News Archive

SDSC Announces 2012 Internship Opportunities for High School Students

Computational Research Program Pairs Students with SDSC Mentors

Published 03/06/2012

SDSC REHS Students. Photo: Ben Tolo
Photo: Ben Tolo

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, is holding a volunteer internship program for high school students this summer to assist them in gaining experience in a particular area of computational research.

The seven-week program, now in its third year, is called Research Experience for High School Students (REHS) and will be held June 25-August 10, 2012 at SDSC. The program pairs SDSC mentors with students, who will work as part of a research team. Internship hours, which typically range from 10 to 25 hours a week, will be coordinated with the SDSC mentors.

“This volunteer research program is a wonderful opportunity for students to gain valuable experience in subject areas that interest them, such as Web search engine design or creating computer simulation tools, or even helping to design and evaluate other courses and online community portals,” said Ange Mason, Education Program Manager at SDSC. “Students will be working on a variety of projects that we hope will inspire them toward computational science curriculums and careers they enter college.”

Some of the many REHS intern opportunities being offered this year include:

  • Developing a Web search engine for biological data.
  • Creating an easy-to-use scripting tool for use in earthquake computer visualizations.
  • Learning about privacy consent directives to share existing data such as medical records and biosamples.
  • Participating as an assistant for variety of student workshops in areas such as geoscience, digital illustration and art, and computer security.
  • Contributing to further development of nationally funded immunology and protein structure database.
  • Providing feedback and insights related to SDSC’s StudentTech Community Portal.

Students applying for the REHS program must be 16 years of age on or before June 24, 2012, per UC San Diego’s volunteer and employee requirements. Students may apply for up to three opportunities. All applications must be submitted via U.S. mail no later than March 30, 2012. Full details and applications available for download can be found here.

Selected applicants will be contacted by SDSC personnel to arrange a personal interview no later than April 26, 2012.

About SDSC
As an Organized Research Unit of UC San Diego, SDSC is considered a leader in data-intensive computing and cyberinfrastructure, providing resources, services, and expertise to the national research community, including industry and academia. Cyberinfrastructure refers to an accessible, integrated network of computer-based resources and expertise, focused on accelerating scientific inquiry and discovery. SDSC supports hundreds of multidisciplinary programs spanning a wide variety of domains, from earth sciences and biology to astrophysics, bioinformatics, and health IT. With its two newest supercomputer systems, Trestles and Gordon, SDSC is a partner in XSEDE (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment), the most advanced collection of integrated digital resources and services in the world.

For Comment:
Ange Mason, SDSC Education and Outreach
858 534-5064 or

Media Contacts:
Jan Zverina, SDSC Communications
858 534-5111 or

Warren R. Froelich, SDSC Communications
858 822-3622 or