Cyon Research, a software industry analyst firm, is extending this unique internship
opportunity to Arizona’s best and brightest young talent. This is the second
year where Cyon Research will award a full COFES Internship to two exceptional students
who have demonstrated extraordinary aptitude and drive for science and technology
to participate as an intern in COFES and gain valuable insight and networking contacts,
all the while demonstrating their skills and preparedness for a career in these
This is a tremendous opportunity for eager youth to be introduced to key industry
executives, analysts, designers, engineers, and many other influential professionals.
COFES Interships for FIRST FRC Students
COFES takes place against the breathtaking backdrop of Scottsdale, Arizona and is
a highly prestigious, much-anticipated event. Participation at COFES is by invitation
only and is limited to 240 senior executives, many from the companies that support
FIRST. COFES Interns have shared a breakfast table with Carl Bass, CEO of
Autodesk; Bertrand Sicot, CEO of SolidWorks; and Mike Riddle, the man who wrote the
first AutoCAD. You might sit in on a discussion and hear Jon Hirschtick, co-founder of both Onshape and SolidWorks, or Manu Parpia, CEO of Geometric. These folks are not our speakers –
they’re been our attendees.
To see who’s going to be there, take a look at
http://cofes.com/participants. To see what they’re going to be doing,
take a look at http://cofes.com/agenda. And
to get a flavor of the event, take a look at http://cofes.com/photos.
The COFES FIRST Internship
This is your time to shine!
You will be responsible for helping us put on the event. In exchange, you get the
opportunity to rub elbows with current industry leaders, and hear and see what is
going on during the event.
According to an intern from COFES:
“Volunteering as a conference intern provided me with the opportunity to connect
with industry experts right away. Even before the conference had started, I had
the opportunity to sit down with some of the early pioneers of engineering software.
I worked alongside incredibly talented students from other universities to help
setup the event, had great fun and made friendships along the way. The conversations
and connections I made were of relevance not only to my academic research, but to
my professional development as well."
Fill out the form at http://apply.cofes.com
by Monday, February 22, 2016
APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22 WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
Because this is the form used for ALL applications to COFES, you must enter “FIRST
INTERNSHIP” in the notes section so that we can identify you as an internship
In addition to the contact information, you must respond to the first and last questions.
Questions two and three are optional. For the last question, please provide us with
the name, phone number, and email of a teacher or mentor who has worked closely
with you and can speak to your abilities and character, and why they believe you
should be a part of COFES.
We will base our award on your response to the first question, but we may also consider
your other responses, if provided.
On Monday, February 29, we will contact the references of the top two or three candidates
and, once we have verified their status, we will notify the awardees.
- Unfortunately, our current situation does not allow us to offer this award to students
of all ages. We hope to address this issue for next year. In the meantime, you must
be at least 18 years of age as of April 6, 2016 in order to be eligible for the
- We must receive your application no later than February 22, 2016.
- You must be available to be at the event from noon, Wednesday, April 6, through
6 pm Sunday April 10.
- We will provide you with housing, meals, official shirts, and a wonderful opportunity.
You must be willing to lend a hand when asked and to follow direction.
- You will be responsible for your own travel to the resort.
- Cyon Research does not have the resources to handle phone calls from prospective
applicants. If you have a specific question that has not been addressed here, please
send an email to FIRST@cofes.com and we will do our best to reply promptly.
The FIRST Internships are limited to current FIRST FRC team students and their mentors
who were on a FIRST FRC Team last year as a high school student and who are now
continuing their education at a university or college.
About Cyon Research
Cyon Research is a thinktank with deep expertise in the engineering and design software
community. In addition to COFES, Cyon Research provides strategic vision for its
clientele the user and vendor community, with a specific focus on the near- and
mid-term future (2-6 years out). The firm’s analysts have a combined 400+
years of industry experience, and include individuals who have created major inventions,
including the floppy disk, and the PLC (programmable logic controller); founded
national organizations and publications, including the National Computer Graphics
Association, Computer Graphics World, Computer-Aided Design Report, and Engineering
Automation Report; and led major companies in our industry, including Applicon,
MSC, SDRC, and Xanadu.