LA-Tech.org, a nonprofit dedicated to introducing underrepresented LA communities to the tech sector, will provide 1,000 paid internships to students over the next two years.
LA-Tech.org is collaborating with tech companies to design and monitor the internship experience “so the companies feel fully equipped to provide exceptional internships,” which typically last between 10-12 weeks. Alongside their internships, interns will also take part in a fellowship program that includes professional development, network building, mentorship and regular check-ins.
The first 100 internships will focus on young people from South LA and is supported by UNITE-LA, a nonprofit for collaborative education reform, Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell and the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation.
“South LA is in the heart of the Second Supervisorial District and home to creative, talented and driven young people who want to work in tech but need support with accessing pathways into the vibrant careers within our growing tech industry,” said Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell. “I am proud that LA County is helping to remove barriers for tech companies to onboard interns by helping to subsidize the cost. This will allow for our young people to be paid while earning meaningful experiences and helping to contribute to companies in need of their talent. It’s truly a win-win.”