NCSA Internship Program for Cyberinfrastructure Professionals

Daniel Lapine, Volodymyr Kindratenko, Luisa Maria Rosu

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In 2017, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) established a pilot internship program for cyberinfrastructure (CI) professionals. The program, funded by NSF's Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) (award 1730519), was designed to address the shortage of a workforce with the specialized skills needed to support advanced CI operations. The program was envisioned to provide internship opportunities for individuals who want to gain first-hand experience in the CI operations at a supercomputing center, and develop and refine instructional materials to serve as a template that is openly distributed for use by other centers and institutions to train CI professionals. Program interns are selected from a pool of applicants with the main selection criteria of having a completed classwork equivalent to an associate degree and a demonstrated interest in a career in CI operations. Interns work directly with a group of NCSA engineers in one of the areas of CI focus to gain hands-on experience in the deployment and operation of high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure at a leading HPC center. The expectation is that interns will enter a workforce that will develop, deploy, manage and support advanced CI at other universities, centers, and industry to meet the needs of the national computational science research community across academia and industry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPEARC 2020 - Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing 2020
Subtitle of host publicationCatch the Wave
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450366892
StatePublished - Jul 26 2020
Event2020 Conference on Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing: Catch the Wave, PEARC 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Jul 27 2020Jul 31 2020

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference2020 Conference on Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing: Catch the Wave, PEARC 2020
CountryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online


  • cyberinfrastructure
  • HPC
  • internship
  • training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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