College and Professional Opportunities
Computer Science Degree Programs & Majors
Computer science is such a diverse field, it can be hard for students to pick a path. The following guide looks at computer science education and dissects degree programs and coursework at all academic levels. It then delves into CS on the cutting edge, with profiles of degree options that tap into new tools, ideas and specializations. Get the inside scoop from experts, and learn what it takes to both enter and thrive in one of today's hottest sectors.
Under President Obama’s leadership, the Federal Government has taken steps to help students and recent graduates join the Federal service. New opportunities will appear on USAJOBS as agencies post them.
Presidential Management Fellows Program
The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program seeks eligible individuals for selection as Finalists to obtain appointments as PMFs in the Federal Government. Presidential Management Fellows are assigned to work in a broad range of areas including public policy and administration, domestic and international issues, information technology, acquisition, human resources, engineering, health and medical sciences, financial management, and many other fields in support of public service programs. This year, the PMF Program continues the STEM track pilot for those Finalists having specific advanced degrees in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM). After the application closes, Semi-Finalists will be determined and invited to participate in an in-person assessment, which will be factored into selecting Finalists.
Complete information about the PMF Program, PMF STEM track, eligibility and how to apply can be found under the "Become a PMF" section on the PMF website at http://www.pmf.gov/
STEM Takes Flight at Virginia's Community Colleges
Virginia’s community college students pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields statewide have access to new scholarships, research experiences, internships and courses thanks to a two-year NASA grant to the Virginia Space Grant Consortium. Community College faculty in STEM fields will have access to professional development at NASA.
For more information on STEM Takes Flight Programs click here.
Join scientists and technologists from around the world in one of the largest collaborative forecasting efforts, ever.
SciCast is a research project run by George Mason University and sponsored by the U.S. Government to forecast the outcomes of key issues in science and technology. SciCast is based on the idea that the collective wisdom of an informed and diverse group is often more accurate at forecasting the outcome of events than that of one individual expert.
SciCast is a community-driven initiative. Participants write their own questions in our publishing tool called Spark and participate in a process to get those questions published. SciCast participants can make forecasts at any time about any published question. Unlike a survey, participants can change their forecast at any time to account for new information. In this way, SciCast is a real-time indicator of what our participants think is going to happen.
Our goal is to get thousands of participants from around the world. We’re currently reaching out to Professional Societies, Universities, and interest groups to solicit their participation. If you are part of an organization you think would like to participate, please let us know and we will introduce ourselves.
Women Etc. brings together technology professionals to learn, network and collaborate on issues and opportunities facing women in technology. The conference will bring together more than 500 talented technical women for career development, networking and technology-centric learning opportunities. WomenEtc. is hosted by the Richmond Technology Council's WIT Forum.
This year's conference will take place September 30, 2014, at the Carpenter Theatre in Richmond. Registration is $80.00 for an all day pass, or $45.00 per session. For a complete schedule, list of speakers, and to register, visit the Women Etc. website.
The Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) works in collaboration with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Program to strengthen and advance the field of professional informal science education and its infrastructure by providing resources for practitioners, researchers, evaluators and STEM-based professionals. CAISE also facilitates conversation, connection and collaboration across the ISE field — including in media (TV, radio, and film), science centers and museums, zoos and aquariums, botanical gardens and nature centers, cyberlearning and gaming, and youth, community, and out of school time programs.
Code for America is working towards a government by the people, for the people, that works in the 21st century.
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit that helps residents and governments harness technology to solve community problems.
- We encourage and empower residents to take an active role in their community.
- We facilitate collaboration between government staff and foster forward-thinking approaches to solving city problems.
- We support civic-minded entrepreneurs and startups.
The Fellowship is a service-year program where civic-minded developers, designers, and product managers create small startup teams and partner with a local government for a year-long collaboration.
Fellows and government staff work together to build apps, foster new approaches to problem solving throughout City Hall, and tackle issues the community is facing. In the past, teams have worked on solving for access to social services, alternatives to incarceration, and new avenues for public input.
Are you looking for an opportunity to apply your education to real world applications? CSIIP connects you to paid undergraduate internships in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Participation in CSIIP enhances your résumé and is a good way to gain actual job experience in your field of study and build relationships with potential employers.
Must be at least 18 years of age and attending a Virginia university, college, or community college. Virginia residents attending accredited out-of-state colleges may also apply.
Actively enrolled undergraduate students should be taking at least six (6) credit hours per semester and making demonstrated progress towards a STEM degree.
Must have completed at least 30 or more post-secondary education credits and are at least at rising sophomore status prior to the internship. Recent graduates are also eligible to participate.
Must be majoring in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) field.
Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
- Must have a GPA of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale
The mission of the Institute for Broadening Participation is to increase diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. We design and implement strategies to increase access to STEM education, funding, and careers, with special emphasis on diverse underrepresented groups. We believe that diversifying the STEM workforce is the best way to ensure our nation's economic vitality and solve global challenges.
The NASA DEVELOP National Program fosters an interdisciplinary research environment where applied science research projects are conducted under the guidance of NASA and partner science advisors. DEVELOP is unique in that young professionals lead research projects that focus on utilizing NASA Earth observations to address community concerns and public policy issues. With the competitive nature and growing societal role of science and technology in today’s global workplace, DEVELOP is fostering an adept corps of tomorrow’s scientists and leaders.
DEVELOP bridges the gap between NASA Earth Science and society, building capacity in both participants and partner organizations to better prepare them to handle the challenges that face our society and future generations.
The School of Science is hosting a number of exciting summer programs. Each program has a unique aim, but all share the common goal of utilizing the resources of the School of Science to enrich the academic well being of their participants. All programs are supported by grants from external funding agencies.
The Roanoke – Blacksburg Technology Council is the leading resource for the region’s growth and success. The RBTC exists to connect and unite the region’s technology community, develop and educate thought-leaders, mentors and the technology workforce, and improve access to talent.
MIT offers nearly all of their course materials for free online through MIT OpenCourseWare. Each course includes a syllabus, video lectures, problem sets, and exams, allowing students at any school to supplement their own courses or explore new subject areas.
Girl Develop It is an international nonprofit that seeks to encourage women of all backgrounds to learn to code for their personal and professional development. The organization offers online instruction materials here, but also consists of local chapters to provide hands-on mentorship and tutoring. There are currently no chapters in Virginia, but use this form to indicate your interest in starting a chapter in your area!
Code Montage is a network that connects computer programmers with nonprofit organizations that need their services. In this way, it allows programmers to use their skills for social good. Sign up, find an organization of interest, and get started on their requested tasks. The site is collaborative, meaning beginning coders can find support while starting on their first programming projects. Alternatively, submit projects that could benefit from open-source collaboration here.
The VTEEA contains an overwhelming caliber of technology and engineering education programs, teachers, advisors, and students. Our main purpose is to increase the awareness of technology and engineering education and its affiliated organizations.