CREW creates career training for girls through year-long specialized internship program
The Mission Economic Development Corporation has launched a new internship program to advance the careers of high school girls in Mission. The Career Readiness and Empowerment of Women is a multidisciplinary, year-long internship program which provides interns with the soft and technical skills needed to succeed in the entrepreneurship and STEAM fields. Skill include those in career lab, mentorship and social innovation, as well as coding.
The 2017-2018 CREW cohort consists of 15 students from both Mission Collegiate High School and Mission High Eagle T-STEM Academy. These students have demonstrated an outstanding academic performance and a commitment to the improvement of their community. In addition, they show a keen interest in pursuing a career in the entrepreneurship and STEAM fields. The interns go through intensive career readiness training and create professional networks with successful women across the globe.
During their second semester, CREW interns will focus on developing solutions to problems affecting their community by embarking in social innovation projects. After completing an intensive coding course, they will create the website for their respective social ventures.
The multifaceted approach takes a deep look at what is essential to succeed as a woman. This program also addresses the invisible barriers that keep women in the area from entering careers in the STEAM fields.
“Success does not simply rely on having access to computer science or engineering classes. For women in underrepresented fields, success is tied to not being isolated, having role models, a strong support system, and the professional skills to manage difficult situations,” said Cristina Garza, program director. “In other words, the interns will gain the soft and hard skills to navigate a career in which they are expected to be the minority and create a network of peers and mentors that will help them face their future together.”
This internship program marks the first time that a high school program is based out of the Mission EDC. Although this first CREW internship was made possible with the support of the Mission CISD, Mission EDC also has plans to extend this to the other districts in the community. The first internship cycle will end in June of 2018. It will continue on an ongoing basis.