2019 UMD Summer Internship Positions
( 1 ) Undergrad Student Position | $12 / Hour | 120 Hours Total
The undergraduate student intern will be responsible for exploring various cryptocurrency wallets and blockchain applications designed for mobile and desktop devices. Here, the objective is to help Chockablock better understand and catalogue the UI/UX surrounding the functionality of these wallets and applications. The intern will record and post these explorations to Chockablock’s blog and video hosting service as well as review findings / progress with the team during weekly meetings. The intern may work remotely as long as they are able to meet in person for an initial team meeting and remain accessible via Chockablock’s Discord or Slack channels during work hours. The initial team meeting will be scheduled prior to the week of June 3rd. During this meeting the intern will be provided a Chockablock email address, access to Chockablock’s Discord or Slack channels, and the equipment and training to complete their work. This equipment will be returned to Chockablock at the end of the internship. The intern will need to submit a photo and brief bio which will be added to Chockablock’s About page.
( 2 ) Graduate Student Positions | $15 / Hour | 120 Hours Total
The graduate student interns will be responsible for facilitating a usability study focusing on one or more cryptocurrency wallets. Here, the objective is to identify and understand the usability issues that arise when users, not familiar with cryptocurrency, interact with these wallets for the first time. The interns will help with the recruitment of participants, moderation of test sessions, analysis of participant recordings, and the creation of both video and written reports discussing the findings. Currently, the plan is to conduct the study on UMD’s campus (location subject to change). Therefore, students will need to be living in the area for the duration of the internship. Interns may work remotely when not on-site facilitating research or attending weekly team meetings as long as they remain accessible via Chockablock’s Discord or Slack channels during work hours. Team meeting locations will be either on UMD campus or in Baltimore. An initial team meeting will be scheduled prior to the week of June 3rd. During this meeting the interns will be provided a Chockablock email address, access to Chockablock’s Discord or Slack channels, and the equipment and training to complete their work. This equipment will be returned to Chockablock at the end of the internship. The interns will need to submit a photo and brief bio of themselves which will be added to Chockablock’s About page.
Interns will be required to allocate 20hrs / week over the following six weeks for a total of 120 hours. An initial team meeting will be scheduled sometime in May prior to the week of June 3rd.
Week 1: June 3-7
Week 2: June 10-14
Week 3: June 17-21
Week 4: June 24-28
Week 5: July 8-12
Week 6: July 15-19
How to Apply
Record yourself setting up and exploring the desktop version (not mobile) of one or more of the following cryptocurrency wallets listed below. It’s understood that you may not be familiar with cryptocurrency wallets. The point of this exercise is for you to act the part of both the participant and the researcher.
As the participant, you must engage in candid, think-aloud protocol - speaking your mind as you attempt to execute the primary task of getting the wallet(s) up and running. Be sure to point out things that confuse you. Further, feel free to use the internet for help - just make sure the researcher is able to observe that behavior too. Please note that you do not need to fund the wallet(s) with cryptocurrency. Bonus points for referencing any of Nielsen Norman Group’s 10 Usability Heuristics as part of your think-aloud protocol.
As the researcher, you must document (record) the participant’s interactions and commentary as they interact with the wallet(s) for the first time. Here, you’ll need to record at least the participant’s screen and voice. Bonus points for recording the participant holistically (facial expressions, body language, etc.). Further, you must make the final deliverable (recording) easy to view by any interested stakeholder (me). Bonus points for any added annotations that point out specific or interesting events in the recorded footage.
You are free to use the tools of your choice to complete this exercise. FYI - Both ScreenFlow (Mac) and Camtasia (Mac & PC) offer free trials and provide features for recording, combining, editing, and annotating multiple video feeds together. Further, Vimeo provides free plans for video hosting. If you need some inspiration, check out examples in the blog.
Submit video, resume, and current cumulative GPA to email@example.com by 11:59 PM EST on 4/26/2019.
Offer letters will be distributed on 5/3/2019
Direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org