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The Graduate Immersion Program is a competitive opportunity for ASU graduate students to join the Office of Applied Innovation for a 30 week period to advance their own applied project(s) in service of the Office mission. Our team provides participants with the time, space, training, network, and support they need in order to be successful.
This program is paused for the 2022 cycle.
Over the course of the program graduate interns will:
Lex Williams is a Junior Software Developer at the Center for Games and Impact, with a BA in the School For Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, and is currently a first-year Public Interest Technology MS student. They plan to study the implications of discriminatory surveillance in smart cities through examining glitch politics, race, gender, and sexuality in addition to working as a software developer and game developer.
The intervention Lex is working on as part of the Graduate Immersion Program is a group management app that will add nuance to the way probation officers identify and describe “progress” so that justice-involved youth are spending less time in detention. Probation officers with Durango and Pima counties are given various educational tools that track the youth under their supervision, but none of these methods can actively identify how those youth are progressing.
Tyler Eglen is a 2nd year student in the Global Technology and Development program within the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. Tyler's work as a Graduate Immersion Innovator is to create a student driven grassroots distributed plastic recycling hub that provides real world learning applications for students in a variety of disciplines (engineering, design, sustainability, business, education). With lessons learned here at ASU, the work is then going to be taken into communities and handed off to local entrepreneurs working in plastic reclamation. Tyler comes to Applied Innovation after working as a teacher and researcher at ASU's Center for Science and the Imagination. He has also been a teacher in both formal and informal environments working to create novel STEAM learning experiences for K-12 learners for the past 7 years. Tyler holds an MFA from ASU (2014) and a BA from Purdue University (2008) (see more info in this video).
Veronica is a Graduate Immersion Innovator developing “reTech Fundamentals”, a project aimed at closing the computer literacy knowledge gap for students in Title One schools. Our objective is to help students better participate and excel in the online learning environment.
Veronica earned her undergraduate degrees at W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, then entered the workforce as a Global Emerging Markets analyst for J.P. Morgan Chase. She decided to pivot her career track and apply everything she learned to develop communities as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She served in the Dominican Republic and worked on initiatives in community economic development and women empowerment. Her service inspired Veronica to create reTech in 2017. reTech is a grassroots organization that is dedicated to bringing awareness to the digital divide and creating solutions to support communities with limited access to technology.
Veronica is a Coverdell Fellow at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, earning her master’s degree with a concentration in Global Development & Innovation. Veronica is a native Phoenician.
The Office of Applied Innovation recruits new cohorts for the Graduate Immersion Program every Fall. Check back in late 2022 for details on our spring-summer 2023 program.
Applications for the Applied Innovation Graduate Immersion are invited from those who:
Applied Innovation Graduate Interns:
We seek candidates with a passion for problem-solving and who wish to apply their unique talents to advance Arizona State University’s charter and our office’s goals of expanding access to educational and economic opportunity. Successful candidates will exhibit the following qualities:
Applicants must create a single Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) document that includes the following components, in this order:
Application materials should clearly exhibit the qualifications listed above under “Eligibility and Qualifications.”
Interviews may be held before the application deadline. Applications will be considered until suitable candidates are identified.
Check back in Fall 2022 for details on how to apply to the 2023 program.