"I recently took a class on internal combustion engines. During the labs, when we were taking apart engines, I was reminded of the time in the Techbridge summer academy when I took apart a lawnmower engine and learned about how an engine works." – Juliana Velez
Techbridge strives to nurture an interest in STEM that will last a lifetime. Below are resources and information to help girls continue their engagement and interest in STEM, even after they leave the program.
Find a Mentor
MentorNet is an organization that matches students, postdocs, and early career researchers in engineering and science to mentors in their professions for one-on-one guided relationships.
Volunteer with Techbridge
Did you have fun in Techbridge? Want to inspire girls who are enrolled in the program now? Volunteer as a role model. Send us an email to learn how you can share your love of Techbridge and STEM with a Techbridge student.
Apply for Scholarships
The Society of Women Engineers offers scholarships in a variety of engineering fields. Applications are due Feb. 15 for the following academic year; entering freshmen have a May 15 deadline. Applicants only need to complete one application to be eligible for all awards.
The National Society of Black Engineers offers a variety of scholarships to their members. Memberships for college students are $15 a year. In addition to scholarships, their programs include job support, outreach efforts, and more.
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers offers scholarships to college and graduate students of Hispanic descent in 2 or 4-year programs majoring in science, technology, engineering, math, or a related field. US citizenship is not required. Applications are due May 1 for the following academic year.
Stay connected and find out about internships, scholarships, and Techbridge alumnae events through the Techbridge Alumnae group on Facebook.
Like our general Techbridge facebook page to see what Techbridge is up to.
Internships are an important step on your path to a career in science, technology or engineering. As an intern you gain valuable skills, build your résumé, ”try on” a career, and network with potential employers. Below are some important basics and helpful tips in searching for and getting the most out of your internship.
Why should you get an internship? They allow you to…
- Evaluate a company for potential employment
- Explore your interest in a specific career
- Apply theoretical knowledge to real world experiences
- Assess if you want to work in the public or private sector
- Add to your resume and get an edge over other applicants
Where should you look for internships?
- Contact your school’s career center
- Ask professors if they know of any opportunities
- Join networking groups (e.g. Society of Women Engineers)
- Research companies and apply online
What do companies look for in a potential intern?
- Passion: communicate that you really want to be there
- Drive: describe how you see things through completion
- Enthusiasm: demonstrate your desire to learn
- Team player: use good communication skills and be a self-starter
When should you start looking?
- Now—you can never start too early
- Postings for summer internships start as early as November
Important tips to get the most out of your internship
- Select internships that interest you
- Be a self-starter, don’t wait for others to tell you what to do
- Learn as much about the company before you apply
- Push yourself to your limits and step outside of your comfort zone
- Ask lots of questions
How do you build your network as an intern?
- Find a mentor in the company
- Check-in regularly with your supervisor
- Become friends with other interns
- Be active in the company’s culture