Students, faculty, and staff from the Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship Academy at a pitch competition.

IDEA Summer Program

An enriching experience for the young innovators and creators

What is the IDEA Summer Program?

The IDEA Summer Program aims to complement the academic rigor of the school year with a focused investment in practical skills such as problem solving and critical thinking over the course of a 10-week internship. The Summer Program matches students with an industry or community partner to work on a problem area of interest to the organization based upon their mission and/or philanthropic focus or area. 

Moreover, what makes this program different is that it not a regular internship that separates academic ambitions from the daily workings of an office but an opportunity to brainstorm, design, implement and sustain community-centered research and innovation, enhancing students’ ability to rely on a multidisciplinary toolkit for their future endeavors.

IDEA DFA Highlights 2022-2023 Demo Day

How Do I Apply?

Keep an eye out on Handshake for the applications at the start of the spring semester. Tune into our email newsletters on GetInvolved.

What's in it for you?

Interact with
Community Partners
Return On Investment
Stipend and Housing

Community Partner Spotlight: Unity Square

The Unity Square Community Center is operated by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen. It is located at the intersection of Remsen Avenue and Suydam Street, two major roadways within the city of New Brunswick, covering a 36-block neighborhood. Unity Square offers a diverse array of programs and services to address local issues, including but not limited to economic development, crime and legal work, and community engagement. The center also offers food distribution, temporary housing services, educational programs, and involvement events to strengthen and support the surrounding community.

Unity Square, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen
Unity Square, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen