Summer Interns Leave Their Mark on the AgeLab

Summer Interns Leave Their Mark on the AgeLab

One college and four high school interns worked on projects for the MIT AgeLab in the summer of 2018, helping to construct a new immersive space, collecting data to help boost research on livability measures of cities for older adults, and analyzing data from the MIT AgeLab 85+ Lifestyle Leaders panel.

Luke Ito, a senior at Newton South High School in Massachusetts, helped to build the foundation of an AgeLab project that will transform a room into an interactive immersive space demonstrating generational changes in the workplace over the last century. The space uses artifacts, iconography, and visualized statistics to distinguish between the working lives of Millennials, Gen Xers, Baby Boomers, and the Silent Generation, looking at differences in technology, workplace culture, the prevalence of different professions, and overall historical context.

Max Siegel, a junior at Brookline High School in Massachusetts, contributed to the development of the immersive space by crafting videos to be played within the space on a personal mobile device. The videos provide further context on generational mental models within the workplace and in general.

Hugh Brophy, a senior at the Princeton Day School, collected data from the 2018 AARP Livability Index, in support of ongoing research into the migration patterns of older adults.

Caroline Collins-Pisano, a recently graduated senior at Nobles High School in Massachusetts and a rising freshman at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, analyzed data that were collected at a recent 85+ Lifestyle Leaders panel about intergenerational programming, and was lead author on an AgeLab issue brief about findings from the panel. Caroline is a two-time MIT AgeLab-AARP OMEGA scholarship winner and returned to the AgeLab for her second summer internship.

The interns were supervised by Tulane University senior Lexi Balmuth, who served in the AgeLab’s summer college internship. Ms. Balmuth also assisted in the AgeLab’s ongoing student debt research project through data coding and analysis. The interns, as a group, were key contributors to the launch and development of several AgeLab projects—showing the unique potential of workers of different ages for sparking creativity and collaboration.