June 6–July 29, 2016 | Gordon College, Wenham, MA
Be part of a team developing useful software for a real customer.
The practicum’s mission is to help computer science students mature professionally and spiritually by developing useful software in small teams while practicing good spiritual and professional habits. It targets primarily rising juniors, with the goal of preparing them for meaningful and competitive industrial internships the following summer.
Students will work in teams on a project for a real customer with clear needs. Most of the time will be focused on understanding, designing, and coding solutions for those customer needs. When possible, student teams will be matched with industry experts who will review code and mentor the students. There will also be some more formal teaching through talks and ramp-up lab sessions.
Program Director Dr. Russ Tuck is Professor of Computer Science at Gordon College. He helped launch Gmail, and led several software development teams at Google. His teams hosted interns each summer for several years. The Gordon program is roughly modeled on Google’s Engineering Practicum Internships.
Housing, Food, Worship, and Fun
Students will be housed on campus at Gordon College, with access to a kitchen for do-it-yourself breakfast and lunch. Nightly hot dinners will be provided in Lane Student Center. Sundays will include rides to local churches, and weekends will include some fun activities. The North Shore is a beautiful place to explore in the summer: beaches and rocky coast, parks, ponds, fishing villages, museums, and even Boston.
Scholarships, Credit, and Tuition
Some full scholarships, including a $5200 stipend, and partial scholarships are available. Gordon students are eligible for 4 hours of internship credit. The full program cost, which includes tuition, housing, and dinners, is $11,700. (Non-Gordon students should apply for financial aid from their own school first, but may also be eligible for aid from Gordon if needed.)