For more than a decade Intel Ireland has ran the Women in Technology scholarship program which aims to encourage a new generation of high-achieving women to take up the challenge of a career in science and technology. The program forms part of a wider focus by Intel to empower girls and women by fostering educational opportunities and encouraging females to participate, prosper, and lead in the global economy.
The program is available to female school leavers entering, in September 2016, specified four year undergraduate degree courses in science, technology and engineering. The scholarships are applicable to a wide variety of courses offered at third level institutions across Ireland. The program offers a monetary grant valued at €3,000 per annum as well as opportunities for work placements at one of Intel’s Ireland locations in Leixlip, Shannon and Cork. Each scholar is also assigned a mentor who is an Intel employee to assist and provide advice on managing their academic career.
Catherine Galvin, a UCD undergraduate student, was selected as an Intel Women in Technology scholar 2014 and shares below her experience of the program to date;
My name is Catherine Galvin, I’m in my 2nd year of a Chemical & Bioprocess degree art UCD. I’ll be spending my 3rd year of study at McGill University, Montreal. I’m a 2014 WIT scholar and am currently working with Intel as an intern for the 2nd time. Having completed an Embedded Software Engineering internship in summer 2015, I was asked back to work in summer 2016. This year I’m working as a Project Manager for a team of three 2015 WIT scholars. We’re currently creating a workshop to run in 3rd level universities to demonstrate what QSD does and how the D2000 board works.
I grew up in Drumcondra, Dublin and attended an all girl’s school for both primary and secondary school. Growing up, I often stepped on my parents toes by taking apart the family PC and leaving it in pieces on the kitchen floor. After much thought, I decided to put my disassembly skills to good use and sourced myself a part-time job at Back from the Future, a technology repair store. I worked there for 2 years and progressed from intern to technician to floor manager. While there, I learned how to repair laptops, remove viruses, recover lost data and replace iPhone screens.
As well as being a techie, I’m a huge fitness enthusiast who loves cycling, bouldering and snowboarding. I’m also a recent Pilates convert, having disregarded it previously as a “girl’s sport”. Encouraged to attend by a colleague, I tried it out and that was it. If you haven’t tried it, you’re missing out. Lorna, the A-star instructor, is incredible at her job and the 40 minute session will fly by. It’s worth staying for the mobility session she often runs afterwards – great for tight muscles.
Overall, working at Intel is great. There’s over 15 other interns working in my building and we have great craic together. It’s been an exciting summer for expanding on skills and making new friends. The WIT scholarship has been a fantastic opportunity and I’m grateful to Intel for awarding it to me. The scholarship has not only helped with college fees, but it has also allowed me to get outside my comfort zone and grow socially and professionally. Going forward, I’m excited to investigate the doors that have been opened by the WIT scholarship and broaden my knowledge about all things STEM.
The 2016 Women in Technology program is now open for applications – closing date is October 1st and further details, along with the online application form, can be found at www.intel.ie/womenintechnology.
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