Dear Chamber staff,
This month, we're giving students the opportunity to flex their creative skills through several opportunities (tech internships, hacking sessions and digital media competition) we've secured with our partners!
Paid summer internship opportunities
There’s still time for students to apply! Learn more below.
Bixel Exchange has partnered with The Los Angeles Fund for Public Education's The Intern Project (TIP) to bring opportunities to LA HI-TECH students.
About the Organization:
TIP provides deserving Los Angeles high school juniors the chance to work in dynamic career areas through paid internships of four or more weeks during their summer break. Through TIP, students have worked in fields like digital media, entertainment, technology, healthcare and design. These experiences can level the playing field for many students in L.A. by empowering student success, thus changing the trajectory of their careers. Also, throughout these internships, TIP students document their experiences through videos and blogs.
TIP will accept applications for their summer cohort through Saturday, Feb. 20! Applyhere. Please ensure that your student selects "LA HI-TECH" when prompted to answer "Where did you hear about TIP?" in the application.
Keeping educators in the know of industry needs
Educators from several high schools and community colleges explored labor trends at a Jan. 15 professional development workshop hosted by LA HI-TECH at Santa Monica College. Participants worked in groups to examine data as it applies to their discipline and explore whether their classroom curriculum and certificates align with industry need. The program also featured an industry panel that included insight from our partners at General Assembly.
Hack for a better L.A.
Thursdays 6-8pm, Feb. 4–May 19
Help challenge the minds of youth interested in STEM careers! Civic Hack Hours -- a program run by Hacker Fund and Hack for LA -- is offering 16 free weekly hacking sessions to students of downtown Los Angeles area high schools. The afterschool program is dedicated to teaching students the technical skills needed to solve some of the city’s biggest issues using city data. Focus areas include an introduction to GitHub, open data APIs and open source projects. Each session, held at downtown L.A.'s Rhubarb Studios, will accommodate 20 students. Visit their website for tickets or more information.
Hall of Fame Films competition
Registration: Feb. 1-26; Competition: March 1-15; Screening: March 31
B~STEM Project and Women in Technology International are calling on all aspiring and professional female content creators age 14 and older to produce and submit a short film that, if chosen, could get its own red carpet reception and screening, with big industry professionals from NBCUniversal, BET Networks, Maker Studios, ESPN Films in attendance! Contestants will create a story piece that highlights leading women in technology, whether it be a commercial, music video or any other creative medium. Five finalists will be selected to attend the big screening event March 31 at YouTube Space L.A., hosted by YouTube stars Shira Lazar and Eva Gutowski (aka MyLifeAsEva). If you or someone you know is ready to take on a challenge (and connect with established leaders in the industry along the way), get started now!
TECH FOR THOUGHT
Next generation skills needed
Find out what former Google, Facebook and Uber employees and other industry leaders predict software engineers will need in their skill set in the next 5-10 years.
Would it be machine learning, computer languages or cloud computing?, Slate.com, 1.22.16
President expands computer science access nationwide
On Jan. 29, President Obama unveiled his plan to give students across the country the opportunity to learn computer science in school through the Computer Science for All Initiative, which provides states with $4 billion in funding and school districts with $100 million in his upcoming budget, and, beginning this year, invests more than $135 million to support and train computer science teachers through the National Science Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Computer science for all, WhiteHouse.gov, 1.30.16
Until we sync again,