Summer Innovation Program

The 2014 MassDiGI Summer Innovation Program (SIP) is an eleven-week internship program that includes the mentoring, guidance, housing, stipends and game development tools to help student teams finalize an original video game and prepare it for launch.

  • A chance to work on a game prototype from the ground up
  • Work with a team of students to help create the “next big thing”
  • Industry mentors to help guide you
  • A free place to live and a stipend

This is not just another internship but a chance to hold the fate of a game in your hands.  There are mentors and faculty to help you – but in the end it is up to your team to build a successful game.

The 2014 SIP application period opens in January 31 and closes March 21 at 11:59 p.m. Successful applicants will be informed on or before April 7.

The 2014 SIP runs from May 20 to August 8. Please read the FAQ’s before applying.

  • New! The application period is closed. 

FAQs

Who can participate?

The Summer Innovation Program is open to students who will be entering their sophomore, junior or senior year (and graduate students, too) at a regionally-accredited college or university. Students must be able to commit full-time to the program i.e. a typical work week. Certain eligibility requirements, as noted above and in the application, must be met.

The application process is competitive. For example, last year 84 students from 24 different colleges and universities applied for 21 available slots. For more information on the 2013 program please click here.

What disciplines can apply?

Students studying game design, development, programming, animation, art, production and computer science will make up most of the teams, but there is room for marketers, writers and musicians too.

What will you build?

MassDiGI works with a number of sponsors that are building everything from mobile entertainment games to educational titles.  You will work on a team focused on one title – though you will have a chance to help out on some of the other titles.

What is the deal with a free place to live?

Becker College, MassDiGI’s founding academic partner, contributes housing on its Worcester campus for SIP students in a residence hall/dormitory.

Wait, does this include food?

No, we do not have the ability to provide meals on campus. There are a number of local restaurants and grocery stores as well as kitchen facilities in the residence hall/dormitory.

What does this cost?

Nothing. In fact, you will receive a modest bi-weekly stipend for your work.

What is a stipend?

Money. You will receive around $175 per week. The exact stipend amount will be determined by April 30, 2014.

Do I have to be a student at Becker to participate?

No. The program is open to all college students who will be entering at least their sophomore, junior or senior year (and graduate students too) at a regionally-accredited college or university.

How many students are accepted into the program?

We plan to accept  between 20-22 students.

 

Are you a company looking to sponsor the program? All sponsors receive:

  • Branding on the MassDiGI website and at events
  • Opportunity to provide inserts for attendees to the Game Challenge event
  • Prominent branding in all messaging related to the program
  • Invitations to the SIP Open House
  • And more!

Please contact Monty Sharma (monty.sharma(at)massdigi.org) if you would like more information on SIP or sponsorship.

 

  • What people are saying…

    This past summer was, without a doubt, the most productive, amazing, incredible, fun time I have had in my college life. I can’t thank MassDiGI enough for the experience it allowed me to have with the other incredible artists and programmers I was able to meet and work with. The staff and every mentor who stopped by helped us believe in ourselves and created a fantastic game dev environment for all of us. If there’s one thing I learned from this program, it’s that you won’t discover what you are capable of until you just go out and try your best at something.
    Renzo Heredia, Berklee College of Music '15 and SIP '14
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