Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Resource Roundup: College students, take note of this full-time, paid dev internship with Draft Studios

Plus, mentorship opportunities and at-home STEM programming, the SBA's Restaurant Revitalization Fund opens, and the FCC's Emergency Broadband Benefit is coming.

Two students at a Coded by Kids event.

(Courtesy photo)

Update: Details about the FCC's Emergency Broadband Benefit have been added. (5/3/21, 3:18 p.m.)

This is Resource Roundup, a look at open applications for business and career-building programs, funding and other opportunities around the region. Want to share a new resource for entrepreneurs and technologists? Email us at philly@technical.ly.

As a part of its OnE Philadelphia initiative to build an inclusive tech pipeline, Coded By Kids’ (CbK) web development agency, Draft Studios, will provide eight paid, full-time internships to rising college freshman and sophomores at two- or four-year colleges this summer.

The interns will develop internal and external web-based applications for clients, and are meant for students with an interest in tech or tech-adjacent fields, including positions like project management, UI or UX design. Non-computer science students are also encouraged to apply.

“The ideal candidate will be collaborative, organized, and able to work independently,” the internship page says.

The program is part of the first year of the OnE Philadelphia Tech and Innovation Rotational Internship program. Draft Studios was originally developed by CbK to give students graduating from its program a chance to work on real-world projects, getting some experience as developers while earning income.

Students chosen for the internship will work remotely across 40 hours a week for 10 weeks. The interns will start on June 1, and make between $15 and $18 an hour. Applications are open through May 28.

GSK Science in the Summer

Families with students in second through sixth grades can participate in the GSK Science in the Summer STEM program this summer with the theme “Be an engineer.” The program, usually held at libraries and other community centers, will be a hybrid of in-person and at-home programing for 2021.

The new curriculum invites kids to explore the role of engineers and tackle electrical, biomedical, environmental and structural engineering challenges. Families from the five-county region can enter a lottery starting Monday, May 3 to receive a science kit with materials to perform hands-on engineering at home with videos from The Franklin Institute. Those not selected in the lottery can still complete the virtual programing with materials from home.

“Students will explore the engineering design process as they find solutions to real-world problems, from managing a playground’s stormwater runoff to designing a sturdy lightweight pedestrian bridge,” the program site says.

Programming will run throughout the summer with activity guides, videos and materials and will feature a live, virtual team meetings with Franklin Institute scientists and educators.

Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Last week, we reported that the highly anticipated COVID-19 relief funding from the federal government for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) was coming (read more about the program here). On Friday, April 30, the U.S. Small Business Administration officially opened applications. For the first 21 days, the SBA is prioritizing businesses owned by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. It also has $9.5 billion set aside for the smallest businesses. In all, the program has $28.6 billion available, via an appropriation from Congress’ latest COVID relief bill. More program info here.

Data Mentorship Program

A leader in the local data community is launching Data Mentorship Program, a free initiative designed for anyone interested in exploring a career in data, or in growing in their current data job. The program is two sided — you can register as either a mentor or a mentee.

The program’s goal is to encourage participants to network with each other, access open job postings and build relationships. It also aims to center Philadelphia as a “global hub for an inclusive, diverse, talented data community,” founder Rajvi Mehta, an advanced data analyst for Vanguard and the regional lead for the Women in Data meetup, told Technical.ly.

The three-month program will launch on May 28, and during that time, mentors and mentees will spend at least 45 minutes every two weeks together. The program also hosts monthly events for networking, education and job searching. Apply here.

Emergency Broadband Benefit

Starting Wednesday, May 12, eligible households will be able to enroll in the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit Program to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband service from an approved provider.

The $3.2 billion emergency relief program, paid for by December’s federal stimulus package, will provide households with discounts up to $50 a month for broadband service, and up to $75 a month if the household is on Tribal lands. The program will also will provide a one-time discount of up to $100 on a computer or tablet. Eligible households are those already participating in a low-income or pandemic relief program offered by a broadband provider.

Between now and May 12, the FCC is encouraging participating providers to let their customers know about the program, and we’ve already noted AT&T and Comcast heeding that call. (Comcast’s Internet Essentials customers automatically qualify, the company said.) Check out the program’s site for more info on who is eligible to receive the benefit, and how to sign up.

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