Overview of Virtual Internships

What are STEM-Away® Virtual Internships?

Our platform - STEM-Away® - helps students and junior professionals develop their careers via our comprehensive virtual-internship program.

Salient Points

  • Virtual-Internships comprise of real life projects, selected to develop skills for specific career pathways. Current pathways are Bioinformatics, Machine Learning, Full Stack Design, UX Research & Design, Entrepreneurship.

  • Internships are designed as Mentor Chains® Projects with students of varying experiences collaborate in online teams. Open to high school students, college students and recent grads/ junior professionals.

  • Students work on all aspects of a project from project definition to post mortem. They get the opportunity to build technical skills, project management skills, and other critical soft skills that companies are seeking in candidates.

  • A STEM-Away® Certificate is issued at the end of a project that provides full transparency into the achievements of the student.

  • There are 3 levels of participation:

  1. Mentor Chains Observers
    • A tiered approach to internships where students can start in purely observation roles to get exposure to new fields and build overall confidence.
  2. Mentor Chains Participants
    • Opportunities to gain real-world experience
    • Showcase technical & soft skills via 1-Click® Resume
    • Mentoring from senior students
    • Start professional network
  3. Mentor Chains® Leads
    • Leadership opportunities as webinar hosts, mentors
    • Showcase technical & soft skills via 1-Click® Resume
    • Mentoring from industry experts
    • Grow professional network

What does a successful project look like?

Take a tour of the the showcase Virtual-Internship. The Career Statistics Tool project is the first major pilot project. This project helped define the structure, process and other important details of Mentor Chains® Projects. Hear directly from a student from the pilot team.

What are the stages of a project?

Project Signup and Planning:

* All projects are introduced through webinars. STEMCasts® with the tag #stemaway-pathway have associated Mentor Chains® Projects.
Sign up for webinars to hear directly from experts in that field or watch recorded episodes. Find a pathway that excites you!
  • Visit upcoming projects to request access to one or more project groups. Announcements related to a project including call for leads and participants will be sent to the associated group.

  • Student Leads will be selected ~2 months before the project start date. Leads will be selected by the STEM-Away® team. Student leads will help in both project definition and selecting the rest of the team.

  • Acceptance notices and required paperwork will be sent to selected students. The number of students per team is 8-10. We will try our best to accommodate all students who have expressed interest in joining a project by running multiple teams per project.

  • Required paperwork will be completed for students receiving academic credits for the project.

Project Execution:

  • Once a project kicks off, the STEM-Away® forums will be used for team communication and for creating project documents. Take a tour of Showcase Project: Career Statistics Tool to view the final project showcasing.

  • Additional methods of communication (e.g zoom or hangouts calls), access to tools etc will be determined based on project need.

  • Guidelines on project management, project documentation, milestones and resources will be provided to each team by the STEM-Away® mentor for that team.

Project Completion:

  • At the end of the project, each participant will be issued a certificate covering skills & tasks. The Mentor Chains® certificate is a living document for 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. See The CST Team.

  • Project retrospective (what went well, what did not go as planned, what could we have done differently)

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