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About fellowship program
People with disabilities continue to face challenges in accessing equal academic and professional opportunities, especially in technology. With a view to highlight the abilities of people with disabilities and the change the discourse around disability in technical circles, I-Stem has launched the I-Stem Fellowship Program. The program seeks to identify and support exceptional students with disabilities in technical fields in India, and provide them the resources, opportunities and support to help them develop their skills. Open to all students with disabilities (visible or invisible) studying computer science or a closely related field (such as IT, product management/design, data science, mathematics etc.) in India in the 2019-20 academic year, the program provides year-long 1:1 mentoring with an I-Stem core team member, 1:1 mentoring with an industry professional and access to several exclusive opportunities, besides a community of other exceptional students.
One of the most crucial components of the program is the participation of the industry mentor. The idea is for the mentor to guide the fellow, answer any questions they may have about the industry, introduce them to other people as they see fit, and work with them to develop a plan to achieve their goals. The I-Stem core team member and the mentor work together as a team to help the fellow realise the goals. More specifically, here is how the program works.
Career coaching and consulting
Every fellow receives individualized coaching/consulting to determine what skills they need to achieve their goals. Post this, an individualized plan is developed by the fellow, I-Stem team member and the corporate mentor. The I-Stem team member and the corporate mentor guide the fellow at every step of this plan.
Based on the fellow's goals, they are recommended to other I-Stem programs (such as our advanced technical training program) or programs conducted by our partners. I-Stem also facilitates completion of external training opportunities if that might be of help to the fellow.
I-Stem fellows join the I-Stem community which is already 100 members strong. As part of the community, there are several opportunities to network with other members, some of whom are successful professionals in the industry. Additionally, fellows join the I-Stem Fellows community which receive exclusive invitation to special events and opportunities. Mentors also join this community and network with other outstanding professionals committed to diversity and inclusion in tech.
I-Stem provides an interview preparation package to help fellows prepare for technical interviews and also conducts mock interviews to give them a feel for the actual interviews.
Invitation to the I-Stem annual event
The annual I-Stem event brings together developers with disabilities, tech professionals from various corporates and computer science students without disabilities. We have organised two such events in 2018 and 2019 with over 140 participants, 5 universities and 11 companies, with many of our participants securing job opportunities immediately after the event. fellows receive a fully funded trip to this annual event to help them learn, network and connect in person, and our hope is that mentors can join us as well.
Connections with company partners
I-Stem works closely with several corporate partners with some of them actively engaged in our fellowship program. While it is impossible to guarantee placement on the completion of the fellowship program, I-Stem team works with each fellow to help them find the most suitable job and makes connections as required. The corporate mentor also helps advocate or the fellow within their organisation if there is a match.
Internship opportunities with I-Stem
During and after the program, fellows will be eligible to work closely with the core I-Stem team and our community on some very interesting technical projects depending on an appropriate skill match.
What are we looking for in a mentor?
We are looking for professionals in various technical profiles such as software engineering, data science, product management etc. We do not have a minimum experience requirement. All that we ask for is your commitment and involvement in the program. This is an annual virtual program, and we expect you to mentor the fellow for at least 3-4 Hrs./month. Also, we should highlight here that we do not expect you to have any experience working with a person with a disability. Just come in with an open and inquisitive mind and we will take care of the rest.
We are currently accepting mentor applications for this program, and you can apply through our common application. We will reach out to you soon after you apply.Apply here