Summer 2020 Volunteer Internship
With COVID-19 cancelling many internships, we wanted to find a way for self-motivated students to still obtain experience while also helping their communities. This LinkedIn post and associated form (below) attracted over 100 interested people. From this, we have about 80 active people in Slack and 6 teams.
With this in mind, we wrote the following in GitHub to document the common problems facing non-profit organizations.
Students will self-organize around problem statements and will need to be self-motivated and collaborative to accomplish their projects. By doing this, we are confident that we can write letters of reference that will explain each person's contribution.
Thank you to PayPal!
PayPal has provided $4,000 as a prize to say "thank you" to those who worked through their summer to benefit non-profits.
As stated at PayPal's Social Innovation page:
Our Social Innovation efforts build upon our strong sense of commitment and purpose by harnessing and deploying our unique capabilities, resources and expertise to drive positive, lasting social impact through our business. We focus on three key areas: helping to advance the financial health of people and small businesses; increasing the volume and scale of charitable giving around the world; and, strengthening the communities in which we live and work.
For the 22 people who responded with their PayPal accounts, we split this prize up, and have sent this money over as of September 23rd, 2020. This is a great way to conclude the months of effort put in by this awesome people. We are so happy that we are able to provide a surprise to everyone involved. 🙏
End of Summer Volunteer Internship Demo
Thank you to the smart, brave, determined, and amazing 22 of you who sacrificed your summer to help non-profits! Here's a sample (to the right) of the certificate of achievement that they will be receiving.
Three teams were able to make time to demo their projects to us on August 10th, see their videos below and be sure to check out the demo videos for each of the teams as you can see how they approach their respective non-profit problems throughout the summer.
Analyzing STEM/STEAM Trends
Risk Scoring for Animal Adoption
Health Record Management
Teams and participants
May 18th: Introduction - Angel
June 5th: First Demonstration - Clayton
June 19th: Second Demonstration - Clayton
June 22nd: Demo - Angel
July 4th: Heroku and simple website demo - Clayton
July 18th: Live data fetching now active - Clayton
July 21st: Partner term frequency of a PDF using R - Angel
July 31st: Google Trends and Heroku integration, Caching - Clayton
July 31st: Bar plots for partner terms and words to remove - Angel
August 7th: STEAM Pop Tutorial - Clayton
August 7th: Data analysis with Jupyter Notebook for Twitch - Vaikhari
August 7th: Search and navigation functionality - Vaikhari
August 10th: End of internship demo
June 5th: Demo 1.2 - Juan
June 5th: Demo 1.3 - Juan
June 26th: Demo 2.1 - Juan
Team 4 Health Record Management
June 26th: Front-end demo - Evan
July 3rd: Scheduling chatbot - Kito
July 4th: Updated chatbot based on schedule availability - Kito
July 9th: Scheduling API and corresponding SMS message confirmation - Gayathri
August 10th: End of Internship Demo
August 28th: Scheduling bot demo - Kito
June 23rd: First demo - Brian
July 14th: Lots of added functionality - Brian
July 31st: Research functionality added - Sandya
July 31st: UX Design, Donations - Amudhan
August 1: Full walkthrough including Netlify CMS - Brian
July 26th: Front-end - Animesh
July 26th: ML model- Karishma
August 10th: End of internship demo
July 31st: Upload demo - Marco