Social Equity Engagement geo-Data Scholars (SEEDS) Program

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The Social Equity Engagement geo-Data Scholars (SEEDS) Program is open to any students who participated in the Spring 2020 Big Data courses that focused on projects using the LA GeoHUB and working with local non-profit organizations. The intention of the SEEDS Program is to provide paid summer internships for Cal State LA students to work with non-profits and leverage their knowledge of the City of Los Angeles’ open-data portal. By the end of the program, we expect SEEDS to be well informed about the importance of big data and the challenges facing non-profit organizations and local citizens in big data literacy. We hope that this internship helps students promote civic engagement by gaining a strong sense of responsibility for democratizing big data and ensuring that data is shared, collaborative, and open to the broader community.

2020 Summer SEED Scholar Requirements/Contract

In order to become a SEED Scholar, you must agree to the following terms of agreement.

Summer Requirements

All SEED Scholars will check in weekly during the internship to report hours and discuss progress with the grant manager, Dr. Dawn Dennis ([email protected]).

Payment for this internship is $3000 for 240 hours of work scheduled between you and the nonprofit between May 15 and August 14, 2020. Payments will be distributed in two roughly equal installments. All reports and program requirements must be submitted before final payment.

Complete a weekly journal of your experiences and work activities at the nonprofit. Fill out a final assessment survey of your experience as a SEED Scholar. Turn in journal and assessment to Dr. Dawn Dennis ([email protected]).

Academic Year Requirements

Other program requirements for which you will earn an additional $400 during the 2020-2021 academic school year.

  1. Give a presentation to students enrolled in NSS 1001 (Introduction to Higher Education), Fall 2020 about your learning experience using big data, the LA GeoHUB, and working with nonprofits. Provide assistance to the Big Data Team with the Fall semester Town Hall event.
  2. Attend and participate in activities at two Saturday data science workshops on campus during the 2020-2021 academic year.
  3. Enroll and complete at least one (pre-approved) course during the 2020-2021 school year that allows you to use GIS to augment community outreach projects and civic engagement. These courses are designed to enhance your big data skills and literacy, and your ability to make scientific observations in the community. We will provide a list of courses for your reference.
  4. Attend the 2020 Big Data Community Public Forum Day to receive the final award/certificate for completing the SEEDS Program.


**To apply for the program, please fill out the application form below. The faculty recommendation form can be found here.**