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What is the Summer Immersion Program?

The Summer Immersion Program (SIP) is a 2-week virtual introductory computer science course for girls aged 15 - 18.

This 2-week virtual program teaches girls—trans and cis—and non-binary students the computer science skills they need to make an impact in their community while preparing for a career in tech. Participants will get exposure to tech jobs, meet women in tech careers, and join a supportive sisterhood of girls in tech.

What will the format and daily schedule for Virtual SIP look like?

Every day will look a little different, and will include a mix of live instruction, independent work, and virtual engagements and events.

Sample daily schedule:

  • 120 minutes per day: Virtual Class Time

  • 75-90 minutes per day: Independent Work

  • 5+ hours throughout: Virtual Events, Project Showcases, & Class Celebrations

What will I learn in SIP?

In Week 1, you’ll build two projects: (1) a personal portfolio website and (2) a BuzzFeed-style personality quiz using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The focus is building sisterhood, community, and sparking interest in Computer Science by engaging in creative projects and activities. Students will also be grouped into smaller groups where they can collaborate and support one another as they tackle projects.

In Week 2, students work on a final personal project focused on activism and web design. This will include planning guidance, design resources, and past SIP and student projects for inspiration. Check out the Project Gallery to view past projects!

In addition to developing your Computer Science skills, you'll learn about female role models in technology, past and present. You'll be encouraged to take positive risks as you collaborate with other students to strengthen your resilience, intellectual curiosity, emotional intelligence, and sense of empowerment.

What materials or equipment will I need?

A computer or laptop with audio and video capabilities, headphones (suggested), and internet access are all that is required to participate in the program. All activities and projects are web-based and you’ll need to stream live video calls, access emails, and websites. Students do not need to download any software or have any pre-existing programs on their computers. Girls Who Code also recommends that students have access to a safe and quiet space during program hours.

What is the attendance policy?

The Attendance Policy for SIP allows for one excused student absence. We understand that emergencies happen and students may need to be excused from class, especially during these times. We ask that students communicate any anticipated absence with their Teaching Team and make arrangements to make up any missed work.

Please note, Girls Who Code will automatically unenroll students who do not adhere to the SIP Attendance Policy and remove access to all program systems and resources. Due to the 10-day program span, we are unable to accommodate more than one absence without substantial impact to your learning experience.

If you have any known scheduled absences lasting more than two days, please email us immediately at [email protected].

How much does SIP cost?

The Virtual Summer Immersion Program is 100% FREE to attend!

When is SIP?

It depends where you’re based.

The Girls Who Code 2021 Summer Immersion Program will be hosted the following dates.

  • Round 1: June 21 - July 2, 2021

  • Round 2: July 12 - July 23, 2021

  • Round 3: August 2 - August 13, 2021

If you’re in Canada, we’re offering virtual classrooms in the United States Eastern, Central, and Pacific time zones that begin daily at 9:30am EST, CST and PST.

If you’re in the United Kingdom, or live outside of the U.S. and Canada, virtual classrooms will begin daily at 12:00pm British Summer Time (BST).

Please check the time difference in your area to ensure you can participate. Students will be able to indicate their availability on the application. All accepted students will receive their assigned program dates & time zone in their offer letter received via email.

Is there a dress code for SIP?

Your Summer Immersion Program program is hosted in a virtual setting and you will be speaking with your teachers, other classmates, and guest partners and their staff. Within a virtual setting, it is still important that you use your best judgment concerning appropriate attire.

Students MUST Wear:

  • A shirt (with fabric on the front, back, and sides under the arms), AND bottoms

Students May NOT Wear:

  • Violent language or images

  • Language or images depicting drugs and alcohol, or other illegal items/activities

  • Hate speech or profanity

  • Images or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class or consistently marginalized groups.

  • Any clothing revealing visible undergarments

  • Swimsuits

  • Any item that obscures the face or ears, except for religious observance or protective face masks.

Is SIP considered an internship?

No. The Summer Immersion Program (SIP) is an experiential education program. It should not be classified as an internship as daily programmatic activities are more classroom and exploratory-centered. Students take part in daily computer science instruction, participate in engagement opportunities, network with employees, attend field trips and other interactive engagements.

Eligibility

Who is eligible to attend International SIP?

The Summer Immersion Program is for anyone who identifies as a girl, regardless of gender assignment at birth. Our programs also welcome students who identify as non-binary or gender nonconforming, who want to learn as a member of our Girls Who Code sisterhood. To apply, the student must be between the ages of 15-18 years old, must be able to commit to the entire 2-week program, and have a level of English proficiency sufficient to participate in the Program.

