Software Design Studio

SDS Interns

SDS Interns are current students who are interested in learning to design and develop real-world software with the guidance the SDS Coordinator and a group of technology experts –– mentors -- many of whom are Reed alumni.

During the spring semester, Interns learn fundamental software design skills and become acquainted with contemporary tools for developing sophisticated software.  In the summer,  –– from the end of classes to the middle of August –– Interns work in teams on projects that are intended to benefit the Reed community.  Projects ideas may be submitted by faculty, staff, students, alumni, or others.  During the fall semester, projects are polished, documented and, if appropriate, deployed for use at the college.


If you are a currently enrolled Reed sophomore or junior and are interested in learning software design and teamwork, the SDS could be right for you.

We are looking for students with low-to-moderate experience with programming, from those taking their first steps in Math 121 (Introduction to Computing) to those with more substantial prior experience with software development. The SDS will provide training and coaching to help you learn programming and team dynamics and pay you as you learn and work. Our primary goal is to enable students from all disciplines to learn how to work with others to develop technology that can benefit Reed in some way.

Expectations and Time Commitments
This program focuses on software development in a Mac/Linux environment; an appropriate laptop is helpful but not a requirement. SDS has a small number of loaner machines available. 

The program is fast moving and intense. During the spring semester, weekly meetings are held each Tuesday from 4:30 to 6:30pm and attendance is required. The program includes self-directed study as well as close work as part of a team. All SDS interns have access to the technologist in residence, mentorship from diverse sources, and SDS resources. 

Students applying to the SDS program should be aware that it requires full-time work during the summer and therefore cannot be done in tandem with research assistantships, internships, or similar commitments. SDS students are eligible to work up to 10 hours per week during the academic year and up to 37.5 hours per week during summer, spring, and winter breaks. As summer is focused on project development, all SDS students must be able to live in Portland for the summer, participate as a member of a project team, and work up to full-time hours.

Eligibility & Selection
Reed College sophomores or juniors are eligible to apply to the program. Some prior exposure to computer programming, whether through courses, independent projects, or work experience, is expected. SDS offer tutorials and workshops to help students expand and improve their knowledge of software design. 

Students selected as SDS interns may be invited to rejoin the program the following academic year as student mentors to assist incoming SDS students with their summer projects and the overall development of software design skills.  

Spring 2016 Cohort

Akrish Adhikari '18. French Literature

Revant Bagaria

Benjamin Black '18.  Math/CS

Chase Doremus

Alex Grant

Pachin Guevara '17 

Philosophy Junior. Would rather be a cyborg than a goddess.

Erin Howell

Laura Israel '16.  Psychology

Ava Kamb '18.  Religion

Rachel Kennelly

Jiahui Wei

Helen Zhang '18.  Math or Physics

Ziyuan Zhong '18.  Math/CS

Spring 2015 Cohort

Hank Gerba '16. Art History

Alex Grant '18. Mathematics / Computer Science

Isabella Jorissen '16. Mathematics / Computer Science

Joewie Koh '17

Jeanie Lee '16

Mitchell Linegar '17

Flozzie Randari '17

Haley Tilt  '16

Justine Wang '16