University of Wisconsin-Madison

ITA

Sponsored by the UW-Madison Division of Information Technology (DoIT), ITA is an innovative, 4-year pre-college technology access and training program for talented students of color and economically disadvantaged students attending Madison Public Schools. The mission is to prepare students for technical, academic, and personal excellence in today's Information Age.

Lakoye Suiting Up
Lakoye Suiting Up

Each year, ITA competitively recruits 30 students in their final semester of 8th grade to participate in the program. Selected students receive four years of intensive training in preparation for high tech, IT related careers; in addition to intensive academic support in preparation for competitive University admissions and study. The Academy's dual focus on academic excellence and technological literacy prepares promising students for learning and leadership in the 21st century digital age, and continues the University of Wisconsin's long tradition of excellence and service.

Through hands-on training, mentoring, leadership development, community service, and internship opportunities, ITA students develop the knowledge and skills to increase their own, as well as their community's access to technology; while gaining valuable skills and experiences as future leaders and professionals.

Internship at IceCube

Thor trying on the coat
Thor trying on the coat

ITA places its participants throughout the community at internships during the summer. IceCube is happy to participate in this program and typically has two interns per summer. The students are usually entering their junior or senior years of high school and have been ITA participants for two years.

Communications and the IT departments at IceCube generally host interns. The Communications student intern helps find articles for social media like our facebook page, writes articles about topics of interest, edits photos, produces videos, and assists the communications department wherever needed. Interns working with the IT department also have a wide range of tasks throughout the summer like: responding to help desk inquiries, learning about the data transfer from the South Pole, testing website compatibility, and fixing and setting up computers for IceCube employees.