Any questions about Summer 2021 virtual-internship applications? Read the FAQ below and if you don’t see your answer, please post as a reply to this topic.
If we filled out the application stating that we have done 0 self-assessments, yet we begin to do self-assessments AFTER filling out the application, do we have to re-do the application?
No. We will check the self-assessment category for count/content when we are forming teams.
What is the selection process?
Once you submit the application form, the STEM-Away team will review your application and assess based on STEM level, activity on Pathway Hubs, and available space. After a preliminary review, Lead candidates will be offered interviews. There is no interview necessary for prospective Participants. All applicants will be notified about acceptance status by April 15.
Help, I made a mistake on my application!
If you made a mistake on your application, please fill out the application form again. Your most recent entry will be considered.
Do I need to have completed the Level 1 internship before doing the Level 2 or 3 internship?
No, you can join at any level if you have the required background. If you are unsure of which level is right for you, visit the Summer 2021: Explanation of Project Levels/ How do I pick a level? page. You can also build up your skills towards this summer by practicing on our Pathway Hubs.
Can I do both Sessions 1 and 2?
We ask that you only choose one session since there is quite a bit of overlap in terms of the dates between Session 1 and 2. If you are unsure of which session to choose, there is a place on the application form to indicate “No preference” for a session. Interns who choose that option will be placed into either Session 1 or Session 2 based on availability.
What times will meetings be? How will that be balanced with my timezone?
It is up to the team Leads to decide on the time for meetings, although every effort will be made to ensure that meetings will be during standard operating hours. On the application form, we ask you to indicate the timezone you will be participating from this summer in order to better organize our worldwide teams.
Do I have to pay for this virtual-internship?
There is absolutely no cost associated with our internships. Depending on the pathway, you may be asked to create an account or download resources, but all of our tools are free of cost.
Will I get paid for this virtual-internship?
This is an educational internship and as such, there is no compensation associated with completing an internship at STEM-Away. We hope you can use this experience to launch into your next endeavor!
Can I get academic credit for this virtual-internship?
If your school or college awards academic credits for internships, we can work with your school to arrange for academic credits for your participation. All accepted interns will be provided a standard offer letter. We are unable to accommodate any requests for individualized offer letters.
I am not available for the full 8 weeks. Can I attend?
There is a mandatory self-assessment at the end of each week. If you can catch up on your own time and handle that requirement, you may take up to 5 days off.
How can I prove that I’ve completed an internship?
At the end of the project, each participant will be issued a certificate covering skills & tasks. The Mentor Chains® certificate is a living document during the duration of the project with periodic reviews done by the team. Final entries are signed off by the Project Lead. Certificates can be shared directly on LinkedIn using the share button under the topic.
What is required for STEM-Away virtual-internships?
All you need is a computer and internet connection!
What language will the virtual-internships be conducted in?
Our virtual-internships will be conducted in English, although we still encourage that you apply even if English is not your first language.
When are STEM-Away’s hours of operation?
The STEM-Away team is primarily active between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST).
Where can I get answers if I have more questions?
Feel free to post any questions about Applications in this thread. Please note that a complete set of FAQ is available at Virtual-Internships FAQ.