For the fifth year, Optimizely is launching I/Own It, which is a boot camp scholarship and internship program. We partner with Galvanize each year to provide a path for individuals who are underrepresented in tech, and who have no professional technical experience, to begin a career in software engineering.
Optimizely’s I/Own It program was established in 2015 by one of our engineering managers, Jenny Lin, with the purpose of cultivating and supporting the participation of underrepresented groups in engineering at Optimizely and in our industry. This program has had a huge impact leading to previous winners launching their own startups, becoming key engineering leaders in the Optimizely organization, and supporting an industry in desperate need of diversity.
This year, we’re providing four full scholarships to Hack Reactor’s Software Engineering Immersive, immediately followed by a paid three-month internship at one of two Optimizely’s offices in Austin (one scholarship) or San Francisco (three scholarships). Together, these run six months, starting with the Hack Reactor immersive on January 19, 2021.
If you’re looking for a new opportunity in 2021, please consider applying for the I/Own It program at Optimizely. The deadline is October 18, 2020 and it is open to anyone who is underrepresented in the tech community.