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Internships

A selection of summer internships in Human-Computer Interaction and related fields.

About this Resource

Summer internships fuse connections between academia and industry, and enable HCI students to gain valuable real-world experience. The list below represents a sampling of positions advertised in 2013. Composing a complete list of open positions is not our intent; rather, this list should serve as a starting point for students who are curious about the types of internships available and common organizations that host summer interns. 

Do you know of a good internship to add? Please send an email including a link to a formal internship description to hci-education@acm.org. 

2014 Internships

       Adobe Research

About the internships: At least 47 positions advertised. Topical keywords include: graphics, vision, photography, data-driven design, human-computer interaction, computational design, games, simulation, control, recognition, rendering, software development tools, visualization, machine learning, semantic analysis, visual search, deep learning, cloud computing, data mining, predictive analysis, procedural modeling... 
Location: USA: Cambridge, MA; Seattle, WA; San Francisco, CA; San Jose, CA 
Level of Education:PhD students
Additional Information: Adobe coordinates internships by mentors; a recent list can be found here. To apply for a position, email <researcher-name>@adobe.com. 

 

       Amazon Research

About the internshipsHosted by the Universal Shopping Experience (USX) Group. Topical keywords include: human-computer interaction, information visualization, computer and 3D graphics, machine learning, crowdsourcing, design, augmented reality, wearables, NUI, mobile devices, Internet-of-Things. One key deliverable is to create a concept prototype that can inspire a real product at Amazon (as opposed to writing a research paper).  
LocationSeattle, WA, USA
Level of EducationGraduate level
Additional InformationTo apply, please send an email with a small paragraph stating why you would like to work with us and a copy of your most current resume to gonzalor@amazon.com

 

       Autodesk Research

About the internshipsInterns collaborate with the Autodesk Research Interface Research group. Topical keywords include: software learnability, interactive tutorials, video interaction, 3D user interfaces, interactive visualizations, natural language input, mobile/wearable user interfaces, robotics and fabrication 
LocationToronto, Canada
Level of EducationPhD students
Additional Information: Internship posting can be found here 

 

       Barnes & Noble/Nook 

About the internships: The Barnes & Noble/ Nook consumer engineering department is looking for a user experience/ user interface intern to help develop new users interfaces for consumer tablets
LocationPalo Alto, CA
Level of EducationBachelors (with 2+ years' of study) or Masters students
Additional InformationInternship posting can be found here 

 

       Berkman Center for Internet & Privacy 

About the internships The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University studies issues including law, technology, innovation, and knowledge; the relationships between Internet and civic activity; and the intersection of technology, learning, and development. 2014 internships are associated with the following projects and research groups: Chilling Effects, CopyrightX, Cyberlaw Clinic, Digital Media and Communications Squad, Digital Media Law Project, Digital Problem-Solving Initiative, Freedom of Expression, Geek Cave, Internet Governance, Internet Robustness- Software Development, Harvard Open Access Project, Media Cloud- Research and Technical Development, metaLAB, Online Intermediaraies, Privacy Tools for Sharing Research Data, Student Privacy Initiative, and Youth and Media. 
Location: Cambridge, MA
Level of EducationDifferent levels of academic study including Bachelor's, Masters, Law, and PhD Programs
Additional InformationInternship posting can be found here 

 

       eBay Research

About the internships: eBay Research Labs' HCI group is searching for 2014 interns in the following areas: social behavior analysis and user modeling, linguistic behavior analysis and user modeling, mobile prototyping, mobile design, and designing data for personalization 
LocationSan Jose, CA, USA
Level of EducationGraduate students; credentials vary by position
Additional Information:  Interested applications should prepare a resume and cover letter explaining their interest in an internship in eBay Research Labs’ HCI group "to let us know why you want to work with eBay and
eBay HCI group in particular and what you will bring to our team" 

 

       Facebook

About the internships: Facebook is looking for a number of interns in computer science, human-computer interaction, and related fields. Topical keywords include: analytics; data-centered design and operations; data warehousing, reporting, and visulaization; design; hardware design; IT; infrastructure; monetization; sales; security; software engineering; systems 
Location: Menlo Park, CA, USA
Level of EducationUndergraduate, Masters, and PhD students; some technical expertise required
Additional Information Internship postings are managed through the Facebook Careers website

