Monday, June 15, 2009

Math Science Leadership Interns

I deal with internships all the time here at the Institute of Technology on the UW, Tacoma campus. These are generally computer science seniors who are interning and even in this economy they are usually sought after and well paid for the work that they do.

There is another set of internships that go on here during the Summer as well. Part of the outreach of the Institute is into the K-12 community, where we support students who are interested in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). One of the successful components of that outreach has been the Math+Science+Leadership Program (MSL) which has been held here on the campus during the Summer for several years. Starting with an inaugural cohort of 7th grade students who have shown an interest in STEM, it is now at full capacity and has cohort groups of students from 7th through 12th grade.

Each grade has a different emphasis for learning and exploration. The eleventh grade cohort group has one unique opportunity for the four weeks that they meet.

They get to intern for a total of twenty hours, with internship on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 4:00pm. Unlike the CSS and CES majors whose internships come at the end of their Bachelor of Science degrees, and which often turn into full time employment, these are internships that allow for students with an interest to get a sense of the work environment and wide scope of opportunities that come from an education emphasizing science and math.

They are paid for the twenty hours that they work through funding by a third party, so it is a chance of them to earn some Summer money as well.

If this sounds like an effort that you would like to support and your company resides in the South Puget Sound, contact the folks at MSL for more information.

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