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New I Wish network launches with scholarship opportunity

Wednesday, 13th February, 2019 4:57pm

A brand new initiative seeks to connect third-level STEM students who have previously attended I Wish events with career opportunities.

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney launched the I Wish Alumni Association last Friday. Third-level STEM students who attended the I Wish showcase will now be able to join a growing network of like-minded, ambitious women to regularly meet up at events and mentor new generations of I Wish attendees.

Park Place Technologies along with I Wish and the IDA launched a competition that will offer two female STEM university students from Ireland a trip to the US, to experience a taste of a career in STEM.

Members of the new alumni association preparing for their final year in university can enter for the chance to win a visit to Park Place Technologies facilities in Boston and its headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio.

The 10 day programme will offer STEM work experience, engagement with expert mentors and the chance to learn about career opportunities at the Park Place facilities.

Travel, accommodation, meals, spending money and sightseeing tours will all be provided for the winners.

I Wish Co-Founder Caroline O’Driscoll said: “In just a short time I Wish has become Ireland’s largest STEM programme, and the alumni association will ensure that the connections that the girls made at I Wish strengthen and flourish during their STEM careers. This competition with Park Place and the IDA is the first of many exciting initiatives planned for the I Wish alumni as they explore a world of possibilities through STEM.”

Chris Adams, President and CEO of Park Place Technologies said, “Encouraging more women into STEM has long been close to our hearts at Park Place Technologies. Having opened our new operations centre in Cork in November, we’re delighted to be the first to partner with I Wish to offer female students in Ireland the chance to experience what a career in technology can truly offer them. We can’t wait to meet the competition winners and welcome them to our offices.”

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