Maumee Valley and the University of Toledo are joining forces to create a one-of-a-kind internship program for high school students. Highly qualified high school students will receive hands-on training in computing, simulation gaming, and 3D virtual immersive reality. The program is designed for four to five students per year with strong computing, code writing skills and interest. Also students with strong skills in visual design using technology are encouraged to apply.
Entrance into the program is a selective process that includes an application and an interview. Once accepted into the program, students may be assigned preliminary work or study to make sure they are ready to begin. A student’s initial experience will occur during an intensive period when the student will spend the term at the University of Toledo’s R-1 Simulation Game Studio. Students will be assigned to project teams based on their readiness and aptitudes. Project teams consist of upper level undergraduates, graduate students, and professors who work on real projects for real clients. Work includes software development for on-campus, academically focused projects; grant funded national-level projects; and the design of programs for private clients.
Students will receive individualized training based on what they need to know to successfully complete project assignments. After the initial intensive term, students may continue to be a part of the program depending on the student’s interests and availability. For instance, students may continue to work on projects on their own time during a rotation. Students may combine on site work at UT with virtual work. Students may also return to the simulation center for multiple intensives if students’ schedules allow. And finally, students will have opportunities to continue to work on projects during the summer. And once students have graduated from high school, they may have the option to combine summer courses at UT with paid internships in the simulation studio regardless of where they matriculate to college.
During the intensive term at UT, each student will be assigned a mentor. All project teams in the simulation studio have a Faculty Mentor who oversees the team leaders. Our students will have one person assigned as mentor, evaluator, and liaison back to MVCDS.
To apply to the program, students should indicate their intention to take the UT/MV internship when they pre-register for classes. They should also complete the application form available on the US resource board on MyMV and submit that with their course registration form. A screening interview will be scheduled with a representative from the University of Toledo. Students will be accepted into the program before parent conferences at the end of April. If students are turned down, they will be given advice about how to gain the skills and experience they will need to be stronger candidates in the future.