Student Programs

Spark!’s programs aim to help students build their portfolio of skills and experience in technology development and innovation.  There are two different program tracks: For students with ideas of their own or who want to develop a technology product from the idea phase to launch, check out the Spark! Fellowships.  For students who don’t have an idea but want to gain experience putting their skills into practice, the Spark! X-Lab offers students a range of opportunities across technical areas from machine learning to app development to data science. A description of Spark!’s two program tracks follows below:

  • Spark! Fellowships 

    • Spark! Innovation Fellows start with an idea and are provided with a structured semester-long innovation experience to guide them through the process of taking their ideas from initial concept to a working prototype. Innovation fellowships are available to CS majors for class credit or any students with programming skills through paid on-campus internships.
      • Cross College fellows are students from diverse disciplines. Technical and non-technical students form a team to implement projects, usually on behalf of external partner organization. Cross College Fellowships include the Forced Migration and Human Trafficking Fellowship Program and the UXDesign Fellowship. Students are able to receive a stipend or course credit for their participation in the fellowship program.
      • X-Lab

        • Students participating in the X-Lab are provided with opportunities to work on a wide range of computer science and software engineering projects on behalf of external partners from diverse sectors. Spark! partners have included Fortune 500 companies like Nike and Microsoft; the City of Boston; local, national and global nonprofits like the ACLU and the International Labor Organization, and countless startups. Students are able to participate as part of select Computer Science classes and are given the option to receive course credit or a paid internship.