2022 College Mentor Connect are due by 11:59pm ET on December 24, 2021.Apply now

Program Details

As part of our commitment to supporting diverse talent in tech, Two Sigma sponsors a yearly College Mentor Connect program. This 6-week remote summer mentorship program pairs early college students from historically underrepresented groups in STEM with Two Sigma tech professionals on open source projects in a learning-focused environment.

Who are the mentors?

Participants in the program will be paired with Two Sigma employees for the summer. As a financial sciences company, Two Sigma combines data analysis, invention, and rigorous inquiry to help solve some of the world’s most complex economic problems.  Our teams focus on analysis, experimentation, design, and elegant implementation and look forward to sharing their insights with you as you develop your summer project.

Who are the mentees?

First year college students (rising sophomores), majoring or planning to major in Computer Science or a related field, who self-identify as African American, Black, Hispanic, Latinx, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander or another historically underrepresented race or ethnicity.

When is it held?

This is a fully remote program held Monday, July 11 – Friday, August 19.

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Benefits of the College Mentor Connect Program

Technical Skills

Gain hands-on, practical experience in open source software development with professional guidance.

Professional Network

Begin to develop your professional network and learn from their experiences.

Career Guidance

The program includes educational workshops designed to help you begin developing your career. You will learn how to write a better resume, hone your interview skills, and have opportunities to learn from company leaders.

How to apply

For your application, prospective mentees are also strongly encouraged to include:

– Your current resume.

– A 3-5 sentence statement about why you’re excited to participate in the program.

– A link to your GitHub account if you’ve contributed to open source projects in the past.

Please submit your resume and statement together as a single file under “Upload Resume.”

Applications are due by 11:59pm ET on December 24, 2021.

What does the program entail?

Project types

Mentees will work on open source projects, so prior open source contributions are a plus, but not a requirement. Because some independent project work is expected, mentees will need to have completed at least one college-level programming course in order to be successful.

Mentee responsibilities

The focus of this program is on learning and professional development. Although you will be working on a project with associated milestones, there are no specific delivery requirements tied to participation. 

Mentee responsibilities include:

  • A daily project update check-in with your mentor (flexible format).
  • A weekly live (e.g. virtual) 1:1 meeting with your mentor, where you’ll discuss your project, work through any technical challenges you’ve encountered, chat about career goals, and seek advice.
  • A willingness to engage, learn, and ask lots of questions; whenever possible, this will include attending educational workshops.

Time commitment

The time commitment for mentees is expected to be approximately 15 hours/week. Although your Two Sigma mentors will only be available during business hours (M-F; 9am-5pm ET), mentees can complete independent project work whenever suits your schedules.

Compensation

A stipend is available for those selected.

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