The MassDiGI Experience Program (XP) is a special eleven-week virtual internship program that includes the mentoring, guidance and stipends to help teams of primarily recent college and university graduates (though current college and university student may apply) work on the development of an original digital game and prepare it for launch.
- A chance to work on a game prototype
- Work with a team to help create the next big hit
- Industry mentors to help guide you
- A modest stipend
This is not just another internship but a chance to hold the fate of a game in your hands. There are industry mentors and staff to help you – but in the end it is up to your team to build a successful game.**
- The XP2 application period is open through April 23, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET. Applicants will receive their acceptance, wait list or denial notification on or before May 7, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET.
- XP2 is scheduled to run from June 7 to August 20, 2021, though given current circumstances everything is subject to change.** Please read the FAQ’s before applying.
MassDiGI XP is funded in part through a CARES Act grant from US EDA as part of its University Center program. MassDiGI XP is expected to run 3 or 4 times – XP1, XP2, XP3 and, perhaps, XP4. Dates related to the latter all are posted here.
Who can participate?
The Experience Program (XP) is open primarily to recent graduates though current students from regionally-accredited colleges or universities may also apply.* All must be able to commit full-time to a typical work week for the entire duration of XP.
The goal of the program is to provide a high quality opportunity for those who may have had their early career path disrupted by the pandemic.
The application process is expected to be very competitive. For example, in SIP, a similar program, 253 students attending 66 different colleges and universities from around the world applied for the 25 available slots.
What disciplines can apply?
Recent graduates and students studying game development, design, programming, animation, art, production and computer science will make up most of the teams, but there is room for marketers, writers and musicians, as well as others, too.
What will you build?
In addition to team-generated projects, on occasion, MassDiGI also works with a number of sponsors that are building everything from mobile entertainment games to educational titles. You will work on a team that is focused on one title – though you will have a chance to help out on some of the other titles.
What does this cost?
Nothing. In fact, you will receive a modest stipend.
What is a stipend?
Money. You will receive $850 for XP.
Where have MassDiGI alumni gone on to work?
MassDiGI program alumni have gone on to work or intern at a range of companies and organizations including Sony, Google, 2K, Nickelodeon, Proletariat, USA Today, Harmonix, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, MIT Lincoln Lab, EA, Amazon, Turbine, WB Games Boston, Wooga, Uber, Pilot Studio, SAP, Wizards of the Coast, Wayfair, Filament Games, Epic Games, Magic Leap, Disney, Adult Swim, OtherSide Entertainment, Teach for America, Roosterteeth, Vivox, Unity, Zapdot, Brightcove, Jibo, Insomniac Games, Zenimax, Hi-Rez Studios, Kongregate, Philips, Fanbyte, Niantic Labs, Zynga, Goldman Sachs, Wellington, Bungie, Disbelief, Legends of Learning, Manticore, Genvid and Hasbro or startup their own studios such as Zephyr Workshop, Starcap Games and Petricore Games.
Do I have to be a recent graduate or student at Becker to participate?
No. The program is open to all recent graduates as well as current college and university students at a regionally-accredited college or university.*
How many recent graduates and students are accepted into the program?
We plan to accept 20-25 into XP. All accepted into XP must have their own computer and access to the internet.
* The regional-accreditation requirement may not apply for applicants enrolled in non-US institutions. International students must handle their own visas and documents as required.
** All of the above is subject to change including stipend, virtual option, duration etc.
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 Open House
- And more!
Please contact Monty Sharma (monty.sharma(at)massdigi.org) if you would like more information on SIP or sponsorship.