PRESS RELEASE :: Girls In Tech Partners With Silicon Valley Internship Program

Katrina Jefferson
  • By: Katrina Jefferson
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  • Posted: May 18, 2015

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SAN FRANCISCO – Silicon Valley-based non-profit Girls In Tech is on a mission to help female engineers thrive.  In their recent partnership with Silicon Valley Internship Program, (SVIP), they’re focused on educating and connecting female engineers from all over the world to startups in Silicon Valley in their efforts to secure a one-year internship. GIT’s hope is to boost the numbers of women in the space and encourage them to continue their career path.

“It’s sad that the number of women who actually remain in the (engineering) field drops drastically only after a couple of years post-college,” says Girls in Tech CEO and Founder Adriana Gascoigne, “ We want to change the culture and the perception and we feel by partnering with SVIP, we can do just that.”

Are you a company who may be interested in impacting the global climate of female engineering?  If so, we’d love to learn more about you.  The process is simple. Here are the summarized steps:

  • SVIP finds and evaluates candidates.
  • SVIP processes Intern Visas.
  • SVIP will manage all logistics, including flights, bank accounts, first month’s housing, etc.
  • SVIP will run an educational program
  • YOUR COMPANY provides a role to the Engineer as a Full Time Development staff member
  • YOUR COMPANY provides a salary stipend + mentorship for the year

Sound flawless? It is. Visit: http://www.siliconvalleyinternship.com/about  to get more details on how to join us.  Traditionally, the SVIP has only been available to EU Citizens, studying in UK universities, but the GIT Partnership opens up applications to any qualified GIT member worldwide.  Successful applicants will enjoy a one year paid internship with a fast growing technology company in Silicon Valley augmented by monthly educational events where SVIPs meet with entrepreneurs, learn about specific aspects of the entrepreneurial value chain such as venture capital, company formation, sales, etc while developing their own ideas through monthly Hackathons.

Ultimately, the idea is to train the next generation of entrepreneurs who can return and contribute to the technology ecosystem in their homeland.  Silicon Valley Internship founder, Michael Hughes explains more in this short video: https://youtu.be/ntaIttMEgCU

There have been some great start up companies involved in this project. A list of the Alumni of start-ups who have helped make a difference through SVIP are:

We hope to encourage female tech developers from around the world to apply for the program.  The applications for the Class of 2015-2016 are closed, but applications for the Class of 2016-2017 will open in October of 2015.  For updates on application deadlines and more, follow the SVIP Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SVIPUK. Spread the word and join us to help win the fight in diversifying the engineering portfolio!

About SVIP

The SVIP gives newly graduating Software Engineering Students from the UK and around the world the unique experience of working with hot tech companies in Silicon Valley through a one-year internship. The aim is that through this experience, SVIP interns will bring a little of the Silicon Valley attitude back to their respective entrepreneurial communities.

About Girls in Tech

Girls in Tech is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of influential women in technology and entrepreneurship.  The organization offers initiatives and curriculums for women and girls including mentorship programs, business pitch competitions, online education and more.  

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