Industry engagement plays a significant role in the development of interest in CS curriculum and careers. Student and teacher interaction with tech-sector professionals can take a number of different forms: internships, job shadowing, site visits, coaching, or in-classroom activities. These interactions create a sense of possibility, motivate classroom work, and inspire future academic and career pathways.
CSNYC and our industry partners are committed to cultivating a tech workforce that reflects and enriches our communities by coordinating activities and engaging CS professionals with students and schools. CSNYC finds opportunities in the school system where companies’ participation will be strategic and valuable.
Hosting students on site
- Career site visits or job shadows.
- Soft-skills training.
Bespoke school engagement opportunities
- Broaden students’ understanding of the range of careers available to them by participating in career days and serving as tech panel speakers.
- Be part of students applying their learning to real-world projects by serving as hackathon coach, project coach, competition judges, or portfolio reviewers.
Teacher workshops, externships
- Share your team’s CS knowledge with K-12 educators by offering a workshop in programming, CS core concepts, etc.
- Host teachers for summer work experiences they can bring back to their classrooms.
Ongoing one-to-one student engagement
- Serve as a formal or informal mentor to students as they think through current studies and college/career plans.
- Leverage your career experiences by helping students craft resumes and prepare for internship, scholarship and college interviews.
NYC Computer Science Opportunity Fair
- Annual college and career inspiration event for high school students.
- Host a booth, participate in panel discussions and short talks.
- For more information, visit the CS Fair site at csfair.nyc.