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Join the CITRIS team and get your start in tech! CITRIS is hiring students for positions for Fall 2022.

CITRIS delivers high-quality content to campus, community, schools and industry through events and research programs. Join our team and get connected with health, aviation, ag-food-tech and sustainability. CITRIS is hiring for diverse technology programs, from student-focused engagement, middle school education, and general program management and communications. 

Review will begin May 10, Open until Filled.

All majors welcome to apply.

Contact Leigh Bernacchi, PhD at with questions.

Our currently open positions are:

CITRIS Student Lead


CITRIS seeks student to lead intern multi-disciplinary team. As the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society at UC Merced, we deliver high-quality tech-related program for students, community learners, and faculty. The successful candidate will possess and practice excellent communication skills, organizational processes and develop project management protocols for education, outreach, events, and research. 

*Providing the oversight and coordination of all student interns with CITRIS. 

*Highly collaborative organization will need participation and leadership, including agenda setting and annotating and assigning responsibilities, for CITRIS related meetings, keeping documentation updated and properly filed in Box, Teams, etc..

*Tracking and coordinating student intern availability for CITRIS events and and meetings and providing a schedule to the Program Director when requested. 

*Assisting with events sponsored or hosted by CITRIS as needed. 

*Developing messaging.

*Assisting with other CITRIS projects as necessary. 

CITRIS Videographer

CITRIS Videographer | UC Merced – School Of Engineering | Handshake (


CITRIS seeks a creative individual to make videos for YouTube and social media to share the research and events of our organization. CITRIS delivers a number of lectures that we would like to promote online and turn into shorter useful videos. We’d also like to promote team members, faculty and researchers and their research to a wider audience. The successful candidate will:

*Create compelling videos for CITRIS events, programs, projects, and initiatives

*Capture high-quality videos during events, programs, and projects

*Assist with maintaining CITRIS social media platforms with fresh video (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

*Maintain archive of all video files for historical and reporting purposes

*Provide support to department staff (Director, Associate Director, Program Director, and related programs)

*Assist with events sponsored and supported by CITRIS as necessary

*Coordinate with other campus departments and external partners as necessary

*Support other CITRIS projects as necessary

CITRIS Multimedia and Outreach Coordinator

The CITRIS Multimedia and Outreach Coordinator is the messenger of all research and outreach programs. The candidate will serve to produce images, graphics, videos, TikToks, Twitter messages and more to connect with student groups and engage community, industry and educational partners in our events, trainings and promoting our research. 

*Experience/willingness to learn Canva, MailChimp, Social Media

*Interest/Experience writing creatively and professionally

*Experience/willingness to learn to proofread and edit, take constructive feedback and apply it

*Assist in the creation of flyers, blog posts, social media posts and email campaigns

*Plan, attend, and execute events for targeted student and faculty audiences

*Communicate efficiently with event staff and all guests

*Engage greater attendance at events by tracking progress and additional details

*Assisting with events sponsored or hosted by CITRIS as needed

*Assisting with other CITRIS projects as necessary

CITRIS NexTech Educator

NexTech Educator | UC Merced – School Of Engineering | Handshake (


 *Teach the CITRIS NexTech Robotics and FLY CITRIS course program that teaches middle school students programming, design, drones and embedded systems. 

*Develop curriculum and schedule for introductory programming course and workshops (C and block-based) using VEX IQ Robots and Tello drones equipment. 

*Coordinate course program schedule with middle school teachers every semester and work with community partners to identify new options.

*Work with CITRIS team and fellow students with professionalism and excellent communication, developing new curriculum units

*Maintain current tech supply inventory and request replacement parts as necessary

*Provide support to department staff (Director, Associate Director, Program Director, etc) as necessary

*Coordinate with other campus departments and external partners as necessary 

*Support other CITRIS projects as necessary 

*Teach in-person, online, and on weekend in short or long sessions

Leigh Bernacchi, PhD
Program Director, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute
University of California, Merced

209-382-4216 | Sustainability Research and Engineering 313 | zoom | she/her

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