I have a conflict during the program dates. Should I still apply?

Unfortunately, no.

We have found that students get the most benefit out of the program if they commit to our full Attendance Policy for the entire 2-week program. As such, our Attendance Policy allows for up to one excused absence only.

Students with prior commitments (e.g. conflicts with school day, other summer programs, vacation plans, etc.) that will cause them to miss more than one day are not eligible for placement in SIP. We understand that illness and family emergencies happen during the program and students may need to be excused from class.

I don’t have any Computer Science experience. Should I still apply?

Yes, all you need is a readiness to learn!

Are students with Computer Science experience eligible to participate?

Yes, however our curriculum includes an introduction to HTML, CSS and JavaScript coding languages. If you’re already an expert in these, or have more advanced experience in computer science, our program probably isn’t a good fit.

Applying

When does the application launch?

The International Summer Immersion Program application will launch on Monday, February 22nd! Apply at www.girlswhocode.com/sipapply

What does the Virtual Summer Immersion Program application process look like?

To apply, eligible students must complete our 2021 International Summer Immersion Program application at www.girlswhocode.com/sipapply, which is hosted on SurveyMonkey Apply.

To access the application, students must:

  1. Register for SurveyMonkey Apply account by selecting "REGISTER" on the application homepage. We highly recommend that students use a personal email address (e.g. gmail or yahoo) to register, rather than a school-issued, or parent's email address.

  2. Once you register, you'll need to verify your email address, before you can continue with the application.

  3. Once you've verified your email address, you can get started! The application takes approximately 20-30 minutes, and should be completed by the student, not a parent or guardian. The application is composed of six mandatory sections or "tasks." Students can pause and return to complete their application at a later time, as needed.

Girls Who Code does not ask for GPA, transcript, or any recommendations.

When is the International Summer Immersion Program application due?

The application is rolling, but seats fill up quickly, so we encourage students to apply as soon as possible for consideration!

When are students notified about whether they have been accepted to the program?

Applicants will be notified by early-May. Students who do not receive an acceptance at that time will be added to our waitlist and will be notified as spots become available. Notifications are sent via email, so make sure to give us the correct email address on your application!

I need technical support on the application. What do I do?

We’re sorry to hear you're having trouble with our online application system, but we’re here to help!

Please check out these handy articles for troubleshooting common issues in SurveyMonkey Apply:

If you're having difficulty accessing the site, ensure that the site is not being blocked by your network (ex: school computer). Also, try opening the page on a laptop or desktop computer using Chrome, and continue to refresh. We have a lot of traffic on the site with students applying so we appreciate your patience!

If you cannot resolve your issue using the guidance provided above, please email us at [email protected], and briefly describe the error or problem that you are experiencing. One of our team members will respond to you within 2 business days.

I am no longer interested in SIP or can no longer attend. How do I withdraw my application?

We're sorry to hear you won't be able to spend the summer with us, but we understand that sometimes circumstances change.

We ask that you take 2 minutes to formally withdraw your application using the 2021 SIP Student Withdrawal Form.

This form should used by students to do any of the following:

  1. Withdraw an incomplete SIP application

  2. Withdraw a completed SIP application

  3. Withdraw a waitlisted SIP application

  4. Unenroll from the program after completing SIP registration
    • This allows us to open up your seat to an excited student on the waitlist

    • Please note that this un-enrollment is final

This form should NOT be used to decline a SIP offer.

If you withdrew an incomplete, completed or waitlisted application in error and want to reinstate your application, or if you need additional help, please email us at [email protected].

Waitlist & Registration

I'm on the waitlist. What does that mean?

We wish that we could offer every student a position in our Summer Immersion Program, but unfortunately, we have a limited number of seats. As spots open up, we will begin to place waitlisted students into classrooms based on their availability provided in their application.

If you are notified that a spot has opened for you, you will have 24 hours to accept or decline your offer, and 48 hours to complete the Registration Process.

Please Note: Waitlisted students are placed on the waitlist for all classrooms affiliated with the round selections on their application. This is to allow for the greatest number of potential seats for you.

The waitlist will close at the start of the final program round in August. If you are a rising sophomore or junior and you are not accepted, please consider applying again for next summer!

Where am I on the waitlist? When does the waitlist close?

