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Mott Family Network

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Jessica Hirsh

Major: Computer Science '19

I currently work as the Senior Intern for an internship program with the Mott Family Network. My program is focussed on bringing assistive technology to the patients at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and it is an interdisciplinary effort between University of Michigan’s College of Engineering and Eastern Michigan University’s College of Education. The melding of the two schools and disciplines allows us to bring multiple perspectives and expertise to each project we face, especially as each of us have a strong background in our respective fields.

One of the best parts about this internship is that I can see the tangible benefits of my work via various projects inside and outside of the hospital system. Inside the hospital, we are partnered with Rehabilitation Engineering, and we work with the engineers to evaluate patients on their assistive technology needs. We also help facilitate physical/speech therapies by providing patients with technology for motivation and independence. Additionally, we work with the hospital’s Child Life department to provide immersive Virtual Reality experiences bedside with the patients. Outside of the hospital, we are developing an adaptive sports initiative, including adaptive kayaking, sailing, camping, and skiing, to provide patients the opportunities to experience activities that wouldn’t normally be able accessible to them.

Furthermore, I was able to develop my own projects to fit my major, Computer Science Engineering, and my interests in web and app development. I chose to partner with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor, and I created a new website for them to meet changing corporate standards and ADA compliancy requirements. I am also creating an app for the new families of the house, so the families can get more familiar with the Ann Arbor area and feel more at home in their new surroundings.

I’ve really enjoyed the autonomy that this internship has given me, as well as the leadership role of being the Senior Intern to five others. Prior to this experience, I wasn’t really sure which area of Computer Science I was most interested in, but now I have a much clearer understanding of the therapeutic application of technology. I am very excited to continue learning more about assistive technology at my internship throughout this summer and into the school year.

Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Location: Washington, DC

Madison Lynch

Major: Chemical Engineering '20

I currently work at SEPA as a summer intern. I found the internship on Indeed and applied because I am not quite sure what I want to do with engineering yet( i.e. research, marketing, business, engineering), so I decided to explore the research path. Through SEPA, I will be the co-author on a few papers that will be nationally published for utility companies to use and help them modify their business models to include more renewable energy techniques. I also am in charge of data analysis, so I sort through survey data from over 125 utility and find trends and areas that need work.

I am most excited to explore all the opportunities that this internship could lead me to. I attend many conferences and am able to network with renewable energy companies that I might want to work for in the future. Also, my team is volunteering 2 days this week to install solar panels on local homes, which I am really excited for!

My internship has taught me to take advantage of any opportunity that comes my way, even if that means moving by myself to DC! It has also shown me that I am way ahead of my age. My counterpart intern is a masters student! I am very proud of myself for finding this opportunity and making the most out of it.