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2012 School of Computing TLO Summer Internship
School of Computing TLO Internship is a community-based learning opportunity for students. Students will apply the knowledge and techniques they have learned in the classroom to help local community partners to develop a website for their organization. In the digital era, the Web has become the essential source for people to gather information and news. Having a well-designed and easy-to-use Website is the key to success for any organization. The effectiveness of website development depends on good interactions and communications between clients and Web designers. Therefore, it is important for students to gain first-hand experiences of interacting with real-world clients. Students participating in the TLO program will receive scholarship award of $1000. This program is managed by Ching-Hua Chuan and Karthikeyan Umapathy. This program is funded by TLO funds from UNF Undergraduate Studies Office.
Local community partners such as non-profit and small business organizations with minimum IT support and resources are ideal partners for this TLO. Building effective Web applications is costly because it involves hiring professional designers, purchasing software and hardware, as well as incurring costs for future maintenance. These costs undoubtedly constitute financial barriers for organizations to establish online presence and outreach. However, the proposed TLO aims to turn the constraints of software/hardware expenses and limited budget into educational opportunities for students to solve real-world problems.
Internship Benefits for Students:
Internship Benefits for Community Partners:
Helping Hands Neighborhood Network Center, Inc
Student Intern: Jonathan Huber
Website developed: http://www.helpinghandsjax.com/
Durbin Creek Wilderness Society
Student Interns: Efrain Diaz and Trisha Diamond
Website developed: http://www.durbin-creek.com/
Medical Business Solutions
Student Intern: William Hackney
HIV Medical Case Management
Student Interns: Raymond McDermott, Devin Sharp, and Kyle Rhodes
Student Interns: Niloufar Mohaseb and Anusha Srialluri
Website: Not released due to lack of full commitment from the partner
On August 6, 2012, TLO interns presented website developed for their clients. Student presentations and website was assessed by three panel judges. Judges were Matt Stueck (CTO, ICS), Jen Hyde (Owner & CEO of Acqylla Public Relations & Communications and Communications Assistant for the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida), and Lisa Jamba (Senior Instructor, School of Computing, UNF).
First Place Winner (Prize: $100)
Efrain Diaz and Trisha Diamond, interns for Durbin Creek Wilderness Society
Second place was tied between two teams.
Second Place Winner (Prize: $75)
Jonathan Huber intern for Helping Hands
William Hackney intern for Medical Business Solutions
We are thankful to the UNF Office of Undergraduate Studies for sponsoring this TLO program. We are grateful to the UNF Center for Community-Based Learning (CCBL) for helping us with identifying community partners.
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