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Fwd: FW: Swidjit Internship Opporunities

From: Elisa M.
Sent on: Friday, September 7, 2012 12:55 PM

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Rhett L. Weiss <[address removed]>
Date: Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Subject: FW: Swidjit Internship Opporunities
To: ENTREPRENEURSHIP-L <[address removed]>

Hey Folks,


Please see the email below about internship opportunities with Ithaca-based startup Swidjit.





Rhett L. Weiss

Executive Director

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute

[address removed]

Office: [masked]

Mobile: [masked]


Description: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute


From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Alex Colket
Sent: Thursday, September 06,[masked]:16 AM
To: Rhett L. Weiss
Subject: Re: Swidjit Internship Opporunities


Swidjit is gearing up for an exciting semester and looking for some help to make it happen.  We have a number of different needs including UX design, video production, marketing and graphic design (full descriptions below).  We are looking for interns who can commit to an average of 2-5 hours a week over the course of the semester, and are willing to do informal (for experience) or formal (for credit as well) internships, as long as participants are reliable and stick with what they start (deadlines for formal internships are fast approaching to act quickly if you wish to pursue this).

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to work with a local web start-up / social enterprise that plans on making big strides this semester and big differences in this world.  Working with Swidjit will give you a chance to put your skills to use doing something that matters, and something that will directly affect the people around you.  Furthermore, being involved at such an early stage, and being in direct contact with the CEO, you will have a chance to make a measurable impact on the business and product.  It will also be fun.

You would be joining a team of what will likely be at least 5 other interns doing various things.  For the most part you will work independently of them, but your presence would be appreciated at occasional group meetings, and in some cases there will be reason to collaborate with your co-interns.

Here are the positions we are looking to fill.  All are unpaid, except the first two if anyone happens to meet the requirements.

Position 1: Ruby on Rails Development
Desc: Assist/lead in developing new features and refining the existing one.
Req: 3+ years general programming experience, studying computer/information science (or related field), competence in Ruby, Rails framework & Javascript.  Bonus skills:  CSS, AJAX, jQuery
Time: 5-10 hrs/wk
Pay: $12-20/hr, depending on experience

Position 2: iOS/Android Development
Desc: Lead in developing Swidjit's first mobile app.
Req:  Portfolio of completed Apple or Android Apps. Bonus skills:  UX design
Time: 5-10 hrs/wk
Pay: $12/hr, depending on experience

Project 3: Graphic Designer
Desc: Develop graphics/layouts for web pages, apps, ad campaigns, t-shirts, videos and other materials.
Req: Versatility.  Strong eye for design and the artistic skills to make designs possible.  Familiarity with, and access to, standard industry software. Bonus skills:  CSS/HTML, animation/motion graphics, UX design. Examples of work required.
Time: 2+ hrs/wk

Project 4: User Interface Design
Desc: Assist in designing user interface for web & mobile.
Req: Passion for and experience with UX design. Bonus skills:  the ability to develop these interfaces (CSS/HTML, Javascript, jQuery, AJAX, etc). Examples of work required.
Time: 2+ hrs/wk

Project 5: Web Marketing
Desc: Swidjit will be beginning a comprehensive marketing push beginning around Oct.  We are looking for someone to help maintain our social media presence and generally trying to increase its visibility on the local web.
Req: Loves using social media, previous marketing experience. Bonus skills: social media marketing, community organization, SEO
Time: 2+ hrs/wk

Project 6: Marketing Agent / Press Liaison
Desc: Your job is to hunt down and secure opportunities for Swidjit to get its message out via other media outlets / organizations.  In other words, you would be responsible for trying to land interviews, articles, news coverage, talking spots, etc that will provide Swidjit with more exposure.
Req: Majoring in marketing or related field; strong writing skills & communication skills, assertiveness.
Time: 2+ hrs/wk

Project 7: Video Production
Desc: Swidjit will be producing a regular web series this semester to serve as part of our marketing campaign.  You will be working with an IC intern assigned to this project and together will divide the tasks required to turn scripts into vides on the web.
Req: Competence with several aspects of video production (filming, editing, sound, light, acting)
Time: 3+ hrs/wk

Project 8: Business Development
Desc:  Help prepare Swidjit to seek seed funding.
Req: MBA student or relevant experience raising capital or working in finance.
Time: 3+ hrs/wk

About Swidjit

Swidjit is an emerging social media designed to serve as a platform for everything local. It aims to harness the power of the mobile, social web to provide users with unprecedented access to the resources and opportunities around them, serving as a platform for the local economy and a hub for community information, events, and conversation.  By making it easy to discover and access the abundance of goods, skills, experiences, ideas, and people around us, Swidjit aims to facilitate a more collaborative, resourceful society.

Organization Name:  Swidjit, Inc.
Contact Person:  Alex Colket
Address:  PO Box 162 / Ithaca, NY[masked]
Phone:  (607)[masked]
E-mail Address:  [address removed]
Web Address:


On Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 11:15 AM, Alex Colket <[address removed]> wrote:



Could you please pass along these project descriptions to anyone interested in getting involved in the local web/tech/entrepreneurship scene.




Swidjit - Ithaca's Collaborative Economy





Swidjit - Ithaca's Collaborative Economy




Elisa Miller-Out - Singlebrook -[masked]

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