 

       Google Research

About the internships: Following the mantra "focus on the user and all else will follow," Google's User Experience Research group is hiring multiple summer interns to design and conduct user studies and current and future google products 
Location: Mountain View, CA, USA; additional positions in Little Rock, AK, USA
Level of EducationUndergraduate, Masters, and PhD students
Additional Information A version of the internship posting can be found here

 

       Microsoft Research 

About the internships: Instead of advertising specific projects, MSR encourages perspective interns to visit the websites of different research labs in order to identify topics of interest, and propose projects where student and researcher interests overlap. Example research topics include: human-computer interaction; machine learning; graphics and multimedia; privacy and security; information retrieval and search; algorithms and theory; architecture; distributed systems; computational biology; computer science; economics; networks; social media 
Location: Redmond, WA, USA; Mountain View, CA, USA; New York, NY, USA; Balgalore, India; Cambridge, UK; Beijing, China; Cairo, Egypt  
Level of EducationPhD candidates 
Additional InformationInternship posting can be found here 

 

       Microsoft Research New England- Social Media Collective 

About the internshipsInterested interns may collaborate with researchers or work independently. Topical keywords include: ethics; big data; algorithms; computational culture; entertainment; news; industries; audiences; frameworks for understanding digital labor; urban informatics; crisis communication; personal relationships; digital media
LocationCambridge, MA, USA
Level of EducationPhD candidates
Additional InformationInternship posting can be found here 

 

       NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab

About the internshipsNASA's Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) is looking for summer interns "to develop novel interactive visualization tools to interrogate and gain new insight from our wealth of science data." 
LocationPasadena, CA, USA
Level of EducationUndergraduate and Graduate students
Additional InformationEmail a resume, cover letter, and design portfolio (if you have one) to:hi@jpl.nasa.gov. Cover letter should explain the following:
1. Why do you want to work in visualization?
2. What visualization experience do you have?
3. What is your disciplinary background and how can it support an inter-disciplinary visualization practice?
Note: Interns must be U.S. Citizens

 

       Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 

About the internshipsThe Pacific Northwest National Laboratory partners with the Department of Health and Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate to design tools and technologies that support emergency response. For open summer internships, topical keywords include: user experience, user research, information anlaytics, design, prototype emergency operations 
Location: Richland, WA, USA
Level of EducationMasters and PhD students
Additional Information Internship postings can be found here 

 

       PARC Research

About the internshipsPARC is looking for at least 16 interns for summer 2014. Topical keywords include: relational data; statistical models; interface algorithms; machine learning; data mining; big data; social network analysis; support; conversation analysis; visual design; interaction design; graphic design; user studies; distributed systems; prototyping; mobile development; mobile design; health; well being 
LocationPalo Alto, CA, USA
Level of Education: Graduate students: Various internships require Masters students, PhD students, or PhD candidates
Additional Information Internship postings can be found here 

 

       Salesforce

About the internshipsSalesforce designs and develops customer management software. Among other positions, Salesforce is seeking a summer intern to collaborate with the User Research group on user research, user testing, and user-centered design; Note that strong prototyping skills are required 
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Level of EducationBachelors and Masters students
Additional Information: Job postings are on individual pages; Masters internship posting is here

 

       Twitter

About the internships: Twitter is looking for "Data Scientist Interns" to help extract meaning from the company's massive data set, and use this information to drive future products. Topical keywords include: big data, data mining, social phenomena 
LocationSan Francisco, CA, USA
Level of EducationMasters and PhD students
Additional InformationInternship posting can be found here 

 

       WalmartLabs

About the internships: Walmartlabs eCommerce department is looking for at least three summer interns. Topical keywords include: user experience, user research, design, interaction mobile
LocationSan Bruno, CA
Level of EducationBachelors and Masters students
Additional Information Internship postings can be found here 

 

       Yahoo! Research- Mobile Sensing & User Behavior group

About the internships: This research group is in search of students working on qualitative or quantitative user studies, large-scale data processing, mobile design & apps, mobile sensing, or search 
Location: Silicon Valley, CA, USA  
Level of Education: PhD students (at least 2 years into program)   
Additional Information PhD students fitting the above criteria who are interested in research projects in HCI, or mobile sensing & user behavior, please contact Henriette Cramer to discuss specific possibilities

 

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