Fall 2021 Creative Co-op: Future Lab Information Session

Samuel Maddox and Faith Bade discuss what Future Lab is all about and how to apply. This Creative Co-op option (described below) is a full time, unpaid, all remote co-op with a team-based structure. It is open to all majors.

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 Future Lab 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 August 30. Offers must be formally accepted and reported on WITworks and registered for on LConnect by noon on September 14, drop/add.

If a Fellow secures an external, paid co-op that starts by October 25, they may follow established protocols and exit Future Lab with no gap between CAA and the work. This option must be approved by Future Lab faculty and the CO-OP + CAREER Advisor.

Majors – Intended for all majors. Eligibility: Students cannot enroll in Future Lab a second time. Direct questions to your CO-OP + CAREER Advisor.