This program is open to all undergraduate students who have an interest in learning more about STEM technologies, which can be applied to all majors and areas of study. No prior experience is required. Our program provides a unique opportunity where students will:

  • be assigned research opportunities and hands-on experience earlier in their academic career

  • gain real world experience that will strengthen their resume with employable skills

  • create networking opportunities with other students, mentors, professors, and industry professionals

Some of the projects that our undergraduate students have worked on include, but are not limited to: 

  • Virtual Reality – work on an avatar team to develop virtual reality projects such as our Mission to Mars, etc.

  • Artificial Intelligence Fundamentals - a very challenging project-based introduction to Artificial Intelligence Fundamentals for students with some computer programming background and experience with college-level mathematics.

  • Telepresence Robotics - for onsite teams, gain hands-on experience with a humanoid robot.

  • Cybersecurity Fundamentals– learn basic cybersecurity and apply it to create a cybersecurity game in virtual world.

  • 3D Printed Drone Engineering – gain experience as an avatar in “drone” engineering design principles.

  • Wearable Technologies – explore wearable technologies for medical, music, fashion or other applications.

From the available options, we selected the OpenSimulator (“OpenSim”) platform, primarily because it is a free and open-source option. All that is needed to connect to our virtual 3D campus is a computer, internet access, and an approved avatar account. We selected Deep HoriXons (DHX) because it is:

  • a safe and secure environment for the students - private and monitored

  • convenient and flexible - virtual world is accessible all the time

  • students can participate and network from home, library, computer labs if necessary

  • cost efficient - allows students from multiple locations to participate individually or in group settings together, eliminating the costs associated with travel

  • one location where the students can save and post progress of their work


To help visualize the value of our 3D virtual campus and the projects that have been done in OpenSim, please take a minute to watch the short, 3-minute YouTube videos put together by previous students who participated in the internship as part of a previous program under the executive director.  Please note that the title slide information will reflect the previous program, and as such does not contain valid contact information any longer.

“A meaningful experience.”

"It was with Discovery Lab Global where I recognized and built my competitive professional skill set. I was given the freedom to go out and solve exciting real problems involving Data Analytics. I worked in teams and was able to act as a leader among my peers, as well as collaborate in small sub teams so that we could make progress on the project at hand. Some of my teammates would later become my best friends. Through the internship I also had to communicate clearly and quickly with those around me.  Discovery Lab Global provided me with a meaningful experience and pushed me to develop a competitive skill set."

— Ethan A.