For more than a decade Intel Ireland has ran the Women in Technology scholarship program which encourages 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 2017, 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 or Shannon. Each scholar is also assigned a mentor who is an Intel employee to assist and provide advice on managing their academic career.
Aoife McMenamin, a UCD undergraduate student, was selected as an Intel Women in Technology scholar 2015 and shares below her experience of the program to date;
My name is Aoife McMenamin and I am going into 3rd year of Electronic Engineering at UCD. I received the Intel Women in Technology Scholarship back in 2015 and I am currently completing my second summer placement at Intel in the Manufacturing Validation Engineering (MVE) department. Last year I had the opportunity to work on several small projects where I learned Python and got to use different data analysis tools. This summer I have been building upon what I learned last year, working with C# and using various new tools such as Trace and JMP.
I have always had an interest in Maths, Science and Art, but I think it was the extra -curricular activities that both my primary and secondary schools organised in these areas that really encouraged me to pursue Engineering, even if I didn’t realise it at the time. From BT Young Scientist and Debating Science Issues to designing recyclable dresses for Fashionably Talented, we were always encouraged at school to be creative and analytical in a fun yet practical environment. So when it came to CAO choices, Engineering was top of the list for me.
I recently took up Gaelic Football with my local club at home in Dundalk, never having played except for the classic primary school team, only in it for the chance of a day off school! As it turns out, I absolutely love it and when I found out Intel have a Ladies football team I decided to give it a go. As I said, I’m only new to the sport myself so I was a bit nervous I wouldn’t be up to scratch, but everyone on the team is really friendly and people of all levels are more than welcome to join. I am absolutely delighted I decided to go for it as it is a great way to get to know people and also it’s great for the fitness, so for anyone in two minds about joining I would definitely recommend giving it a go!
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working here at Intel. The placements here have been a fantastic experience for me, not only in learning new technical skills, but also by meeting new people and gaining exposure to life in a professional work environment. Overall, the Women in Technology Scholarship has been a great aid to me in my pursuit of a career in STEAM. In addition to helping with my fees for university, it has provided me with a mentor who has been a great help to me and also the chance to get out of my comfort zone and gain invaluable skills which I will benefit from throughout the rest of my time in college and in my future career.
The application window is now open for the 2017 scholarship program with submissions being accepted until October 2nd. Further details, along with the online application form, can be found at www.intel.ie/womenintechnology.
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