, so children who have been recently exposed might have some protection that adults don’t.
Yet another hypothesis has to do with the receptor ACE2, which the new coronavirus uses to enter a cell. The number of ACE2 receptors in the lungs seems to decrease with age, at least according to data in rats. Why would having more ACE2 decrease the severity of COVID-19? No one is quite sure, but ACE2 also seems to have other functions in the body linked to decreased inflammation and scarring, which may protect against severe disease. And in fact, viral infection decreases levels of ACE2. “It’s not going to be as black-and-white as more receptors equal more virus infection, simply because this receptor does other things in the body,” says Kirsty Short, a virologist at the University of Queensland. The story is rather complicated–and illustrative of how science is only starting to understand the virus behind COVID-19.
MiddCORE is on, remotely! Summer 2020. Application deadline extended.
You can still have an impactful summer with what is in store for you. No textbook will teach you this kind of problem solving: Work, chat, and engage remotely with industry experts from around the world giving first-hand insight into leadership, innovation, and persuasive communication.
You will have a combination of small group sessions with mentors, prerecorded sessions, podcasts, community building reflections, and collaborate with peers, all delivered online. Synchronous classes will happen between 10 a.m.–2 p.m EDT. Monday–Friday with some additional meeting times outside these hours.
MiddCORE Remote: June 1-June 26, 2020
$3,500 merit-based scholarships available
Additional need-based financial aid available
MiddCORE had heard from many students about their summers being uncertain and have had requests to extend the MiddCORE deadline. They will accept applications on a rolling bases until May 18.
Middlebury has partnered with Scouted – a job matching platform that helps college students and recent graduates find great jobs based on who they are, not just how they look on paper. Here is a sampling of what you’ll find in Scouted:
- Venture Firm Operations Intern at Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator in New York, NY
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- Investment Banking Analyst (Intern-to-Perm) at RJM & Co. in Kansas City, MO
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