I Wish & park place technologies are offering a once in a lifetime experiences for girls in STEM.
I Wish, the movement to encourage more girls to consider science, tech, engineering and math courses and careers, has joined up with global data centre leader, Park Place Technologies, to bring two Irish college students to Ohio, USA on a summer externship in STEM. With flights, accommodation, expenses and $500 spending money added to the externship, it promises to be an experience of a lifetime.
Speaking at the announcement of the partnership with Park Place Technologies, I Wish co-founder Caroline O’Driscoll said:
“Girls tell us that they cannot be what they cannot see, and that has always been the driving force behind the I Wish events, which reached over 6,000 students this year. Through showcasing careers in STEM and female leaders in this sector, students begin to understand the possibilities and opportunities of a career in science, engineering and tech. The summer externship was the next natural step for I Wish, and we are delighted and grateful to Park Place Technologies and the IDA for their support in bringing this incredible opportunity to fruition. All I can say is, girls – apply today for this once in a lifetime experience in the USA!”
Applications for the 2-week externship, which will be based in Cleveland, Ohio and include a trip to Park Place offices in Boston, Massachusetts, are now open at iwish.ie and the closing date is 22 April 2019.
Chris Adams, President and CEO of Park Place Technologies said:
“Encouraging more women into STEM has long been close to our hearts at Park Place Technologies. Having opened our new Operations Centre in Cork in November, we’re delighted to be the first to partner with I Wish to offer female students in Ireland the chance to experience what a career in technology can truly offer them. We can’t wait to meet the competition winners and welcome them to our offices.”
Tanaiste Simon Coveney is also supportive of the new I Wish externship programme and commented:
“I’m delighted to share this innovative initiative that shows how serious Park Place and I Wish are about fostering STEM ambitions in Ireland’s young women. It’s true testament to the STEM industry’s commitment – alongside our government – to fostering a better gender balance in the STEM workplace.”
The 10-day programme will offer hands-on STEM work experience, engagement with expert mentors and the chance to learn about related career opportunities at the Park Place facilities.
To apply, visit http://www.iwish.ie/park-place-technologies-summer-externship/ before 22 April.