Find research, internship, and other opportunities for IDeATe students

Posner Internship

The Posner Fine Arts Foundation funds internships for Carnegie Mellon University students to do individual research in the Posner Memorial Collection and prepare exhibits.

The student receives a $3,000 stipend to complete a one-semester internship of 15 hours per week spent researching and creating an exhibit in collaboration with librarians.

Applications are due April 10, 2017. More information at cmu.edu.

Strategy and Design Internship Opportunities

Openbox is an independent design and innovation agency in New York City. They help organizations and communities think, build and grow together by helping them find the balance between business and culture. They are seeking interns to help with a variety of projects ranging from project work to business
development to operations.

Strategy Internship


  • Provide general support for internal and client projects. This includes:
    • Attending, taking notes and generating action items emerging from internal or client meetings
    • Contributing ideas to projects and actively participating in team meetings
    • Conducting research and developing insights on multiple topic areas and reporting to team
    • Performing basic office tasks including printing, copies and general office organization
    • Preparing and presenting presentations, when needed
    • Communicating clearly and persuasively

Design Internship


  • Design
    • Strong conceptual thinking and typography skills that can be applied across mediums
    • Translate data and stories into a clear visual language
    • Provide support to design team for both internal and client projects through design, project coordination and research (print, digital and production)
  • Research
    • Conduct research and frame findings within a design methodology
    • Frame challenges from a user centered perspective
    • Identify parameters with strategists to be mapped in user journeys

Openbox is looking for an undergraduate student in the New York City area. This person should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, with knowledge of Web and social media, PowerPoint, Word and Excel, Keynote and INDD experience is a bonus. This internship is paid ($15/day) and eligible for school credit. Starting date is earliest available and requires a minimum 3-month commitment. Please send an email of introduction and resume to rachael@opnbx.com.

VR Internship Opportunity

AirShareVR connects VR developers with gaming influencers through technology that lets influencers capture and share their VR experiences as 360 videos. They are in need of interns in the following areas (telecommuting OK), starting immediately: 

Unity engineer(s): someone with experience making games or middleware (plugins) in Unity, experience with C#, and who is clever at hacking solutions together. 

Unreal engineer: someone with experience making games or middleware (plugins) in Unreal, and who is clever at hacking solutions together. 

iOS/Android engineer: (Android is priority, both preferred) with experience building video playback applications similar in structure to YouTube. 

User Interface Designer: for front-end, web, and iOS/Android applications with a focus on simple user experiences. 

Internships for college credit or a small stipend. AirShareVR Internship Application 

Host a Future Tartan

The Office of Admission needs your help hosting students for the Celebration of Diversity and Turn Tartan Overnight events in April. This is an opportunity to positively influence future CMU students and show off your campus. But, most importantly, free food is involved. To sign up, log in to CMU SIO > Click Campus Life > Choose Admission Overnight Ambassador. Questions can go to Deborah Foell.

Summer 2017 Student Funding Opportunities

The CMU Summer Internship Experience Fund will be available to current undergraduate students who are participating in off-campus, low-paying or unpaid internships in the U.S. during the summer of 2017. More information is on the CPDC site.

Another funding option is the Peter C. Dozzi Pittsburgh Internship Initiative for unpaid or low-paying internships in Pittsburgh. More information is available on Handshake.

Paid Technical Designer Opportunity

The ArticuLab at Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science is seeking a paid Technical Artist (student or non-student) to assist with animation of a virtual human and its environment for a project led by an interdisciplinary team of computer scientists, psychologists, and game designers. This individual should have a sound understanding of design, rigging, animation, and game engines, and be able to contribute to the project on an as-needed basis. Knowledge of Maya, Unity and C# are necessary. Ability to quickly learn how to interface with research animation systems (such as the Virtual Human Toolkit) is important.

Basic Skills and Requirements

  • 1+ years of Unity experience
  • 1+ years of Maya experience
  • Competency in C# programming
  • Basic understanding of animation systems
  • Significant prior work with animation of human figures

Preferred Skills

  • Prior/current coursework or professional experience relevant to game design

Applicants should send a copy of their resume and cover letter referring to the Technical Designer position to Lauren Smith (lsmith1@cs.cmu.edu).