Program Details

The College Mentor Connect program pairs college students with Two Sigma tech professionals on open source projects in a learning-focused environment.

Eligibility

In order to successfully apply for College Mentor Connect, applicants:

  • Must be full-time students currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at an accredited university in the United States
  • Should be majoring or planning to major in computer science or a related STEM field
  • Must be in their first year of a 4-year undergraduate degree program (rising sophomores)
  • Self-identify as a member of a historically underrepresented groups
  • May not currently be a Two Sigma employee or related to one

Application

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 currently closed. Please check back for the 2023 application later this year.

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 a member of a historically underrepresented groups.

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.

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.

A Day in the Life of a Mentee

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.

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.

Check Back for the 2023 Application

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