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