TE Connectivity has committed $3.5 million toward scholarships and internships for top-performing students who identify as Black or African-American to further diversify its workforce, the company recently announced.
Students who will be sophomores during the 2021-2022 academic year can apply for the program, which would begin with a paid internship next summer at one of several TE sites in the U.S. Students who successfully complete the internship receive a scholarship of up to $22,500 and are invited back for a second internship. The scholarship is eligible for renewal for the student’s senior year.
TE expects a new cohort of students will join the African Heritage Scholarship Program each year for the next five years.
For the first summer of the program in 2022, internships are available in engineering, product management, supply chain, operations, and sales at TE sites in six different states. The internship program is designed to fill the company’s leadership development programs and early career roles. In addition to real-world job experience, interns experience professional development workshops covering financial literacy, corporate communications, and personal branding. Other programming includes global networking events, community involvement opportunities, and executive exposure.
“We are excited to invest in the TE Connectivity African Heritage Scholarship to help attract diverse talent to our company’s pipeline of potential future employees and the STEM industry as a whole,” CEO Terrence Curtin said in the announcement. “We believe that a more inclusive and diverse workforce fosters innovation and I look forward to the new ideas this group of interns will bring to TE for years to come.”
For more information and to apply, visit te.com/scholarships.