General Atomics welcomes STEM interns from Preuss School UC San Diego

Four-week program provided opportunities for students from underrepresented communities in San Diego

San Diego, August 23 – General Atomics (GA) recently completed the inaugural session of a new high school summer internship program that aims to provide students from San Diego’s underrepresented communities with access to employment and learning opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Five students participated in the four-week program from July 11 to August 4.

Held at GA’s Torrey Pines campus, the program was coordinated with The Preuss School UC San Diego, a single-charter college and high school for low-income college students striving to become the first in their families to graduate. university. The program allowed students in their junior and senior years at Preuss to participate in paid internships working in GA labs.

“We believe GA provides essential exposure to authentic STEM work experience for academics who have traditionally been underrepresented in this industry,” said Dr. Helen V. Griffith, Executive Director of the Preuss School. “Their partnership is invaluable and will serve to pave the way for transformative careers and increase diversity in STEM professions.”

Interns were paired with GA scientists and engineers, who served as volunteer mentors. The goal was to give students exposure and awareness of STEM careers by working directly alongside GA staff and college-level interns. Students gained valuable work experience and developed leadership skills while putting their education into practice.

“I really enjoyed the internship and working and learning with different GA employees,” said Agnes, one of Preuss’ interns. “I thought it was really informative to learn more about the careers, paths and tasks available to someone pursuing a life in STEM.”

“It was wonderful to see the students grow scientifically and professionally in such a short time,” said GA engineer Wendi Sweet. “Seeing their motivation to learn and take on challenges during their summer was truly inspiring.”

“Being paired with mentors provided students with formal training, knowledge and encouragement, while giving them tools to make informed decisions about their future,” said Shelly Sutphen, Outreach Coordinator for the ‘AG, who coordinated the program with the Preuss School. “The experience was greatly appreciated by the students and gave them a greater chance of success.

Students worked with their mentors to complete a project tailored to their academic interests, giving them the chance to explore advanced science topics in a lab environment. Mentors also guided students in developing professional skills such as communication and time management. The internship helped students begin to build a professional network that will be a valuable resource in future endeavours.

“The science and technology industries are very heavily dependent on active support for STEM education,” said GA Energy Group Senior Vice President Anantha Krishnan, who designed the program last year. “Developing a diverse workforce means creating opportunities for students despite historical cultural and socio-economic barriers. GA is proud of the successes achieved by students in this program. »

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