This week the world celebrated International Women’s Day with thousands of diverse events taking place across the globe to inspire women and celebrate achievements. The specific theme for this year’s activities was #PledgeForParity, a rallying call to encourage everyone – men and women – to pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly – whether to help women and girls achieve their
To coincide with this celebration Intel Ireland has this week launched its 2016 Women in Technology scholarship program.
The scholarship program 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.
This year is the biggest to date for the scholarship program with up to 20 awards 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.
The application window is now open with submission being accepted until October 1st and further details, along with the online application form, can be found at www.intel.ie/womenintechnology.
The Intel Women in Technology scholarship program has been running for more than 10 years and a total of almost €1,000,000 has been invested in the initiative to date. The scholarship program is part of a broader strategy to support the attraction, growth and development of our diverse talent that makes our business thrive. In January 2015, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced the Diversity in Technology Initiative which includes a bold new hiring and retention goal to achieve full representation of women and underrepresented minorities at Intel by 2020. Intel also committed to spend $300M over five years in support of that goal. In speaking about diversity Krzanich said “We believe that creating a fully diverse and inclusive workplace is fundamental to how we deliver business results. As technology and markets continue to evolve, building and growing a workforce that is fully representative of the customers we serve and communities in which we operate is paramount to our success”.
In February this year Intel released its 2015 Diversity and Inclusion Report which shows the progress the company has made toward its goal of reaching full workforce representation of women and underrepresented minorities in its U.S. workforce. In 2015, Intel exceeded its annual hiring goal, achieving 43 percent diverse hiring, and reached 100 percent gender pay parity across U.S. job types and levels. Read more about the report and Intel’s diversity progress in a letter by Chief Diversity Officer Danielle Brown.
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