“Since 2013, WCED has offered the Step-Up and Reach for the Stars programs to engage local students in the STEM disciplines,” WCED Director Bill Badger said. “This county program connects local students, from middle schoolers through the university level, with businesses and agencies in Worcester County. These programs provide students with a platform to learn from professionals and entrepreneurs in their own communities while allowing employers the opportunity to home grow their future workforce.”
These programs provide opportunities for Worcester County youth to explore unique career paths in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Reach for the Stars is an eight-day computer science and aerospace engineering summer camp taught by a team of qualified educators and IT and engineering professionals. Offered at The Red Doors Community Center on 3rd Street in Ocean City, it is open to Worcester residents enrolled in grades six through nine in the 2014-2015 school year. There is no cost to participate in the camp. Transportation, meals and snacks are provided. Space is limited to 20 students. Camp will take place during a two-week period: July 20-23 and July 27-30.
The Step-Up Summer Internship Program is designed to provide high school and college students with the opportunity to gain hands-on work experience in a STEP career field, thus providing an opportunity for classroom studies to be applied to real life tasks. It also connects Worcester County STEM businesses with their future workforce.
Interns will be placed in medical settings, IT companies, engineering firms, environmental science agencies and digital media production companies in Worcester County. They will also participate in professional development sessions while having jobs that teach communication, time management and career skills. They will earn $11/hour in 20-hour per week internships over a six-week period from June 22 to August 1. To be eligible, students must be Worcester County residents entering grades 11 or 12, or attending a university and majoring in a STEM field (students away at college are still considered county residents), be at least 16-years-old, and be eligible to work in the United States. Returning participants are welcomed, but are limited to three total years of program eligibility and no more than two years of placement at the same internship site.
In addition to filling out a completed application, interested students must provide transcripts and recommendations from a teacher and a community member. Paperwork should be mailed to:
STEP UP STEM Internship Program
Worcester County Economic Development
100 Pearl Street Suite B
Snow Hill, Md. 21863
Prospective interns will be contacted by Friday, April 3 to schedule an interview. Interviews will take place on April 6, 8, and 11. Program selections will be announced via email on Friday, April 24. The matching period where selected interns are placed with employers takes place during May and June. Some employers require a second interview before confirming a placement. Internships begin June 22.
The application process for the camp and internship program is competitive. For more information about the Step-Up and Reach for the Stars Program, call Fawn Mete at 410-289-5576 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.chooseworcester.org/STEM. Applications are available online and are due no later than Tuesday, March 31.