Girls Who Code does not assign ranks to the waitlist due to the varying number of classroom dates applied to by our applicants.

Waitlisted students will be offered program placement based on the number of spots that become available in individual classrooms that meet the applicants indicated availability. Students will receive an email if they have been pulled from the waitlist and will be asked to formally accept their classroom placement as soon as possible. Students will have 24 hours to accept or decline their placement in the program, and 48 hours to complete the Registration Process.

Waitlisted students will find out if they have been placed in a program up to when each program round starts. The waitlist will close at the start of the final program round in August.

Can I speak to someone about why I was not offered a spot in a classroom?

Unfortunately, no. Girls Who Code does not discuss individual applications. While we are impressed by all the applications we received, we do not have enough seats to accommodate all interested applicants.

But wait, that doesn’t mean you can’t become part of the Sisterhood – you can still become a girl who codes! There are other ways to get involved:

  • Learn the basics of code… right from home! No matter your current skill level, you can continue to sharpen your HTML and CSS with Code at Home. Plus, each activity features a woman in tech who pioneered innovative technology!

We hope that you choose to stay connected to STEM and the Girls Who Code community!


What is the Registration Process?

This is the process by which a student accepts their offer and confirms their participation in the Summer Immersion Program. Until the full Registration Process is complete, a student's position in the program is not reserved.

THE REGISTRATION PROCESS:

Sign into your SurveyMonkey account and complete the following steps:

📌 1. Accept Your Seat

📌 2. Review Program Packet & Sign Code of Conduct

📌 3. Confirm Participant Information

📌 4. Review & SUBMIT

👤 5. DocuSign Permission Forms: Emailed to your parent/guardian to read and sign (once you have completed the above steps)

📬 CONFIRMATION: Emailed to you!

PLEASE NOTE:

    • To complete these steps, students need to sign into SurveyMonkey Apply using the same email and password you originally used to apply to the program.
    • Once you’ve completed Step 4 listed above, Review & SUBMIT, an email will be sent to your parent/guardian containing the DocuSign permission forms they need to sign on your behalf (Step 5).
    • Please remind your parent/guardian to look for that email, and to submit DocuSign forms before the Registration Deadline.
    • Once all above tasks are completed and the permission forms have been signed, your participation in the Summer Immersion Program will be confirmed via student email.

How do I accept my Summer Immersion Program offer?

Congratulations on your offer!

Accepting your offer is the first step of the Registration Process. To begin the Registration Process, log into SurveyMonkey Apply using the same email and password that you applied with.

There, you will find several "tasks." In Task 1, you'll formally accept or decline your spot in the classroom.

You will also need to complete all additional steps of the Registration Process to reserve your participation in the Virtual Summer Immersion Program. Once you are complete with this process, you will receive a confirmation email!

How do I decline my Summer Immersion Program offer?

We're sorry to hear you won't be able to spend the summer with us, but we understand that sometimes circumstances change.

If you know you won't be able to participate in the Summer Immersion Program, you will need to formally decline your offer. By letting us know that you won't be joining us, it allows us to open the seat to a student on the waitlist. The process only takes a few minutes, and it's a huge help to us and the applicants waiting for an offer.

TO DECLINE YOUR OFFER:

  • Log in to SurveyMonkey Apply using the same email and password that you applied with.

  • Go to Task 1: Accept or Decline Your Offer and you'll select "No, unfortunately I cannot attend the Summer Immersion Program."

Once you decline your offer and mark the section as complete, you are all done.

Please note that this process is final; once you decline, your seat will be opened up to a student on the waitlist.

How do I submit the registration forms signed by my parent or guardian?

Step 5 of the Registration Process is for your parent/guardians to sign and submit electronic permission forms on behalf of their student(s).

After you Review & SUBMIT your registration tasks in SurveyMonkey Apply (Step 4 of the Registration Process), an email with a link to electronic DocuSign Permission forms will be sent to your parent/guardian. The email will have the subject line: "Sign your Girls Who Code registration forms".

Parent/guardians will be able to view, sign and submit the DocuSign forms online. Parents should complete the forms as quickly as possible before the Registration Deadline.

We advise using Chrome and completing the forms on a computer, not a mobile device.

PARENTS: If your student completed Step 4 of the Registration Process, but you haven't received the email:

  • First, double-check your inbox and spam folder.

  • If you still cannot find it, please email us at [email protected]. In your email, include your child’s name, your name, and the email address we should re-send the forms to.