Important Announcements

2024 FL-DSSG Program Started!

The 2024 summer internship program runs from June 3 to August 23, supports 12 interns, and four community partners. Please follow the below link for more information about the 2024 FL-DSSG Summer Internship Program.

FL-DSSG Program  

FL-DSSG Project Orientation Event

FL-DSSG Project orientation meeting wiil be held on Tuesday, June 4, 9 AM to 11 AM at the UNF Building 15 (Room 3120), Jacksonville, FL 32224. At the meeting, community partners will be introduced to student intern teams, mentors, faculty fellows, advisory board members, industry sponsors, and others involved with the FL-DSSG program.

Seeking Support for 2024 AI4Good Hackathon

We are seeking sponsorships to support 2024 AI4Good Hackathon activities. AI4Good Hackathon is a 48-hour event that brings together students from Universities in Northeast Florida region. The hackathon will be held during third weekend in September at The Link in Ponte Vedra. Donations received will be used to support food and refreshments for hackathon participiciants and award prizes for winners. This year the hackathon will focus on FinTech problems with specific focus on wire fraud crimes including apartment scams. For donations of less than $5000, please follow the below DSSG Give link. For donations above $5000, please contact DSSG program directors.

DSSG Give   Program Directors  

About DSSG Program

The Florida Data Science for Social Good (FL-DSSG) program blends data science and technology design to inform and solve important social problems in Florida. We intend to accomplish this goal by partnering with non-profit and public sector organizations in Florida, analyzing their data, and finding impactful solutions to social issues. The FL-DSSG program provides internships for students from diverse disciplines to work on these data science projects along with our community partners. Non-profit and public-sector organizations receive data analysis and visualization reports supporting their work in the Florida communities. Florida DSSG is hosted at the University of North Florida (UNF).

The DSSG program is inspired and modeled after successful programs in Chicago and Washington.

The FL-DSSG program at UNF is spearheaded by Dr. Dan Richard, Associate Professor in Psychology, and Dr. Karthikeyan Umapathy, Associate Professor in Computing. Drs. Richard and Umapathy have over a decade of experience with data science projects and helping non-profits. Dr. Richard has been helping various non-profit/government agencies with data analysis and interpretation of the results. Dr. Umapathy has developed custom technology solutions for several non-profit/public-sector organizations to improve their program efficiencies. FL-DSSG was formed in 2017 with a seed grant from the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida to pilot the summer internship concept.

Program Mission

DSSG program promotes data-informed approaches and partners with agencies in Florida to solve social problems by:

Tribal Motto:  

We are social trustees of knowledge with a unique capacity to do social good.

Seeking Sponsors

We are seeking donations to support DSSG program activities. The FL-DSSG program attracts talented students from computing, statistics, social sciences, business, and health disciplines to develop data science solutions for wicked social problems. The FL-DSSG program supports interns and public sector organizations to deliver high-impact, data-driven projects for social good.

We are seeking foundation and industry sponsors who share our vision, aim, and values. Sponsors continue to benefit from the program's reputation and social impacts made long after the summer internship ends.

Donations of $5000 and less

  DSSG Give   

Foundations and Industry Sponsors

  Contact Program Directors    

Get Involved!

Community Partners

Are you a nonprofit or a public-sector organizaton? Do you want to make data-driven decisions? Submit your data science project proposal.

Project Partner

DSSG Fellows

Are you a student interested in gaining real-world data scientist work experience? Submit your application for paid summer internship.

DSSG Internship

Data Science Professionals

Are you an experienced data scientist? Do you have experience with data-driven social impact projects? Submit your application to mentor DSSG interns.

DSSG Sherpas

Are you interested in supporting FL-DSSG in other ways, please contact program directors.


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