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Historically Black University Created Its Own Tech Intern Pipeline

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Rose Shumba, right, chair of the computer science department at Bowie State University, helped set up a program that aided Roxan Rockefeller, left, a junior majoring in computer science.

Credit: Jason Andrew/The New York Times

Last year, the computer science department of Bowie State University, a historically Black university in Maryland, established an internship program in partnership with several companies and government agencies.

The department offers training sessions on interview skills, workshops on hot tech topics, and invites participating employers to visit campus, allowing them to mentor, interview, and recruit students directly.

Sixty computer science students last summer received internships at big companies, federal agencies, and local startups.

Additionally, six students returned from last year's Grace Hopper Celebration, an annual conference for women in tech, with internships or job offers from major companies.

From The New York Times
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