Program Goals

The MBDH supports training, mentoring, and career development for students from all backgrounds and disciplines who are interested in how data relates to their education and their career goals.

The MBDH Student Intern Program is a paid internship currently focused on two areas: science communication and student community engagement.

In our Science Communications track, students work with MBDH leadership, collaborators, and community members to tell the stories of how people are working with data and data science tools to have meaningful impacts on research, practice, and community needs. This work is published on the MBDH Community Blog and communicated through our newsletter and social media.

In our Student Community Engagement track, interns help to build a regional community of student groups and individual student participants who share their experiences and build new connections. In particular, we are interested in building student group leadership capacity to help new leaders learn from the experiences of existing student organizations. This work can be seen through our Data Science Student Groups webinar series and the Student Groups Profiles series.

You can meet our interns here:
Fall 2021 cohort
Fall 2022 cohort

Contact Us

We expect to have new internship opportunities each academic year. Check back on this page for the next opportunity to apply. Please contact us with questions.

Current Interns

  • Aisha Tepede (Science Communications Intern), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Master of Public Health (MPH) Program in the College of Applied Health Sciences
  • Isabel Alviar (Science Communications Intern), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Senior in Computer Engineering with a minor in Statistics
  • Sasha Zvenigorodsky (Science Communications Intern), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Senior in Crop Sciences
  • Shruti Ravichandran (Project Coordination Intern), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Master’s student in Information Management

Program Alumni

  • Raleigh Butler (Science-Writing Intern), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MS in Journalism
  • Qining Wang (Science-Writing Intern), Northwestern University, PhD in Chemistry
  • Erica Joo (Science-Writing Intern), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Sushma Mahadevaswamy (Project Coordination Intern), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MS in Information Management
  • Sarah Riadi (Project Coordination Intern), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Master’s in Urban Planning (MUP)