Matching high performing black and latino undergraduate and graduate coders and software engineering students with Silicon Valley startups for summer internships, the CODE2040 Fellows Program ensures their successful participation in the high tech innovation economy.

By Amy Schapiro (Program Operations Manager, CODE2040)

Working at an early-stage startup has taught me the importance of optimism, planning, humility and flexibility – and the necessity of rolling up my sleeves for long nights when the work just needs to get done.

At each stage of my work here in helping to build the Fellows Program, with the support of the CODE2040 team and our invaluable allies – rolling out a national recruitment strategy, facilitating the review of hundreds of written applications, working with a plethora of top engineers to grade the coding exams, and now implementing the internship matching process – I think to myself, “this stage is so important – this is what we’ve been working toward all this time.”

I’ve realized as I look forward to the infinite possibilities of what CODE2040 can do and of what our Fellows will become, that I expect that feeling is going to stay with me for a very long time.

If you are a college or graduate student – apply for CODE2040!

Fellow applications are open through February 28 here.

If you work for a company that shares our values, host a fellow or let us know how you can help support this summer’s Fellows program. We are just a piece of the puzzle.

Together, we can create a brighter future.

» to read the full post, see the CODE2040 blog.

About the guest blogger: Amy Schapiro is the Manager of Program Operations at CODE2040. She focuses on organizational management and community development of marginalized populations. She has significant international and domestic work experience and an interest in sustainable economic development to break cycles of poverty. Follow her on Twitter at @aschapi.