Frequently Asked Questions
Can I get academic credit for this virtual-internship?
If your school or college awards academic credits for internships, we can work with your school to arrange for academic credits for your participation. All accepted interns will be provided a standard offer letter. We are unable to accommodate any requests for individualized offer letters.
Do I need work authorization for these internships?
These are educational internships and as such you DO NOT need US work authorization.
Help, I made a mistake on my application!
If you made a mistake on your application, please fill out the application form again. Your most recent entry will be considered.
Do I have to pay for this virtual-internship?
There is absolutely no cost associated with our internships. Depending on the pathway, you may be asked to create an account or download resources. However, please note that custom paperwork of any kind is not included.
Will I get paid for this virtual-internship?
This is an educational internship and as such, there is no compensation associated with completing an internship at STEM-Away. We hope you can use this experience to launch into your next endeavor! Our alumni have secured jobs and internships in top companies including Amazon, Google, Meta, Microsoft, NASA and many more. And our younger alumni have been accepted into many top colleges including Berkeley, Georgia Tech, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Yale.
Are these client projects?
STEM-Away® projects are not client projects. There is no delivery commitment from student teams. Companies are sponsoring projects/tools to form a connection with our student community.
How can I prove that I’ve completed an internship?
At the end of the project, each participant will be issued a certificate covering skills & tasks. The Mentor Chains® certificate is a living document during the duration of the project with periodic reviews done by the team. Final entries are signed off by the Project Lead. Certificates can be shared directly on LinkedIn using the share button under the topic.
What is the time commitment?
There is no formal time commitment or set schedule. Team leads will set up meeting times based on inputs from their team. What you put in is what you get out of the program. Your certificate will reflect your specific achievements. The amount of time needed depends to a large extent on your role and your level of skills coming into the program. An average estimate is 20 hrs/week for students who have some background.
What times will meetings be? How will that be balanced with my timezone?
It is up to the team Leads to decide on the time for meetings, although every effort will be made to ensure that meetings will be during standard operating hours.
Can I blog about the team experience?
Absolutely! We encourage it. And will showcase top blogs on social media.
What is required for STEM-Away virtual-internships?
All you need is a computer and internet connection!
What language will the virtual-internships be conducted in?
Our virtual-internships will be conducted in English, although we still encourage that you apply even if English is not your first language.
When are STEM-Away’s hours of operation?
The STEM-Away team is primarily active between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST).
I am not a student, I am a recent grad. Can I apply to be a lead?
Yes. This is a snapshot of the applications we have received in the past couple of days. The top blocks are Junior Professionals, Grad Students & College Seniors.
We welcome any applicant who wishes to be a part of our ecosystem of learning and collaborative competitiveness.
Can I repeat a project?
Yes, you may repeat a project in the same role or apply for a more senior role.