Summer Immersion
Program

Overview

The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program is a 7-week intensive computer science course that embeds classrooms in technology companies and universities. Girls learn everything from robotics to mobile development to HTML and CSS while gaining exposure to the tech industry and receiving valuable mentorship from women working in technology.

Key programmatic components of the Girls Who Code Immersion Program include:

  • Skills – Seven weeks of intensive instruction in computer science, robotics, algorithms, web design, and mobile development
  • Exposure – Speakers, demos, workshops, and presentations from female engineers and entrepreneurs; field trips to technology companies, startups, academic institutions and more
  • Mentorship – Top female executives, entrepreneurs and engineers provide career and academic mentorship

To learn more about the Summer Immersion Program:


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The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program embeds 20 rising high school juniors and seniors inside a technology company or university setting from 9-4PM each day. Here, young women get hands-on experience in computing concepts, programming fundamentals, mobile phone development, robotics, and web development and design. Project-based curricular modules allow participants to build products and develop innovative solutions designed to inspire an interest in and encourage their pursuit of computer science.

Daily classroom instruction is paired with talks, demos, and workshops led by inspiring female entrepreneurs, CEOs, developers, designers, and computer science majors who serve as mentors and role models throughout the program, each aligned with the subject matter discussed that week. Field trips to the tech giants such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, AT&T, Gilt Groupe, Foursquare, and the News Corp allow the young women to envision a future for themselves in this career and begin networking with those in the field.

The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program curriculum is designed and research-proven to engage and encourage young women in computer science. Each topic, activity and speaker is chosen to empower the young women with the skills to contribute to their schools and communities.

Outcomes

In 2014, we served 375 girls across 19 programs in Boston, Miami, Seattle, New York City, and all over the Bay Area. (Up from 8 programs in NYC and Bay Area in 2013)

2014 Summer Immersion Program Outcomes

90 percent.

90% went on to major or minor in CS or closely related field

77 percent.

77% of girls changed paths because of Girls Who Code

92 percent

92% of program participants taught someone else to code

FAQ

Q: I am going to be out of town during the Summer Immersion Program dates. Should I still apply?

A: All program participants must be able to commit to attending the entire 7-week program. We hope you’ll chose to spend your summer with us. It’s worth it!

Q: Where are the 2015 Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Programs located?

A: Girls Who Code currently has summer programs in:

  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • Mountain View, CA 
  • Newark, NJ
  • New York, NY
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • San Ramon, CA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Springfield, MA
  • Washington, DC

Q: Who is eligible to apply for Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Programs?

A: Applicants must:

  • Be current sophomores or juniors in high school.

  • Possess a U.S. address.

  • Commit to attending the full 7-week program in their respective location. The program runs Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm daily.

  • Commute to and from program every day. Girls Who Code will work with participants to coordinate transportation as needed. Transportation stipends will be provided to local students who have financial need. Housing and travel considerations for non-local students are not provided.

  • WE VALUE A DIVERSE CLASSROOM AND STRONGLY ENCOURAGE APPLICATIONS FROM:

  • Girls of all ethnic, racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The programs are free for all participants. Transportation stipends will be made available for students with limited financial resources.

Q: How do I apply to attend a Summer Immersion Program?

A: Our 2015 application is now closed, but please fill out this interest form to stay informed with any program updates!

Why It Matters

In middle school, 74% of girls express interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), but when choosing a college major, just 0.4% of high school girls select computer science.

While 57% of bachelor’s degrees are earned by women, just 12% of computer science degrees are awarded to women.

Despite the fact that 55% of overall AP test takers are girls, only 17% of AP Computer Science test takers are high school girls.

Women today represent 18% of all computer science graduates. In 1984, they represented 37%.

Women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but hold just 25% of the jobs in technical or computing fields.

The U.S. Department of Labor projects that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer specialist job openings. Yet U.S. universities are expected produce only enough qualified graduates to fill 29% of these jobs.

In a room full of 25 engineers, only 3 will be women.