This week DCU launched their 2020 STInt (STEM Teacher Internship) programme with twelve paid-internships for pre-service STEM teachers proceeding on a remote working basis in six participating companies including Intel.
Participants will work as part of remote teams developing key skills in technology, communications and collaboration, which will support them in their future teaching careers to deliver a blended learning approach to STEM education.
The STEM Teacher Internship Programme, established in 2016, provides participating teacher education students with the opportunity of a paid-internship experience in STEM focused roles and careers in global corporate firms.
It is led by Associate Professor Eilish McLoughlin, Director CASTel/School of Physical Sciences and Professor Deirdre Butler, School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies.
This year the initiative has also received strategic partnership funding from Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover programme (2020-2021) to expand and enable pre-service STEM teachers from other universities to engage in internships in a wide range of industries across Ireland.
Nine new host organisations and seven pre-service second level STEM teachers from NUI Maynooth will participate, in addition to DCU student teachers.
This is the fifth year of the internship programme which was developed by DCU in partnership with Accenture and the 30% Club.
It has been supported by Connecting Women in Technology (CWIT) and BioPharmaChem Ireland to now include twenty six participating companies.
Speaking about the launch of the 2020 programme, Dr Anne Looney, Dean of DCU Institute of Education said, “The skills that our future teachers will acquire during their internships are more important than ever. The last few months have seen dramatic changes in schools and schooling; the STint programme takes on a new importance as part of DCU’s work of preparing the teachers of the future.
Collaborating online, working in virtual teams, and the ability to design and deliver technological solutions – these are likely to be part of classroom routines for the foreseeable future.
I want to thank the leading companies who have generously agreed to support what has to be an internship this year; by hosting our students this summer, you are also reaching their future students.
There is no better introduction to the STEM career opportunities than an inspiring teacher who has first hand experience.”
Bernie Capraro, Research Manager, Silicon Technology, at Intel Ireland added, ”Intel Ireland has been a very keen supporter of the STEM Teacher Internship programme for a number of years, and is very pleased to be involved again in 2020.
The opportunity for our future teachers to witness the world of technology in a work environment will be invaluable in their future careers, as they strive to inspire the hearts and minds of our younger generation.
We have witnessed first-hand how student teachers embrace these opportunities and fully enjoy their chance to work on technical challenges they may never have otherwise encountered.
Their workplace experiences have made an impact on their ability to convey what scientists and engineers do on a daily basis to their inquisitive students.
This year, as we continue to fight against Covid-19, some of the experiences may be different in terms of the workplace, but we will endeavor to ensure the programme exceeds expectations, and that the positive impact on these future teachers can still be made.”
Intel’s support of the STEM Teacher Internship Programme
Intel has been a supporter of the STEM Teacher Internship Programme for a number of years, facilitating summer internship placements for students at it’s Leixlip campus. 3 teacher education students completed internships in 2019 – Karen Marry, a Masters in Primary Teaching student from Navan, Co. Meath; Michael Simmons, a Primary Education student from Leixlip, Co. Kildare; and Meabh Donohoe, a Science Education student from Ardattin, Co. Carlow.
Read more about their experiences at Intel.
About the STEM Teacher Internship Programme (STInt)
The STEM Teacher Internship Programme (STInt) is coordinated by Dublin City University and supported by: Abbvie, Accenture, AIB, Alexion, Allergan, Astellas, Bank of Ireland, Citibank, Deloitte, Ericsson, Gas Networks, Ervia – Irish Water, EY, Fidelity International, Fidelity Investments, GE, HPE, IBM, Intel, Mallinckrodt, Microsoft, MSD, PWC, SSE Airtricity, Stryker, Takeda, Virgin Media, Vodafone and Xilinx.
Participating pre-service teachers are students from DCU’s primary and post-primary teacher education programme – including BSc Science Education, BSc Physical Education with Biology/Mathematics, BEd (Primary), Professional Masters in Education (PME) primary/post-primary and NUI Maynooth post-primary Science teacher education programme.
Read more about the STEM Teacher Internship Programme.
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