TechWomen is a U.S. State Department-funded professional exchange program that brings over 100 women professionals from Africa, Asia and the Middle East who work in science, technology, engineering, and math, to the San Francisco Bay area and Washington DC for a 5-week mentorship and professional exchange experience, in Sept-Oct 2017.
TechWomen is designed to support development in the field of science and technology in participating countries, and to enable women in these fields to reach their full potential through five-week mentorships with American women at leading innovation companies and organizations in the United States. Companies hosting TechWomen participants in 2016 include: 500 Startups, Adobe, Advent Software, Autodesk, Cahill Contractors Inc., Cyark, Ericsson, Fitbit, Folsom Labs, Genentech, Google, Juniper, Networks, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, LinkedIn, Lumos Labs, Mozilla, NASA Ames Research Center, Northgate Environmental Management, Optimizely, Pacific Gas & Electric, Company, PayPal, Prysm, Qualcomm, Quid, Salesforce.com, SunPower, Sunrun, Symantec, Synopsys, Twitter, University of California in San Francisco, Veritas and VMware.
This year, women committed to addressing concerns of global climate change and environmental issues are particularly encouraged to apply.
For more information and how to apply, please visit: techwomen.org .
Applications close January 17, 2017.
2017 TechWomen Eligibility Requirements
-Be women with, at minimum, two years full-time professional experience in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Please note that internships and other unpaid work experience does not count toward the two-year professional experience requirement.
-Have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree/four-year university degree or equivalent.
-Be proficient in written and spoken English.
-Be citizens and permanent residents of Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan or Zimbabwe at the time of application and while participating in the program.
-Be eligible to obtain a U.S. J-1 exchange visitor visa.
-Not have applied for an immigrant visa to the United States or participated in a visa lottery in the past five years.
-Not hold U.S. citizenship or be a U.S. legal permanent resident.
Preference will be given to applicants who:
-Demonstrate themselves as emerging leaders in their chosen professional track through their work experience, volunteer experience, community activities and education.
-Are committed to return to their home countries to share what they have learned and mentor women and girls.
-Have limited or no prior experience in the United States.
-Have a proven record of voluntary or public service in their communities.
-Have a demonstrated track record of entrepreneurialism and commitment to innovation.
-Demonstrate a willingness to participate in exchange programs, welcome opportunities for mentoring and new partnership development, and exhibit confidence and maturity.
TechWomen encourages people with diverse backgrounds and skills to apply, including individuals with disabilities.