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i3 Summer Internship & Research Program

iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) seeks to promote diversity in graduate programs and research. Application deadline: April 12, 2013. Please share with students of all majors.

The iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) is an undergraduate research and leadership development program that prepares students from underrepresented populations for graduate study and careers in the information sciences. Students undertake a year-long experience that includes two summer institutes held at the University of Pittsburgh and a year-long, virtual team research project. Students are immersed in special-topics workshops, professional development seminars, research projects, and network-building opportunities. i3 is held at the University of Pittsburgh from June 2-28, 2013.
How Do Undergraduate Majors Map to the Information Sciences?
The information sciences are focused on finding new ways to solve problems. We help people to discover better information, design and use better technology, and to make better decisions. Whether those problems are in business, medicine, education, the arts, or any number of other fields, information professionals are able to make a tremendous impact in their organizations and careers.
The information sciences range from highly technical to non-technical areas of study. Students interested in highly technical fields can learn about robotics, artificial intelligence, software engineering, cyber-security, and data analysis, among others. For those students more interested in the social sciences or humanities, the information sciences offers topics like game design, policy informatics, social media and blogging, business and project management, archives and preservation, information literacy and education, libraries, health informatics, and many more.
Who Should Apply?
  • Undergraduate students enrolled in an accredited college or university in the United States; students that have recently graduated may also apply
  • Students enrolled in any academic major; undeclared or undecided students are also welcome to apply
  • Students who have an interest in graduate school and research opportunities
  • Students who are open to exploring the information sciences and its many interdisciplinary fields
  • Individuals that can demonstrate a commitment to diversity and increasing opportunities for underrepresented populations
  • U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents
To apply, applicants must submit the following items:
  • Online application with essay questions
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official undergraduate transcripts
The application deadline has been extended to April 12, 2013. Students are encouraged to submit their application materials early to receive priority consideration. Admissions decisions will be made on a rolling basis. Students will receive an admissions decision via email within three weeks of completing their application.
Additional Benefits
During their stay at the University of Pittsburgh, students receive funding support and a daily stipend for their participation.
  • Full funding for travel, housing, and dining
  • $50.00 per day stipend for continued participation
  • Students may arrange for i3 to count as a for-credit internship at their home university/college
  • Upon completion of the program, i3 Scholars are eligible for scholarship opportunities at select graduate schools in the United States
The iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is hosted by the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences. Please direct all questions to Michael Depew at