Monday, November 17, 2014

$5000 scholarships/internships to improve tech diversity at Acxiom

 Getty Images from Wired.com article cited herein
No doubt you heard about the big techs like Google & Apple admitting their workplace diversity is woefully lacking. Most recently Amazon joined their ranks, too. They cite a number of reasons–for one thing, the tech-related programs like Computer Science, all over the country and including our very own MIS program here at SJSU, don't attract many women, try as we might. Just doesn't happen. But we're all trying.

One great example is Acxiom. They've just announced a pretty cool program to help support groups that have been historically under-represented in the information technology workforce–they're offering five scholarships for students in MIS, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, etc.–$5000, renewable up to 1 year and they can come with paid internships on top of the cash!

I don't know that much about the company but they say they're constantly being ranked as among the best to work at and I admire their commitment to actively strive for diversity with a program like this. Definitely worth putting in your app if you meet the criteria. Check their web page describing the program, including the requirements and application processs.

Note the deadline of December 31st. $5000 would make a great start to the new year...

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