Start date: January 2024
End date: May 2024, with possible extension
Time Commitment: 10-15 hours/week, additional hours may be available
Pay Rate: $20/hour
Contact: Katie Gathright, Internship Coordinator, email@example.com
To Apply: Submit application and resume at the following link: https://jefferson.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/External/job/Golden/Business-Intelligence–Innovation-and-Digital-Transformation-Internship_R-2868
About our Innovation Internship Program:
Jefferson County’s Innovation Team hosts a cohort of motivated interns each fall, spring, and summer semester. Our Innovation Interns research, evaluate, design, and implement new technologies for use across the county. The interns work together to develop business cases and prototype solutions to transform government services. We strive to build a strong community, even within a remote environment, and provide many opportunities for mentoring and networking. In addition to the work you’ll do, you’ll get to know your fellow interns through a variety of collaborative projects and social events.
About the Project:
Our Innovation Team is seeking interns to explore new ways of delivering services through the deployment of emerging technologies. These interns will research new technologies, create business cases, and potentially prototype solutions that improve services at Jefferson County.
Previously, interns have completed projects based on emerging technologies such as robotic process automation and digital voice assistants. For the Spring 2023 Semester, we are still in the process of identifying challenges. Here are some examples of problems that current interns are tackling to give prospective candidates an idea of the types of challenges we have.
- How might the county leverage biometric authentication to improve efficiencies and enhance security?
- How might we leverage PowerBI to enhance business intelligence related to Cybersecurity related threats, opportunities, and risks?
- How might we utilize gamification to enhance employee engagement and learning within the context of training?
- How might we automate repetitive tasks that take away time from more pressing activities for our employees?
Specifically, the Innovation Intern working on our Emerging Technology challenges should expect to:
- Conduct exploratory research on specific cutting-edge technologies to learn about best practices, potential applications, and industry trends.
- Prepare a complete business case outlining potential benefits and drawbacks, use-cases, implementation plans, and value proposition for transformational technologies.
- Prototype solutions, which may entail UX/UI design, coding, app development, etc.
- Deliver a final presentation to leadership covering project, outcome, and experience.
We’re looking for an ambitious problem-solver to jump in and contribute to our Innovation team. In this role you will research and evaluate emerging and cutting-edge technologies for potential use in government.
Generally, we’re looking for students with the following experiences or skills:
- Currently enrolled and pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
- Interest in the intersection of technology and how companies/organizations deliver high quality services.
- Interest in and some experience preparing and delivering presentations.
- Growth Mindset – Do you see obstacles not as roadblocks but as opportunities to get creative, think outside the box, and problem-solve? We’d love to hear about a challenge you’ve had to overcome!
- Proficient in using Microsoft Office Suite
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Adaptable as both a supportive team player and leader
About the Innovation Team:
The Innovation Team is housed within Jefferson County’s Business Innovation and Technology Department. We work to build a culture of innovation by championing new and inventive ways of serving internal and external customers, rewarding employee led discovery and inventive actions, and encouraging thoughtful risk-taking. Our goal is to improve the way the government operates by supporting business process and technology improvements.
We operate a series of projects and programs such as process improvement training and facilitation, innovation programs and internships, technology evaluations, and project management of select service improvements.