Title: STEM Intern Supporting Workforce & Economic Development
Location: New Britain
Dates: 9 weeks
Hours: 35 hours per week
The ASF Intern will be engaged in three core areas: ITBD, TRiO and Continuing Education. The intern will receive a broad exposure to different levels of community engagement, programmatics, STEM skill and career development. The purpose in all areas is to demonstrate what the regional comprehensive university provides in the community. Additionally, it acts as a vehicle to explore technology, career interests and build confidence in students at all levels encouraging them to go to college. The three areas are described below.
They Young Engineers program with the New Britain Boy’s and Girl’s club has been serving New Britain youth in areas of engineering, mechatronics, robotics, additive manufacturing (3D printing), open source coding and research (Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights) for six years. The program has served 15-20 students annually. The CCSU TRiO program has been engaged with recruitment and supervision most recently. Last year we expanded the program to the YWCA STRIVE program with CCSU the Community Engagement office. The program was delivered on both campuses. Speakers were brought in and additional funders (TD Bank) supported the program. Working with CCSU School of Engineering, Science and Technology faculty ITBD intends to expand the program with a Community Engagement grant. This will draw in the NB Boys & Girls Club, YWCA, NB YMCA and the Bristol Boys & Girls Club.
TRiO is launching a new Summer Academy with a theme around “Rivers”. This STEM program will explore area water bodies in the context to applied interdisciplinary learning in our community. The program will expose students to a holistic approach to learning and college/career readiness balancing the theoretical and applied learning in appreciation and respect of the environment. Continuing Education - Continuing Education will be holding the “Tech it Out” program for the third year. This statewide open enrollment program STEAM program offers youth participants the opportunity to explore App Development, Coding/Programming. Robotics, Broadcasting, Arabic/Chinese Languages, Graphic Design and Electronic Music production. These are rotating week long programs held on both campuses.
Coordinate specific program activities with University Administrators, Faculty and leaders in the community. Assist with developing organization materials, communications, recruitment, attendance, fiscal awareness, supervision, elements of student case management and visiting community sites related to program delivery. The intern will be engaged with attending to sites on the main and downtown campuses and may connect with community agencies, non-profits and the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce.
The intern will receive a broad exposure to different levels of community engagement, programmatics, STEM skill and career development. During this engagement the student will be exposed to the various levels of socio and economic parameters of the people we serve at CCSU. They will be exposed to tracking the many measures and reporting details required in program including fiscal and project management. The student will gain an appreciation for the daily challenges recipients of our programs face and share in the enlightenment and success achieved in acquiring new skills. This internship will allow the student to make a personal assessment of their readiness and interest in pursuing aspects of their career goals that may be related to the STEM topics covered and the needs of the urban center.