2021-2022 Internship Program (HBCU)

Do you want to have a lasting impact on the future of scientific discovery? Students participating in Research Data and Communication Technologies’ 2021-2022 Internship Program have the opportunity to join a team that is developing and implementing software to support federated identity management (FIM) — a system crucial to fostering and supporting cloud-based sustainable, global scientific research.

RDCT develops federated identity management software and solutions that link a user’s identity across multiple secure sites, enabling them to move between the sites quickly. FIM is fast becoming an essential part of international scientific research because it allows education networks, research organizations, and universities to quickly and securely authenticate their users. Scientists affiliated with these institutions can then collaborate on research programs and use the resources of other sites seamlessly.

RDCT will host one intern from a historically black college or university (HBCU) during 2021-2022. Our paid internships last up to two semesters, providing students the opportunity to collaborate on one or more projects in software development. Several exceptional participants have gone on to accept permanent positions at RDCT following their internships.

Application Deadline: August 15, 2021.

Who we’re looking for

You’re a highly motivated college undergraduate entering your sophomore year or above at an HBCU. You have demonstrated experience in programming with Python and a basic understanding of how to use Git for code management. You know how to work on the Linux platform (no additional Linux training will be provided). You’re comfortable working in a remote environment, collaborating with other team members in the U.S. and on the African continent through Slack, Zoom, and other online tools.

The National Center for Education Statistics provides a list of approved HBCUs as defined by FAR Subpart 26.3.

Program Overview

Semester 1 (Fall 2021)

You’ll join the software and infrastructure-as-code development team at RDCT. Your internship will begin with a series of orientation sessions, some live and some pre-recorded. Through these, you’ll gain a better understanding of the federated identity ecosystem and how it is used by research systems and applications.

There will be several options for you to contribute to a software development project, including coding, annotating, documenting, and debugging Python and other identity management tools.

In early November, you will have the opportunity to apply to extend your internship for a second semester based on the knowledge you have gained and the contributions you have made to the project.

Semester 2 (Spring 2022)

Interns selected for the second semester will participate in more advanced software development projects. You will begin testing software in development environments and collect requirements and user stories from customers.

In the second semester, you also will have the opportunity to submit your project for presentation or a poster session at a conference (WACREN or UbuntuNet-Connect.)

Benefits of Participation

In both semesters, you can expect to spend at least 10 hours a week working on RDCT projects. RDCT will provide a stipend of $250 per week for a maximum of 16 weeks per semester.

Upon completion, you will know how to secure cloud-based applications and control authentication and authorization for those systems. You also will have gained experience working in support of international research labs doing leading-edge biomedical research and vaccine development and collaborating with research and education networks.

About RDCT

Research Data and Communication Technologies (RDCT) builds and implements cyberinfrastructure for a global clientele. We help our customers develop and curate public-private partnerships that deepen bioinformatics and research capacity as well as aid in the development of international science collaboration platforms. Our solutions enable researchers at institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, and agencies within the U.S. federal government and governments worldwide to collaborate in secure online environments. Our extensive experience providing infrastructure and data management for clinical trials, bioinformatics, and research in life sciences includes a deep understanding of risk management frameworks and ethical considerations, as well as a commitment to data accuracy.

The last two decades have yielded explosive innovation in the computing and communication disciplines, transforming research and creating new information security challenges. RDCT is committed to meeting the evolving information technology, security, and data processing needs of research institutions and their collaborators.

RDCT is a member of the Internet2 InCommon Catalyst program, which recognizes companies working with Research and Education Communities to improve the tools that enable secure learning and collaboration. We also have a long history of membership in technology partnership programs with Microsoft, Cisco, and Google.

As a benefit corporation, RDCT is committed to contributing to a more inclusive and sustainable economy. We provide paid student internships and contribute coding expertise and governance. We have a commitment to developing open-source software solutions that improve research environments for scientists, particularly those working in regions of the world challenged with emerging and re-emerging pathogens.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete this form and upload your resume. Application deadline: August 15, 2021.

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