Virtual-Internship FAQs - Junior Talent

:key: Introduction to Virtual-Internships:

  • What’s the relationship between mini-projects and the virtual-internship projects?
    • Answer: All virtual-internship projects originate from a collection of mini-projects from AI Project Engine. We strongly recommend that all team members complete these mini-projects before beginning their main team project. This approach guarantees that every participant is well-prepared, having familiarized themselves with necessary tools, programming languages, and foundational concepts.
  • How are individual contributions reflected in certificates?
    • Answer: Certificates are tailored to specifically indicate the deliverables each individual has contributed to. This method ensures both transparency and fairness in acknowledging each member’s efforts.
  • How does the Automated Team Formation work?
    • Answer: Teams are formed based on a combination of factors: the points earned from mini-projects, choice of roles, logistical details, and desired outcomes. This ensures that each team has a balanced mix of talents, fostering effective collaboration. Once teams are formed, they can embark on their projects, with mentorship opportunities available to ensure guided learning and progress.
  • Can I get academic credit for the virtual-internship?
    • Answer: If your school or college awards academic credits for internships, we can work with your institution to arrange for academic credits for your participation. All accepted interns will receive a standard offer letter, please note that we cannot accommodate individualized offer letter requests.
  • Do I need work authorization for these internships?
    • Answer: No, you don’t. These are educational internships, so you do not need US work authorization to participate.
  • Are these client projects?
    • Answer: No, they aren’t. STEM-Away® projects are not client-based, and there is no delivery commitment from intern teams.

:ledger: Diving Deeper into Inclusivity:

  • What does Emergent STEM Connectivity mean?
    • Answer: Emergent STEM Connectivity is a criterion we’ve introduced to ensure inclusivity on our platform. It identifies individuals who either have limited professional exposure in STEM or come from regions with limited global STEM opportunities. You can find out more about the specifics of this criterion in the Virtual-Internships - Overview.
  • How do I know if I qualify under the Emergent STEM Connectivity criterion?
    • Answer: Emergent STEM Connectivity is self-chosen based on specific guidelines. If you believe you have fewer than five meaningful STEM connections or hail from a region with limited access to global STEM networks, you may classify yourself under this criterion.
  • Can international students participate in the Virtual-Internships?
    • Answer: Absolutely! We encourage international participation and have designed our Virtual-Internships to be globally inclusive. Students from regions with limited access to STEM opportunities especially benefit from our platform.

:clipboard: Participation Details:

  • How is the time commitment determined for these virtual-internships?
    • Answer: During the team formation process, you can select your preferred time commitment. While there’s no fixed schedule, the experience you gain from the program directly correlates to the effort you put in. Remember, your certificate will reflect your exact deliverables, showcasing the specific contributions and achievements you made during the internship.
  • How are meeting times decided?
    • Answer: There are two types of meetings:
      • Team Meetings: These are determined entirely by the team leads based on inputs from their members. Teams are free to use STEM-Away® chat channels or any other external channels to facilitate these meetings.
      • Mentor-Led Meetings: Meetings led by STEM-Away® mentors are typically scheduled between 7am to 7pm Pacific Time to accommodate a broad range of participants. Meeting minutes are always shared with the entire team to ensure those who couldn’t attend are kept in the loop.
  • Can I blog about my team experience during the internship?
    • Answer: Definitely! We encourage it and will even showcase top blogs on our social media platforms.

:high_brightness: The Benefits of À La Carte Offerings:

  • What are the advantages of the À La Carte offerings for junior talent?
    • Answer: All junior talents have free access to our Team Formation tools, ensuring they can form and be part of dynamic teams aligning with their skills and interests. If teams don’t meet the inclusivity criterion, they can choose Team Mentorship through the À La Carte offerings. This mentorship ensures guidance and structured progress during the virtual-internship journey, enhancing the overall experience and learning.

:star2: STEM-Away’s Virtual-Internships offer a unique blend of real-world projects, team collaboration, and skill development, ensuring you’re not just job-ready, but future-ready. Dive into the future of internships with us! :star2: