Phase 1 of 3: Will a LinkedInTM Jr. Optimize Internships for High School STEM Students?

  • Benjamin Fickes
  • Alexander Tam
  • Adithya Dattatri
  • Allen Tang
  • Alan Balu
  • David BrownEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9751)


Popular professional online networking sites, such as LinkedIn™, Monster™, CareerBuilder®, and others, focus on traditional jobs. Increasing demand for high school internships suggests an interest for an electronic networking database pertinent to high school opportunities [14]. In comparison to traditional methods of acquiring internships, such a database would provide increased accessibility and efficiency through an HCI conceptualized computer interface. Surveys were designed and distributed to stakeholders, an east coast, chartered high school (students grades 9–12, n = 132), businesses (n = 18), and parents (n = 143), to gather reactionary information. A Kruskal-Wallis, nonparametric algorithm found significant differences (p < 0.05) amongst the variables and eliminated errors due to a lack of homoscedasticity. The data found desirability, optimal implementation, and privacy concerns across independent variables. The degree that all stakeholders will feel comfortable in using a database to focus internship potential revolves about the efficacy, presentation, and portal attributes of the database.


Internship High school Networking HCI Database Survey Privacy 



This research was conducted at the Computer Science Department of The Charter School Of Wilmington. Special thanks to all individuals and businesses that partook in the survey and the administration of The Charter School of Wilmington for distributing the survey.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Benjamin Fickes
    • 1
  • Alexander Tam
    • 1
  • Adithya Dattatri
    • 1
  • Allen Tang
    • 1
  • Alan Balu
    • 1
  • David Brown
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Computer Science Research LabThe Charter School of WilmingtonWilmingtonUSA
  2. 2.Chair of Computer Science Department, Computer Science Research LabThe Charter School of WilmingtonWilmingtonUSA

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