The Digital Technology Group (DTG) organise summer internships for current University of Cambridge undergraduate students. We are not normally able to offer internships to students studying at other institutions. The 2013 DTG Internship Programme will be supervised by Andrew Rice and Alastair Beresford. Previous years have been supervised by Robert Harle (2012), Andrew Rice (2008,2009,2010,2011) and Alastair Beresford (2009,2010,2011)
Various (loose) themes have been applied to the internships, including:
- Investigating the educational value of the Raspberry Pi (Summer 2012)
- Tracking around the CL using smartphones (Summer 2012)
- Investigating mobile computing platforms (Summer 2009-2011)
- Understanding our energy consumption (Summer 2008-2009)
- Bridging the gap between Computer Science and computing in science (Summer 2009)
This year we will be offering 4 internship positions building open-source technology for helping supervisors and improving supervision quality. We have acquired funding to pay for a postdoctoral researcher to work with the interns over the full 10 week period and to manage the software development process. Placements will run for a 10 week period over the summer vacation.
The project will most likely be built as a set of back-end tools with a web front-end but it is very open-ended. Possible ideas include:
- Organisation: scheduling supervisions, and handing work in electronically (perhaps using CamScanner)
- Supervision work: sharing good supervision work questions and leaving feedback and ideas for future supervisors, support for automated marking of work (such as in the Java practicals)
- Peer feedback: allowing groups to share answers and discuss with each other and their supervisor before a supervision takes place
- The tools we are building will hopefully be used across the department including by your own supervisors
- Get experience working as a software development team
- Your code will be open source and so you can use it yourself in future or show it to future employers
- Paid stipend (£2300) to cover living expenses over the summer (and we have a budget to spend on fun stuff too)
- Get an idea of what it is like to be a PhD student in the department
- Work closely with staff and researchers
Skills required: Java (Students who have completed exercises 1-7 of the Part 1A Programming in Java course should be ok).
Eligibility: You must be a Cambridge undergraduate student who will be continuing to study as an undergraduate next year. Commonly this means you must be currently in Part 1A or Part 1B. Part II students who are likely to continue to Part III are also eligable.
Dates: The project will start on Monday 1st July 2013 and will run for 10 weeks, finishing on Friday 6th September 2013.
Applications or questions should be sent by email to Andrew Rice. Your application should be a printable document (e.g. PDF) containing: your name and email address, a photograph (so we can remember who you are when we speak to you!), details of your previous programming experiences, and a brief paragraph with your interests or ideas about the project. Deadline for applications is Friday 19th April 2013