In an effort to further diversify its workforce and bring new opportunities in the technology industry to top-performing minority students, TE Connectivity, a world leader in connectivity and sensors, has committed $3.5 million toward a new scholarship and internship program for students who identify as Black or African-American.
Rising sophomores are eligible to apply for the program, which would begin with a paid internship the summer after their sophomore year at one of several TE sites throughout the United States. Students who successfully complete the internship would receive a scholarship of up to $22,500, based on need and educational costs, and be invited back for a second internship the following summer. The scholarship would then be eligible for renewal for their senior year. TE expects a new cohort of students will join the African Heritage Scholarship Program each year for the next five years.
“We are excited to invest in the TE Connectivity African Heritage Scholarship to help attract diverse talent to our company’s pipeline of potential future employees and the STEM industry as a whole,” said CEO Terrence Curtin. “We believe that a more inclusive and diverse workforce fosters innovation and I look forward to the new ideas this group of interns will bring to TE for years to come.”
For the first summer of the program in 2022, internships are available in engineering, product management, supply chain, operations and sales at TE sites in six different states. TE’s internship program is designed to fill the company’s leadership development programs and early career roles. In addition to real world job experience with a global impact, TE’s interns experience a wide range of professional development workshops covering financial literacy, corporate communications and personal branding. Other programming includes global networking events, community involvement opportunities and executive exposure.
Students entering their sophomore year in the 2021-2022 academic year may learn more about the TE Connectivity African Heritage Scholarship at te.com/scholarships.