Applying to Spark!

Spark! offers students the opportunity to take part in a variety of experiential learning and innovation programs. Some of our programs require applications, but we also have programs that you can access by registering for Spark! affiliated classes. Learn more about Spark! courses here

Spark! Course Applications

Innovation and UX Design Fellowship (XC475)

The Spark! Innovation and UX Design Fellowship program is dedicated to catalyzing Boston University student innovators passionate about solving problems through technology. If you have an idea you want to take to the next level, Spark! offers a structured process and technical support for students to work independently to advance a technology project of their own creation.

Course Details

Innovation and UX Design Fellowship is available for credit via XC475 – Group D CS 
Innovation and UX Design Fellowship also offers a limited number of paid opportunities

How to Apply

You can apply to join the fellowship in any of the following roles:

  • Team Lead: You have an idea you want to pursue
  • UXD Fellowship Lead: You have an idea you want to pursue
  • Technical Teammates: You want to join a team or are already part of a team
  • UXD Fellowship Teammate: You want to join a team or are already part of a team

Fellowship applications deadlines are April 30, 2021 for Round 1 and May 17, 2021 for Round 2 for the Fall 2021 semester. To be considered, all applicants must also schedule an interview by May 17, 2021 for Round 1 and May 28, 2021 for Round 2. Interview details are provided following submission of your application. All decisions will be shared by June 7, 2021.

We can’t guarantee that spots will be open after Round 1. If you miss the deadline, please contact buspark@bu.edu to see if there are still opportunities available.

Please note that if you are looking for credit, you must still register for XC475 via Student Link as part of your general course registration. 

 

Justice Media co-Lab (XCC433)

The Justice Media co-Lab, a collaboration between BU Spark!, based at the Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences, and the Journalism Department at the BU College of Communication, matches interdisciplinary student teams with a background in computer science, statistics, computer engineering, or data science or journalism related disciplines with computational journalism projects provided by external media partners. 

How to Apply

You can apply to join the fellowship in any of the following roles:

  • Technical Teammate
  • Journalism Teammate

Please note that you must still register for XC433 via Student Link as part of your general course registration. 

 

Spark! Jobs and Internships

Employment Opportunities

Spark! offers a limited number of employment opportunities for students to join the team as project managers, Ambassadors, marketing and communications specialists, or special initiatives project managers. Learn more about open positions here.  

Paid Project Internship Opportunities

Spark! X-Lab offers internship opportunities for students to work on projects for external partners throughout the year (Spring, Fall, and Summer). These positions are primarily for students with advanced computer science, engineering, or data science skills.

We accept applications on a rolling basis and we will reach out to you as opportunities arise throughout the semester. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the Experiential Learning Lab (X-Lab) 

Learn more about the Innovation Fellowship

Learn more about the UX Design Fellowship 

 

Please send any questions to: buspark@bu.edu