HER Academy is taking a group of high school seniors to California to learn more about the tech industry. We’re looking to partner with companies interested in being a part of our tech company tour and/or in hosting one or two high school seniors* for a two-week shadowing opportunity in May. The students are all currently taking an AP computer science course and are thinking about a STEM major in college. The purpose of the tour and shadowing opportunity would be to expose young women to tech companies–showing them both what jobs and company culture would look like if they chose to go into the technology field.
*Note: All students are 18 and willing to sign NDAs.
To participate in the internship program, your company will need to provide a sponsor who will guide the student through the program at your company.
Sponsors need to:
HER Academy will provide students with two worksheets: one for team/project meetings and one for 1:1s. These worksheets will give students an idea of the questions they should be able to answer after the meeting and help them to focus their attention during the meeting. (Sponsors can feel free to modify these worksheets as necessary!) During any free time the students have, they should be compiling notes they’ve taken during meetings, preparing for their next meetings, and preparing a list of outstanding questions.
At the end of the program, students create a short presentation for their peers where they discuss what they’ve learned in the program. On their last day at the company, students should talk with their sponsor to make sure their presentation will not violate any company NDAs. (Students can always present on what they’ve learned in general (i.e. how companies find and solve problems) rather than the specific problems and solutions that were discussed at the company.)
Can’t commit to hosting an intern this year? We’re also looking for companies in the SF Bay Area to host our group for a tour and a short Q&A with the girls after! We’re especially interested in: