Students will conduct in-depth research around a variety of future scenarios ranging from transportation planning to healthcare services to the future of remote work, organize themselves into teams, and—over the course of the semester—determine and develop one concrete project per team to address issues, opportunities, and gaps within future planning scenarios. In addition to these future scenarios, fellows may have the opportunity to work on the design and development of community-oriented projects in and around Boston. Such projects would be more aligned with the design professions; however, they rely upon collaboration with non-profits in our area. These partnerships are still in development at this time.
Teams will utilize a variety of innovate tools and methodologies, including exploratory and inductive research, stakeholder and community outreach, human-centered design approaches, and data analysis and visualization to expand on and explore these topics. Each team will work regularly with a mentor and connect with faculty and external professionals from industry, neighborhoods, and government entities across diverse disciplines. A significant outcome of FutureLab will be concrete strategies and designs as well as a planned digital publication that can be shared with employers, alumni, and the greater Boston ecosystem.
In general, Future Lab Fellows would be required to be available, 9 am – 12 pm most weekdays, with additional group meetings and work hours agreed upon by each team. This is a full-time co-op and Fellow should be prepared to work a total of 30 hours/week.
Offers will go out on a rolling basis starting on May 3. Offers must be formally accepted and reported on WITworks and registered for on LConnect by noon on May 19, drop/add.
If a Fellow secures an external, paid co-op that starts by July 5, they may follow established protocols and exit Future Lab. This option must be approved by Future Lab faculty and the CO-OP + CAREER Advisor.
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• Employers will make offers continuously from May 3 until the morning of May 19.
• Students must apply via WITworks only – applications sent directly to hiring managers will not be considered.
• Offers must be accepted by morning of May 19. Please notify the supervisor as soon as possible if you will not be accepting an offer.
• This Creative Co-op may allow you to exit to a traditional co-op, if you find one and you notify the supervisor and your CO-OPS + CAREER Advisor asap.
• Co-ops will begin on May 24, 2021, which is the last day for co-ops to begin.
• These co-ops are full time, remote, and unpaid and are open to Summer 2021 mandatory co-ops only.
Please include a resume and a note in your application that answers the following 2 questions:
1. What intrigues you about this co-op?
2. What skills you can bring to this co-op?
Type your responses to these two questions in the Additional Notes section of your WITworks application.