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Game Programming Intern - Remote

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HealthStart Foundation

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HealthStart Foundation

COMPANY OVERVIEW
HealthStart’s mission is to provide the blueprints for building healthier communities through children's health science education. We teach kids how their body works, what it is made of and how this relates to what to eat and how to keep their bodies healthy. HealthStart lessons also teach kids that taking care of one another and our environment builds community health and wellbeing.

HealthStart seeks an intern that will use their programming skills to help change the world for the better by helping us ensure the code behind our health education mobile game is standardized and can be easily built upon for further game development. Our Game Programmer Intern will gain experience in a variety of tasks that include game code development, game testing, and user testing.


RESPONSIBILITIES
HealthStart seeks a part-time Interactive Game Programmer intern with highly developed organizational skills, ability to manage their time, and creative talents. Interns work 12-15 hours per week under the supervision of the teams Project Manager.

The intern will work with a remote team to help develop Monstralia TM : A Healthy Life For Your Little Monster(tm) app from written design documents and wireframes. The intern may also participate in user testing which involves identifying ease of play, level of engagement, efficacy in conveying health messages, and opportunities for improving game play. Additionally, the intern will work with the team to fix design flaws and bugs identified during user testing. If their skills and interests enable them to do so, the intern also may be involved in actual design of the art, backgrounds, and animation related to the game.

QUALIFICATIONS
Candidates for the position must have experience/familiarity with programming, game development or related activities. A strong interest in gaming for good is preferred.

Required Skills:

  • Proficient using C# with Unity
  • Experience with Game Development
  • Basic understanding of object oriented programming
  • Ability to work with existing code
  • Ability to communicate quickly and effectively
  • Ability to stay organized and up to date with the various tasks and assignments.

Bonus skills:

  • Experience or a strong interest in health and wellness or early childhood education
  • Animation and/or illustration experience a plus
  • Experience creating illustrations in Illustrator or Photoshop.
  • Fluent in Spanish

Compensation
This is an unpaid internship.

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and portfolio (if appropriate) by email to Ben Covington at ben@healthstartfoundation.org on or before September 21st, 2020. Three references required. Candidates must be able to begin work no later than September 28th, 2020.

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About HealthStart Foundation

Location:

3710 Cedar #227, Austin, TX 78705, US

Mission Statement

VISION: HealthStart builds a healthier future for all through early childhood health education.

MISSION: HealthStart provides the blueprints for building healthier communities through children’s science-based health education

Case For Support
Our wellbeing is built on physical health, emotional happiness, safety, and meaningful work or activity. People feel safe when they do not expect either harm or hurt, emotionally or physically. Both physical and emotional health are key aspects of good health and wellbeing.

Teaching our children good food and fitness habits and the importance of taking care of each other and their environment sets the foundation for healthy communities. It is HealthStart’s equal focus on all three of these key aspects of good health and wellbeing that truly make our organization unique.

Description

HealthStart empowers kids to create a healthier future for our communities through early health education. Most people know that adult health is strongly correlated to early childhood health, but with roughly one-third of Texas children are overweight or obese. This does not bode well for the health of our communities. HealthStart exists to address this urgent need for programs to help our communities achieve a healthier future. The positive effects of adopting healthy habits young persist for a lifetime. HealthStart considers high-quality early health education as important to children’s future success as learning the ABC’s and 123’s. Our science-based, Health Education for Youngsters! (HEY!) curriculum stimulates kids’ natural curiosity about how their bodies work and about the nutrition and fitness habits needed to be healthy their whole lives. As a result, children become "health change agents," bringing what they learn home and more broadly into their communities.

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Health & Medicine

WHEN

Mon Sep 28, 2020 - Fri Dec 11, 2020

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Mobile Programming

GOOD FOR

  • Kids

REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants may perform their internship tasks remotely and participate in one monthly staff meeting, Monstralia team meetings via conference call (day and time TBD), and other tasks as assigned.

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