Overview: Student internships provide opportunities for students to gain experience in their field, determine if they have an interest in a particular career, create a network of contacts, or gain school credit. Internships provide the employers with cheap or free labor for (typically) low-level tasks, and also the prospect of interns returning to the company after completing their education and requiring little or no training (Courtesy: Wikipedia)
Impact: Gain real life work experience while still being enrolled full time student at an University.
Conclusion: The proximity of the Triangle area to North Carolina State University is ideal and the technical skills gained are invaluable. Students should look out for possible part time internships posting on the Computer Science listserv, to take advantage of the opportunities that pop up there.
Overview: Updating and adding new feature to STARS website.
Impact: Gives future members and the public a means of viewing what we (STARS) are working on.
Method: PHP based template for the web site.
Conclusion: As STARS grow we hope add more features to the website, such as a being able to view blog entries on the actual STARS people page.