Saturday, November 15, 2014

web content management support internship opp for....NASA!




Yeah, this is a dream internship but not just for the obvious reasons, eg. working close by (Mountain View) at NASA with super-smart people (hey, this really IS rocket science) on an uber-cool website.

What I really love about this opportunity is this line in their posting:
“Training, documentation and expert coaching will be provided to support the intern in learning and using the NASA CMS.”
That says a lot about a workplace. It means they “get it”–that students are bright and full of energy and ability but that they're also inexperienced and can't be expected to be experts on every tool being used at the site on Day 1. They know you need training and mentoring and they’re going into it expecting to provide that and help you grow into that “star” you have the potential to be.

So unlike many postings we see go by with long lists of specific software tools they want you to know already, these guys are looking for someone good (eg. smart, reliable–see more below) who has basic web skills & familiarity and who wants to learn and do a great job. Note (below) they say Project Management knowledge (your 119a course) is a plus.

Fortunately, another SJSU MIS student had the position before and really impressed them so now that he’s moving on, they're hoping for another and that could be YOU. (If you do get the job, we're all counting on you to impress them like he did, ok? Don't let us down.)

Another great aspect is this:
“This internship position is focused on learning and using the standard NASA internet portal content management system (CMS) to upload and manage content to be posted to various pages.”
CMS's are the right way to manage real websites for real organizations. They clearly “get it” about this too and it would be a great thing to learn if you have any interest in doing this kind of work for your career.

Clearly this is a class outfit and these are good people to work for/with–good role models for you. Not surprising, given that it's NASA, but good to see it confirmed.

Now get on it. They’re eager to hire someone before Thanksgiving if at all possible, so don't hesitate. But if you really can't start that early, then apply anyway because they know it will be hard to get students at this point in the semester and they may have to wait. In any case, apply now!

Here (below) is some more info from their posting and here’s the actual posting on their site.

Note that the hiring manager explained to me that the end date is set to March for now but she actually expects to retain the position for a full year, assuming things work out.

Ok, 3...2...1....GO!
Position is located at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View. This internship position is focused on learning and using the standard NASA internet portal content management system (CMS) to upload and manage content to be posted to various pages . The intern will be responsible for working with ARC Staff to identify, create and /or locate content, then post, coordinate, organize and maintain the website content. Image processing and work with the CMS will be required. Training, documentation and expert coaching will be provided to support the intern in learning and using the NASA CMS. 
Requirements: Seeking a smart, reliable, responsible, well organized, adaptable intern with website development, content coordination, and image processing skills. The successful candidate needs to understand and be comfortable in learning and using web content management systems, familiar with basic HTML coding and digital image processing. Graphic design experience and skills are desired, and knowledge/awareness of advanced topics involving Engineering, Science and Project Management are a plus. 

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