Year-Long, Paid Internships Offered to Female Engineers from Around the Globe
Currently, women are drastically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) careers and the numbers are decreasing – according to a 2015 report by the American Association of University Women, in 2013 only 23 percent of U.S. computing jobs were held by women, down from 35 percent in 1990. More specifically, just 12 percent of engineers are women. This report further suggests that widely held stereotypes and biases actively harm women in engineering and computing.
SVIP’s existing programs offer software engineering graduates one-year paid internships with high-growth tech companies in the Bay Area. During the internship, they learn entrepreneurial skills through a structured training program that includes mentorship, entrepreneur meet and greets and hackathons. The ultimate goal is for these interns to develop their technical skills and business ideas and absorb the Silicon Valley attitude with a view to contributing to their local entrepreneurial ecosystem upon their return.
With the new partnership with Girls in Tech, SVIP is both expanding its global reach and redressing the gender imbalance of the program’s existing participants and in tech overall. This year two of the 18 graduates taking part in the existing program are women. This group was selected from over 150 applicants of which only seven were women. With the GIT expansion, the goal is to at least double the size of the program and reach a 50:50 female-to-male ratio or beyond.
With this announcement, applications have opened for the SVIP class of 2016-2017 along with commitments from LoopUp, Guidespark, Coffee Meets Bagel, Bitnami and Valuation Metrics to participate in the programme. Applicants are invited to go to http://www.siliconvalleyinternship.com/GirlsInTech