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

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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

*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.

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


  • Round One Applications: April 30, 2022 
  • Round Two Applications: May 15, 2022 
  • Decision Notification: June 2022

To be considered, all applicants must also schedule an interview. Interview details are provided following submission of your application. All decisions will be shared in June 2022. We can’t guarantee that spots will be open after Round 1. If you miss the deadline, please contact to see if there are still opportunities available.

Justice Media co-Lab (XC410)

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 XC410 via Student Link as part of your general course registration. 

DS4G: Housing Justice (HUB XC 410 B1)

Instructor: Langdon White + Ethan Macoomb
TR 10:10-11:55AM
Data Science for Good (DS4G): Housing, Displacement & Justice enables students to tackle real world data challenges related to more equitable and just housing access. Students will work in teams on client-based projects, engaging with a wide range of potential stakeholders, including government agencies, nonprofits and researchers to iterate and produce usable data sets, tools, and research that address pressing questions. Students will develop computational and analytical skills working with messy, real-world data to yield meaningful, reproducible, and defensible insights, while gaining an understanding of the national and local housing affordability crisis. Desk research and stakeholder interviews will help students understand the root causes of housing instability, barriers to homeownership, and remedies to reduce displacement and improve access.

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. Hiring is done on an as-needed and rolling basis prior to each semester. Interested in learning more? View our open positions here

Paid X-Lab Internship Opportunities

Spark! offers experiential learning internship opportunities for students who are interested in working on projects for external partners throughout the school year (Fall and Spring). These positions are primarily for students with advanced computer science, engineering, or data science skills and are paid via semester-long stipends. 

Our Fall 2022 program begins on Monday, September 19, 2022 and we will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until Friday, August 19, 2022

XLAB Summer Internship

The Spark! Summer internship Program is a paid opportunity held for 10 weeks each summer for students who want to participate in a structured experiential learning process. Participants will work on assigned student teams to solve a problem on behalf of an external Spark! partner with the support of our staff and experts in residence. Our 2022 summer portfolio of partners include the NAACP, MassMutual, local media partners, BU’s Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, and more.

Summer 2022 Program Details

Selected students will join a talented team and be assigned to a portfolio of projects for the ten week program term running May 31 – August 5, 2022.

This is a paid opportunity and does not offer academic credits. In the interest of health and safety as we continue to monitor the Covid-19 pandemic, this position will be offered both in-person and remote for Summer 2022. 

Application Timeline

  • Applications Open: February 22, 2022 
  • Applications Close: March 11, 2022
  • Applicants Notified: Week of April 4, 2022

Program Commitment

Student applicants are expected to meet the following criteria and agree to the following commitments:

  • You complete an application as instructed below
  • You are able to commit up to 20 hours per week to work on two (2) XLab projects 
  • You are fully enrolled as a student at Boston University 
  • You are passionate about leveraging technology for social change

Application Process

Student applicants are expected to complete the application process in full as defined below:

  • Round 1: Complete the online application and technical assessment 
  • Round 2: Following review of the application, selected applicants will be invited to interview with a Spark! staff member
  • Selected applicants will then be notified during the week of April 4, 2022

Applications are now closed. Thank you for your interest! If you have any questions, please contact Greta Bruce at

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 


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