Work at Spark!

BU Spark! offers a limited number of paid opportunities each semester so you can work while you earn your degree. Opportunities are offered on a semester-long basis and may be extended for the full academic year. Positions are posted as needed, and applications for open positions are reviewed on a rolling basis.

NOTE: Applications are not being accepted through the buspark.app portal this year. Click “Apply now” to use the single application form and indicate the role you are applying for. (To apply for more than one role, you must fill out the form again.)

 

BU Spark! ambassadors pose for a photo.
BU Spark! ambassadors pose for a photo.

 

Spark! Employment Opportunities

Spark! Ambassador

Pay and hours: $18/hr, 10 hours a week*

Spark! Ambassadors manage activities and events connected to the Spark! Space, and work to build an inclusive, vibrant, and enriching community for students interested in computing, data science, engineering, and related disciplines. You will attend meetings with your team and Spark! staff, and provide supportive feedback.

  • Community: Organize social events and activities aimed at connecting students, and promoting wellness and community.
  • Learning: Recruit speakers and set topics for Spark! TechTalks, organize MicroChallenges, and support with career development initiatives.
  • Hackathon: Organize hackathons throughout the school year and support students at all levels of computing and data science.
  • Ignite: Support tech-focused clubs through promotion, training, recruitment, and more.
  • JEDI: Support Spark!’s efforts to advance justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion, including the DEI in Tech Collective, DEI training, and the DEI in Tech course.

Spring 2024 openings: CLOSED

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Technical Intern (Data Science, Machine Learning, or Software Engineering)

Pay and hours: $20/hr, 12 hours a week*

Technical Interns work on the data science, machine learning, or software engineering components of real-world technical projects for an external partner. You will attend weekly meetings with your team and Spark! staff, and provide supportive feedback. You should be proficient in a major programming language (e.g. Python, JavaScript, C++, etc.).

Spring 2024 openings: CLOSED

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UX Design & Research Intern

Pay and hours: $18/hr, 10 hours a week*

UX Design & Research Interns work on the user experience component of a real-world technical project for an external partner. You will attend weekly meetings with your team and Spark! staff, and provide supportive feedback. You should be competent in graphic design principles and proficient in a majority of design software programs (e.g. Adobe Creative Cloud, Figma, etc.). We accept a very limited number of UX interns each semester and priority is given to students who have taken DS280 and DS488 or XC475.

Spring 2024 openings: CLOSED

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Project Manager

Pay and hours: $4,000 semester stipend, 15 hours a week*

Project Managers oversee a portfolio of projects, proactively managing partners to ensure client satisfaction with a student team’s work. You will attend weekly meetings with your team and Spark! staff, provide supportive feedback, collect and organize the project’s work, and prepare for the following semester.

Spring 2024 openings: CLOSED

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Technical Project Manager (Technical Engineer)

Pay and hours: $20/hr, 10-12 hours a week*

Technical Project Managers oversee the technical components of a portfolio of projects, proactively ensuring client satisfaction with a student team’s technical work. You will attend weekly meetings with your team and Spark! staff, provide supportive feedback, collect and organize the project’s work, and prepare for the following semester.

Spring 2024 openings: CLOSED

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Questions about employment can be directed to buspark@bu.edu.

*Estimated; upon hiring, your contract will reflect exact pay and hours.