About the Program

What is the Tech Core Internship?
  • The Tech Core Internship is an applied learning experience open to students of all majors, both at the undergrad and graduate level. No prior technical experience necessary -- just hard work and curiosity

  • The program is non-credit, free of cost, totally online, and requires at least 13 hours a week of commitment in order to succeed.

  • You’ll work in a team environment. There are no “lessons” and this isn’t a class. You’ll be joining a team of developers, discovering what your passions are, and will start working on delivering a real product. The best way to explain it is: Imagine you’ve just been hired at a new software company. On your first day, you onboard, meet some colleagues and start some training. After a few days, your team lead gives you some work to do. You do that work and discover you’re good at it. Now you have a job.

  • Work runs from June 1 and runs to August 12. You get to set your own schedule, but you need to maintain an average of 13 hours of work per week. If you can work more, you’ll do better.

  • You can work from home. You can work from anywhere. International students are welcome too!

  • Work is very different from straight-up Zoom. Our work environment is entirely synchronous, in fact, it’s exactly like an office except for now it is all online.
What will you learn?

Weeks 1-4: In weeks 1-4, you'll spend a week with each team gaining fundamental experience in all four of the verticals listed below. It does NOT matter what skill-level or technological porficiency you have to start out with. You will immediately get slotted into a team, assigned to a project, and start working. Don't stress if you don't know anything, that's what your team is for. If you communicate and ask questions frequently, you will learn much faster than trying to bang your head against wall tyring to solve a problem on your own. Save time and ask a teammate

Weeks 5-10: By week 5, you'll get slotted into a team and dig deeper into that work. By the end of this internship experience, you will gain proficiency in a valuable stack of technologies and will have numerous projects under your belt to list on your portfolio/resume. You will also gain essential business skills, communication skills, and project management skills. If you perform well and earn the respect of your teammates and clients, then you will also gain valuable friends, allies, and references for the future.

  1. Data science and visualization: SQL Server, Excel, Tableau, and D3.js
  2. Creative design with Adobe Creative Cloud: Premiere Rush, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dimension, and XD
  3. Web development and emerging technologies: ASP.NET, MVC, HTML/CSS/JS, SQL Server, VR technologies, C#, Unity, Blender, and A-Frame/Three.js
  4. Operations, Sales, and Marketing: Salesforce, CRM, Excel, Tableau, Social Media, Trellis, Marketing, and Accounting
Are you a graduate student?

For graduate students: By the conclusion of this program you are expected to take on a leadership role on the team, leading a group of developers on a specific project. This can be a project of your choosing from ones that we have assigned or ones that have been pitched to the group. You will be responsible for the project management, delegation, and reporting back to the client. These positions are not guaranteed to you, you must earn them by being a team player and gaining the respect and trust of your team and showing the same respect in return.

Meet the team!

What you will be doing

Tech Core has several existing projects, new products to bring to market, and is rapidly acquirnig new work in the response to the Summer 2020 situation. Projects you will be working on will/may include:

Digital Palms

Augmented Reality application "Digital Palms" and other "UA AR" tech product spinoffs

UA COVID-19 Dashboard

An enterprise dashboard for contact tracing and antibodies testing

UA Wildcat Dashboard

A Web-based dashboard for making student life richer as re-entry begins - designed by UA students


A UA led hacking and community development initiative to re-build a stronger, better, more human-centric culture upon re-entry

Story Map

Next-generation Web GIS systemn for Humanities, Anthropology, History and crowd sourced Pop Culture


Eller Tech Core's 100% dynamic portfolio creation system for graduates and future employers

UltraSound VR

Cutting edge medical VR training program

Salesforce Implementation

Campus-wide implementation of Saleforce CRM

Empower Now

A Teen Vaping Cessation Education and Training Program

What you will learn

Web Development and Emerging Technologies

Build robust web applications with a model-view controller (MVC) architecture powered by on dynamic data structures on the back-end, and dive into to the latest technologies sweeping the industry including VR, AR, and machine learning. Gain experience in Unity, Blender, and A-Frame/Three.js.

Project management and team collaboration

Gain experience developing in a Kanban workflow and learn the ins-and-out of maintaining communication, consistency, and synchronization while working remotely through cloud-based technologies, git version control, and team-based communication platforms.

Data science and visualization

Understand the fundamentals of building and maintaining a strong database structure; and create interesting and informative data visualizations through SQL Server, Excel, and Tableau.

Presentation skills and pitching

Learn how to present in front of an audience and effectively pitch ideas and innovations to a group. This includes learning how to prepare and present you materials in a convincing way and how to take feedback and criticism professionally.

Creative design with Adobe Creative Cloud

Create stunning pieces of media and artwork including video production, prototype design, marketing materials, and 3D art and texturing. Gain invaluable experience and skill using the acclaimed suite of Adobe products including Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Dimension, XD, and more.

Reporting to clients and resource management

You will be responsible for maintaining transparent communication with the client/project sponsor regularly. This includes managing their time and resources efficiently, as well as managing their expectations. You will learn how to communicate effectively to prevent over-promising and under-delivering to clients.

Operations, Sales, and Marketing

Learn how to build and manage a CRM with Salesforce, create effective email and social media marketing campaigns through Trellis, and maintain operating budget and manage purchases for the whole team.

Building portfolio and professional profile

By the conclusion of your internship experience, you will have gained numerous new skills, technological proficiencies, and projects to add to your resume or portfolio. Learn how to design a strong resume and build an online portfolio that successfully showcases your work and capabilities.

Meet the Faculty

Crystal Adams

Senior Director, Innovation and Student Experience

Marketing, Professional Development, Portfolios, Badging

Ash Black

Executive Director, Tech Core

Program Director, Strategic Designer: Operations and Tech pillars, Owner: Tech Pillar

Mikel Chertudi

Lecturer, Business Communication

Business Communications Specialist, Community Builder, Academic Goals Steward

Sarah Diaz

Assistant Dean, Career and Professional Development

Marketing, Professional Development, Portfolios, Badging

Gray Hunter

Lecturer in Economics

Co-owner: Data Science Pillar

Michael Mandel

Lecturer, Business Communication

Business Communications Specialist, Community Builder, Academic Goals Steward

John McClintock

Academic Coordinator

Co-owner: Data Science pillar

Victoria Ogino

Program Coordinator, Tech Core

Program Manager, Owner: Creative pillar

Sangeetha Venkataramani

Director, Marketing Minor Program

Owner: Operations pillar

Today's digital economy requires a wide array of professionals, which one are you?

Apply Now!

Deadline to apply is Thursday, May 21 at 5:00pm (MST)

Must submit in pdf form.

Thanks for taking a close look at this opportunity.
We hope you’ll apply and join our the team.
Let's turn Summer 2020 around..."
- Ash Black
TechCore Director