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Two COSSPP Students Selected for Innovation Internships

December 11, 2017

Two students from the college are among the 14 chosen as Innovation Hub interns for the spring 2018 semester.

Danielle Hunter will be the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) intern and Hannah King will take on an internship in Social Entrepreneurship. Each will be responsible for providing insight and support for student projects in their area of expertise and support the general operations of the Innovation Hub.

Opening in January, 2018, Florida State University’s new Innovation Hub is the result of a $2 million investment from the provost to deepen FSU’s commitment to continuous innovation. Located at the heart of FSU’s campus, the Innovation Hub will fill the first floor of the Louis Shores building.

The 14,000 square foot space will include a design lab featuring a makerspace and virtual reality lab, collaborative workspaces, meeting rooms and program rooms that feature the latest technologies to support design thinking, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Faculty from across campus will partner in the Innovation Hub to provide students with cross-discipline expertise in the technology, tools, and techniques that fuel innovation to confront the vexing, complex and wicked challenges of our day.

Hunter is a student in the college’s Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS) program. EMHS has been collaborating with government agencies since 2014 to test how UAS devices, commonly called drones, can be used in emergency and disaster assessment, rescue and management. (Read more here.)

King is a junior majoring in international affairs and minoring in social and commercial entrepreneurship. In March 2017, she won the social entrepreneurship division of the annual InNOLEvation challenge sponsored by FSU’s Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship for her enterprise to to preserve the Mayan artisan culture through ethical partnerships with textile weavers and merchants in Guatemala. (Read more here.) In November she led a team to victory in the University of Florida’s Turkey Tank competition for their project to reduce the illiteracy rate in Haiti. (More here.)

The new interns were chosen from a field of 144 applicants.