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Thu 21 Mar 2024 11:10 - 11:35 at Meeting Room E145 - Industry and Internships Chair(s): Daniela Marghitu

Community college students cite career advancement as their top reason for enrolling, with over 70% of first-year students expecting to participate in an internship as part of their college experience. However, surveys indicate only between 10% and 25% of bachelor’s degree holders participated in an internship, with Black and Latino students, women, low-income, and first-generation students having less access. With strong associations between paid internships and positive outcomes in the labor market after graduation, the impact is substantial: new grads who start out underemployed are five times more likely to remain underemployed after five years.

This experience report documents a multifaceted intervention at Green River College. Partnering with Mentors in Tech provides community college baccalaureate students studying software development with structured mentorship from industry mentors who help students navigate the hiring process and landscape and bring impactful aspects of internships into capstone projects. Partnering with CodeDay provides students with accessible internships, working on open-source software. In 2022-23, this intervention reached over 90% of students in the program, consisting of 47% students of color, 28% women, 59% receiving financial aid, and 20% first-generation college students.

Initial results include a review of hiring process metrics, placement outcomes, and student reflections. Seventy-five percent of students who graduated in 2022 landed a tech role within six months of graduation. Over 90% of participating students expressed confidence in their ability to transition from student to tech professional. Ongoing work focuses on long-term sustainability and expanding opportunities for students enrolled in similar programs at comparable institutions.

Thu 21 Mar

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10:45 - 12:00
Industry and InternshipsPapers at Meeting Room E145
Chair(s): Daniela Marghitu
10:45
25m
Talk
Foot in the Door: Developing Opportunities for Computing Undergraduates to Gain Industry ExperienceMSI
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Nimmi Arunachalam Florida International University, Stephanie Lunn Florida International University, Mark Weiss Florida International University, Jason Liu Florida International University, Giri Narasimhan Florida International University
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11:10
25m
Talk
Industry Mentoring and Internship Experiences at a Community College Baccalaureate Program in Software DevelopmentMSI
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Kendrick Hang Green River College, Tyler Schrock Green River College, Tina Ostrander Green River College, Roseann Berg Green River College, Tyler Menezes CodeDay, Kevin Wang Mentors in Tech
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11:35
25m
Talk
Institutional Perspectives on Formal Work-Based Learning Programs in the UKGlobal
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Jack Parkinson University of Glasgow, Sebastian Dziallas University of the Pacific
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