2021 Summer Innovation Program
The 2021 MassDiGI Summer Innovation Program (SIP) is a twelve-week internship program that includes the mentoring, guidance, housing, stipends and game development tools** to help student teams finalize an original digital game and prepare it for launch.
- A chance to work on a game prototype from the ground up
- Work with a team of peers to help create the next big hit
- 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 industry mentors and faculty to help you – but in the end it is up to your team to build a successful game.**
- The 2021 SIP application period is open. Click here to apply.
- The application period will close on March 22, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET. Applicants will receive their acceptance, wait list or denial notification on or before April 2, 2021.
- SIP21 is scheduled to run from May 18 to August 15, 2021, though given current circumstances everything is subject to change.** Please read the FAQ’s before applying.
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 a typical work week for the entire duration of program – from May 18 to August 15, 2021. Certain eligibility requirements, as noted above and in the application, must be met.
The application process is very competitive. For example, last year 371 students attending 98 different colleges and universities from around the world applied for the 25 available slots. For more information on SIP20 please visit our blog.
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, 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 is the deal with a free place to live?
Becker College, MassDiGI’s founding academic partner, contributes housing on its Worcester, MA campus for SIP students in a residence hall.
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 stipend for your work.
What is a stipend?
Money. You will receive a stipend of around $2100. The exact stipend amount will be determined by April 15, 2021.
Where have SIP alumni gone on to work?
SIP alumni have gone on to work or intern at a range of companies and organizations including Sony, Google, 2K, Nickelodeon, Harmonix, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, MIT Lincoln Lab, EA, Amazon, Turbine/Warner Bros., Wooga, Blizzard, Uber, Pilot Studio, SAP, Wizards of the Coast, Wayfair, Filament Games, Epic Games, Rockstar New England, Magic Leap, Disney, Adult Swim, OtherSide Entertainment, Teach for America, Roosterteeth, Vivox/Unity, Zapdot, Insomniac Games, Epic Games, Hi-Rez Studios, Kongregate, Philips, Fanbyte, Niantic Labs, Zynga, Goldman Sachs, Wellington, Bungie, Disbelief, Legends of Learning, Zenimax, Proletariat and Hasbro or startup their own studios such as Zephyr Workshop, Snoozy Kazoo and Petricore Games.
What games have come out of SIP in past years?
Last summer, SIP20 teams created Danger Ducklings, Pluto’s Ascent, Raccoon Revenge, Merge Surge and Fostr, all of which are still available on the App and Play Stores. The SIP19 teams created Roller Riot, Bloom Blast!, Merge Critters and Save the Flame!, all of which are still available on the App and Play Stores. Roller Riot is on Steam, too. Prior year games can be found by searching for MassDiGI in the stores.
Do I have to be a student at Becker to participate?
No. The program is open to all college and university students who will be entering at least their sophomore, junior or senior year (and graduate students, too) at a regionally-accredited college or university.* In past years students from institutions such as MIT, USC, Carnegie Mellon, Smith, Champlain, Tufts, WPI, Mt. Holyoke, RIT, RPI, NYU, Wellesley, Swarthmore, Emerson, UMass Lowell, UMass Boston, UMass Amherst, UMass Dartmouth, Brandeis, Union, Colby, Hampshire, Union, Clark, Temple, Brown, Cornell, Bryn Mawr, Pratt, LYIT (Ireland), IUPUI, WIT, Northeastern, Lesley, SVA, RISD, Southern Maine, Penn and Berklee have been accepted.
How many students are accepted into the program?
We plan to accept 25 students into SIP.
* 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.
** Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of the above is subject to change including housing, stipend, remote work option, shorter 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 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.