Online Course Provider Hiring Staff & Interns

Coursera, a social entrepreneurship company that partners with universities to offer free courses online, is hiring interns and engineering staff. The positions of Software Engineer; Web Application Engineer, which includes work with Javascript/HTML5; DevOp, which involves working to build and maintain the core systems that powers the course platform; Course Operations Specialist; Community Manager; and UX Designer are available. Internships for all of the listed positions are also available to students.

Program: National Academies S&T Fellowship

The National Academies Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program is an early career educational and training opportunity.  It is designed to engage its fellows in the analytical process that informs U.S. science and technology policy.  Fellows develop basic skills essential to working or participating in science policy at the federal, state, or local levels. Graduate and professional school students and those who have completed graduate studies (degree awarded) within the last five years may apply.  Areas of study may include any social/behavioral science, medical/health discipline, physical or biological science, any field of engineering, law/business/public administration, or any relevant interdisciplinary fields.

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Summer Tour de Force 5: Boosting Safety at a Chemical Plant

I walked into junior year engineering courses at North Carolina State University a step ahead of many of my peers thanks to the real-world experience I got as a summer  intern in the specialty organics department at FMC Corp. Headquartered in Philadelphia, FMC manufactures agricultural, industrial, and specialty chemicals. The process engineering internship gave me the opportunity to work on projects in three main areas – process safety, visual management, and equipment reliability – and brought me into contact not only with process engineers but managers, operators, safety coordinators, and others. The atmosphere was welcoming and supportive. From my first day on the site my mentor, Jack Topp, encouraged me to ask questions and make suggestions.

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The NCIIA Supports Student Inventors and Entrepreneurs

The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) supports technology innovation and entrepreneurship in universities and colleges in order to create experiential learning opportunities for students and successful, socially beneficial businesses. With a membership of nearly 200 colleges and universities from all over the United States, the NCIIA engages more than 5,000 student and faculty innovators and entrepreneurs each year, helping them to bring their concepts to commercialization.

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Three Young Entrepreneurs Toy Around

A trio of Stanford graduate students — two mechanical engineers and an MBA candidate — have set up Maykah, a company that creates toys designed to inspire girls to become “artists, engineers, architects, and visionaries.” Alice Brooks, Bettina Chen, and Jennifer Kessler hope it will help bring more women into the tech workforce, where currently females number just 25 percent. The students raised nearly $86,000 on Kickstarter to bring their first toy to market. Roominate, a miniature DIY house that is “stackable, attachable and customizable,” also includes working circuits.