Makerspace Internship: Tampa Bay Area

Westlake Christian School Makerspace Internship



Westlake Christian School is a K-8 school in Palm Harbor, FL (in the Tampa Bay area) with enrollment of approximately 390 students. Westlake will soon add another building to its campus, and is planning a 914 sf makerspace in the building. Westlake is offering an internship to an FSU graduate student interested in participating in planning that makerspace and how it will be managed.

The intern will work directly with the Director of Technology and the Media Specialist at Westlake. The required work can be performed remotely. Weekly video calls will assure all relevant parties stay connected, and at least one in-person visit (at Westlake expense) may be required to allow the intern to present the plan for the physical space to the building-approval team.

This internship will occur during the Spring ’19 semester (1/7/19-5/3/19). The presentation to the building-approval team will occur in early March ‘19, with plan revisions due at the end of that month. The plan for managing the space should be complete by May 1. The makerspace will include certain items already owned by Westlake, including our Makerbot 3D printer, finishing tools for 3D prints, Mindstorms robotics kits (12 kits), one cart of Google Expeditions VR goggles, plus a variety of laptops and tablets.

The iSchool will work with Westlake and the candidate to identify how many credit hours will be earned.


  • Plan the makerspace, including furniture, fixtures, equipment and storage.
  • Plan how the makerspace will be managed.
  • Gather relevant input from the Director of Technology and Media Specialist.
  • Deliver weekly updates for the DoT and MS regarding progress.
  • Present plan for the makerspace to the building-approval team. Incorporate any suggestions from that team into the final plan.
  • Deliver plan for managing the makerspace.




  • Currently enrolled in FSU MS in Information program.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills.
  • Can work independently and as part of a remote team.
  • Can create and edit visual media.
  • Has personal technology and Internet access.


  • Knowledge of makerspace best practices.

Good to Know:

The DoT at Westlake is a 1987 FSU CCI graduate who is very involved with the college. For the candidate interested in targeting K-12 schools upon graduation, this internship will provide a rich opportunity to secure not only valuable experience, but also some tangible plan items that could prove useful to hirers.

Westlake’s website is