IST students can take advantage of out-of-class experiences throughout the year to enhance their education, build their professional network, and explore career opportunities. Most costs for travel, registration, and lodging are covered, so students do not incur any costs to participate.
Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing
Each year, the College of IST supports a group of students to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing. The four-day conference, billed as the largest gathering of women technologists in the world, welcomes more than 25,000 individuals and 400 companies for presentations, networking sessions, and professional development opportunities. Applications open in February, and students are notified of their status by the end of the spring semester. Selected students receive funds for travel, housing, and conference registration, thanks to generous support from corporate sponsors and the College of IST. Students also attend a series of professional development workshops led by IST staff in the fall prior to the conference and prepare reflection materials to share with the college upon their return.
ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing
Held in September, the Tapia Conference brings together students, faculty, researchers, and professionals from all backgrounds to celebrate diversity in the computing industry, create community, share professional advice, and inspire through common experiences. Each year, the College of IST sends a group of students to the conference to attend presentations, network with professionals, and explore internship and career opportunities.
To be eligible, students must be an active member of the Women, International, Racial, Ethnic Diversity Intercultural Network (WIRED IN) student organization, apply for a Tapia Conference travel scholarship, and complete an application and essay about how attending the conference will impact the student's professional development. Selected students receive funds for travel, housing, and conference registration, thanks to generous support from the College of IST and conference scholarships. Students also attend a series of professional development workshops led by IST staff prior to the conference and participate in a student panel to discuss their experience with the IST community upon their return.
Check back in late spring for application information.
Alternative Spring Break
First-year undergraduate students can apply to participate in the College of IST's alternative spring break. Applications open in October, and students are notified of their status by Thanksgiving break. Selected students receive funds for travel, housing, and meals, thanks to generous support from corporate sponsors and the College of IST. Students also attend a series of professional development workshops led by IST staff in the spring prior to the trip. Past groups have traveled to San Francisco; Seattle; Austin, Texas; and Raleigh, North Carolina to explore career opportunities, attend company presentations, and network with professionals—including many Penn State and IST alumni—at companies like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing, Dell, and Reddit.
Check back in October for application information.
Corporate Field Trips
College of IST students can participate in off-campus day trips to the offices of leading technology companies. While most experiences are open to all IST students, some trips have specific eligibility requirements. Past trips have met with leaders—many of them Penn State and IST alumni—at LinkedIn, Cvent, PwC, Bank of America, EY, and more.
Watch your Penn State email for more information about these opportunities and application details.