Ignite Erie Opportunities for Students

Ignite Erie Opportunities for Students

Students from all Erie County schools have the opportunity to put their hard-earned skills to work, gaining experience in their field and growing portfolios that will be attractive to future employers. Students can bolster their portfolios by participating in research projects or they can apply for funding for their own projects.

Intern Mashups

An Intern Mashup involves nimble interdisciplinary teams of students who solve applied research and development problems and commercialize technology under the mentorship and management of faculty and professional staff. Projects range from simple analyses requiring just a few hours’ time to design and development efforts ranging from three months to two years, intended to address complex problems and requiring a diverse skill set from the student contributors. As a participating student, you will gain relevant experience in your field, grow your portfolio, and acquire valuable networking connections within industries.

Interested students should email Jake Marsh or Amy Bridger.

Innovating Through Collaboration Teams

Innovating through Collaboration (ITC) begins with proposals by industry partners for projects that will help them innovate or provide insights in areas such as new product market analyses, new product pricing strategies, new markets for existing products, improved processes, marketing strategies, and targeting of new opportunities for growth. An ITC project typically involves a team comprising a faculty champion, an MBA student, and two undergraduate research assistants from relevant fields. Each project requires analytical rigor, critical thinking, and expertise in multiple disciplines. Interested students should email Jake Marsh or Amy Bridger.

Quickstarter Teams

Quickstarter is a proven high-throughput, rapid turnaround program that brings teams of students together to help entrepreneurs design and launch successful crowd-funding campaigns through sites such as Kickstarter. In 2014 only 36% of all Kickstarter campaigns met their fundraising goals. However, the success rate of projects meeting their funding goals rises to 80% with application of the Quickstarter method. These projects are fast-paced but brief in duration, providing experience for students without overly disrupting their academic studies.

Students working on Quickstarter campaigns can receive monetary compensation for their time. Quickstarter is looking for students highly skilled in many areas including marketing, art and music production, film and video production, and web design.

For more information, email Dr. Kristan Wheaton.