L.A. Tech Talent Challenge
About The Initiative
Los Angeles is the third largest tech ecosystem in the United States, and the fastest growing; however, talented but underrepresented L.A. youth, including community college students, don’t have access to medium to high-wage, skilled careers in this industry.
As part of the L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline partnership with Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Mayor's Tech Council, Bixel Exchange launched the L.A. Tech Talent Challenge, an internship program that reached its goal of placing 100 low-income youth in paid tech internships in 2017. The program connects underrepresented young Angelenos to stable and lucrative careers in the rapidly growing L.A. tech industry. Read the press release.
In the last year, companies engaged with youth in multiple settings to provide hands-on learning opportunities and inform them about the current tech landscape, skill demands, job roles and educational requirements.
Request for youth to submit applications for Summer 2018
Request for companies to submit applications requesting interns for 2018
First round notifications - Intern candidates will be asked to participate in phone call screener interviews with Bixel Exchange
Conduct mock interviews with Bixel Exchange
Feb. 26-March 9
Second round notifications - Intern finalists will be invited to phone interviews and in-person interviews by tech companies
Offer youth summer internships with tech company
Applications for youth close for Summer 2018
Process youth paperwork and pre-survey prior to internship start date
Bixel Exchange internship orientation
Summer 2018 (June-Sept.)
Internship at tech company
This summer, we want to double our internship goal by placing 200 diverse young adult interns at L.A. tech companies as part of the L.A. Tech Talent Challenge. Our aim is to provide more opportunities for L.A.'s young adults, many of whom are underrepresented in the tech community.
We are excited to share that Bixel Exchange's president, Sean Arian, was recently asked by Mayor Eric Garcetti to chair the Special Committee on Tech Talent and Training, part of the Mayor's Tech Council.
We already have commitments from tech companies like Snap, Cornerstone OnDemand, TrueCar, mitú, and Boingo Wireless to host our interns this summer. To reach our goal, we need a commitment from you as well. Smaller companies without internship programs already in place are encouraged to apply – please contact us for more information.