STEMid — 2012 First Round Winner

Students looking for STEM internships, either for the summer or an academic semester, currently have no easy way to search for them. A student leaning toward a computer science major at MIT, for example, would have to look up individual university websites and individual company websites to find a CS internship opportunity. Once students have manually found links to these internship listings, they then submit separate applications to the various program coordinators. The problem now is that seeking out STEM internship opportunities is rather like trying to find a needle in several haystacks. It is a tedious, time-consuming and highly serendipitous process. Currently, there isn’t a single web portal that aggregates all possible STEM internships from small startups to large biotech firms to universities to government agencies like NASA.

STEMid (STEM internship database) is a web platform that aggregates STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) internship listings scattered across the internet with a web 2.0 user interface. It seeks to be a two-sided portal connecting students and applicants to STEM internship providers, while streamlining the application process. For students, STEMid offers tools to save and compare positions, filters (location, research topic and level) and ways to keep track of application deadlines. For internship providers, both academic and commercial, STEMid enables administrators to post internship listings and integrate the database with their own internal IT systems, thus offering a way to manage their listings in real-time.

Team: Ignatius Chen ’13, Melissa Choi, Roodolph St. Pierre and Marc-Dannie.

Source: Chen, I. (2012). STEMid

Tango — 2012 First Round Winner

Tango is an academic network that connects students to classmates from the start during class registration. On Tango, you can pick your current classes or future classes you’re interested in and see potential classmates and teammates also considering similar classes. This lowers a lot of market inefficiencies and barriers to catch missed connections to possible study groups or project teammates. Furthermore, academic planning at MIT can often be daunting and filled with second-guessing. Tango helps students find upperclassmen who’ve been through similar situations. Each course page has an open Q/A forum where students can find answers to class-related questions and critical advices from veterans. Your social network shouldn’t simply be defined by classes at MIT but neither should they be limited by the same classes. Our platform also helps friends plan regular meet-ups like lunch or study-sessions by mapping out their class locations on campus throughout the week, allowing them to figure out a common meeting place.

Team: Ray Li ’12, Jessica Lin ’12, Sarah Rumbley ’12.

Source: Li, R. (2012). Tango