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Summer Internship: Debbie Lee ‘ 24


Name : Debbie (Seunghyun) Lee.

Class Year : 2024

Major : Psychology

Minor : Data Science

Hometown : Seoul, Korea

Internship Organization : LITS

Job Title : Digital Technology Intern

Location : Bryn Mawr, PA

Background

My name is Debbie Lee, and I major in psychology and minor in data science at Bryn Mawr College. I was born and raised in Seoul, Korea, and I spend most of my free time reading fiction, watching video clips of thriller movies, and making a personal map of my favorite restaurants in the world. 

What being a maker means to me

Many define a ‘maker’ as someone who handles and builds hands-on machines and crafts. However, a Maker is not limited to those in certain fields, such as engineering, computer science, or designing, but has more inclusive and comprehensive implications. Anyone can be a ‘maker’ as long as they have intentions to be a maker and a willingness to create something for themselves, others, and communities. Unfortunately, when I was younger, I had been told that I was not a good maker because of my lack of dexterity. Compared to my parents and relatives who study paintings, jewelry designs, and architecture, I considered myself a ‘deviant’ who does not possess any special skill sets to make something. However, I still felt interested and fulfilled by building codes, designing graphs, following universal design criteria, and handling hands-on technologies. My interest in making encouraged me to apply for the 2022 summer LITS digital technology internship. 

The goals of the DTI internship

Since the ultimate goal of the DTI internship is to increase the accessibility of the Bryn Mawr community, we first learned inclusive design thinking, which is a key factor in the creating process. It includes all members coming from different backgrounds. Products, websites, and services that are designed with inclusiveness and full of accessibility should not let anyone feel like ‘others’ when they use items. Inclusive design values the full range of diversity, including different races, cultures, disabilities, gender, age, and socioeconomic status. In this sense, other colleagues and I centered around the concept of inclusive design and applied it to every part of our projects, including Rearranging Makerspace and Rebuilding the Makerspace website, to improve the accessibility of the physical and digital space for community members who are eager to be makers. 

 Project management has been a facilitator to encourage team members to thoroughly understand the structures of projects, tasks to do, and future goals. As the LITS digital technology interns work on two different projects for 10 weeks, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between the urgent tasks that a team has to complete and secondary works. Therefore, after the discussion of the appropriate platforms to utilize for project management and decided to work on projects using Airtable, which is featured to manage different projects with organized tools and templates. With Air table, we developed plans to approach the ultimate goal by classifying a project into large-scale projects, sub-projects, and tasks and assigned priorities to improve efficiency and productivity. 

What excites me about the internship

Looking ahead to the next seven weeks of the internship, I am excited to focus on building a new website for Bryn Mawr college Makerspace. By researching on other makerspaces, such as Haverford, Swarthmore, and UPenn, we realized that the current website does not include updated information, and because of the lack of advertising, students are not fully aware of the way to access Bryn Mawr makerspace. Therefore, based on the research of other makerspace websites and what we learn from workshops for wireframing and drupal training, team members and I are working on discussing the design of a new website and social media accounts, such as Instagram and Facebook, and creating and organizing digital spaces to activate Makerspace, increase accessibility, and outreach to Bryn Mawr members.