Bring your resume and your interview chops to the Annual Careers in Tech Workshop hosted by We in Computer Science (WiCS)!
This workshop brings together tech industry professionals and computer science students from PSU, CCC, and PCC to talk about invaluable topics such as resume critique, mock interviews, internship and job search tips, networking advice, salary negotiation, understanding various CS jobs, CS jargon, and advice on transferring into PSU’s CS program.
In 2018-19, over 100 students have benefited from our programs. Here’s what students are saying about our programs!
“…When I attended the hackathon last year, I found it to be something that bridges ideas throughout everybody. I found myself in a space where everyone had the equal right to say what their ideas were and discuss the best approaches to solve the problem. I firmly believe that this type of community is what’ll change the world for the better…” – Alejandro Castaneda
“I could not have succeeded in the CS program without a mentor….Being a mentor is about paying it forward to an individual, but also helping that individual grow and working together to be advocates for a more functional and healthy culture.” – Molly Shove
“…I think [Grace Hopper Celebration] gave me an increase in confidence. I felt so pumped to be around so many cool women and people in tech. It was sad when I came back and one of my classes only has like 4 or 5 women in it, of like 40 or 45 students. This made me feel even more driven to embody the WiCS mission and do all I can to increase representation in tech.” – Allie Hanson
Applications for the 2019-2020 Mentorship Cohort are now open! Whether you are new to CS or have a few internships under your belt, you would be a wonderful asset to our incoming cohort. We believe that having a community support system will shape your education and your career for the better!
If accepted into the 2019-2020 Mentorship Cohort you will be invited to our Kick Off Party, Saturday October 12, from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm at Parkway North in the Smith Memorial Student Union. Here the pairings will meet, have lunch (on us, of course), play games and do a scavenger hunt to help new students get to know the PSU campus.
Prior to the Kick Off Party, accepted mentors are required to attend a training event to give our mentors the tools and training they’ll need to be great mentors! The Mentors Only Training is before the kick off party from 10:00 am to 11:00 am also at Parkway North in the Smith Memorial Student Union. Coffee and a light breakfast will be served.
Congrats to the Mentorship Program Cohort 2018-2019 and graduating WiCS Members! Thanks for joining us in our end of the year celebration at Puppet last week. Here are some scenes from the party! We would like to thank the photographer and fellow WiCS member, Mike Wilson, for capturing the excitement from this event! It was a blast and we hope you all have an enjoyable summer. See you in the Fall!!
Who: WiCS Mentorship Program + Puppet What: A party to recognize and celebrate our mentors and mentees. When:Friday, June 14th from 5pm to 7pm Where: Puppet – 308 SW 2nd Ave, Portland OR 97204 Why: BECAUSE YOU ALL DESERVE IT! How:RSVP HERE
At the EOY Banquet we would like thank our graduating members, mentees to mentors, and have a great time celebrating community, growth, and success. There will be fun activities, a photo booth, an award ceremony and HAWAIIAN FOOD! Come party with us as we feast with our friends and say goodbye/thank you to the Mentorship Cohort 2019!
Tue, May 7th – Nominees will have until this day to accept their nomination
Wed, May 8th – e-Ballots will be sent out
Wed, May 22nd – Voting Closes
Fri, May 24th – Meet your new WiCS leaders for year 19-20 at our next Town Hall Meeting!
*Make sure you are accessing the link with your pdx email
How Nominations Work
If you know someone who would make a great leader please fill out a nomination form
These nominations forms are anonymous
You may nominate more than one person
You may nominate the same person for more than one position
In this case, nominees will get to accept which position they prefer to run for
You can nominate yourself 🙂
Don’t let the descriptions deter you from nominating yourself or accepting a nomination. If elected you will have a support system to help you gain the skills needed to be a good leader.
Why you should consider a leadership position with WiCS
Being on leadership team will give you a safe, supportive and fun avenue to practice important skills such as public speaking, leadership, team building, communication, marketing, networking and so much more!
WiCS is gaining industry notariety. We have local business knocking on our door asking us how they can be involved and how they can sponsor our next event. WiCS leaders communicate and work with industry recruiters on a regular basis. This include companies such as Puppet, Vacasa, AWS Elemental, Intel and much more!
You will actively contribute to the success of underrepresented groups in their CS education and careers.
You will actively contribute to a safe and supportive CS culture at PSU
We must rethink cities to be beyond smart, to be brilliant cities that integrate technology for the promotion of improved education, human health, environmental health, resiliency, quality of life and equity.
– Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science’s Strategic Vision
It’s that time of year again! No, not dead week of the darkest, coldest season in the PNW. Rather, the long awaited reveal of this year’s Spring hackathon theme and sign up form – the literal light at the end of the winter tunnel. This year our theme is Brilliant City, borrowed from MCECS’s Strategic Vision introduced last fall. What better way for us to uphold our school’s vision than to plan a hackathon around the concept!
So without further ado, here are the details regarding Brilliant City Hackathon 2019.
Where: We’d like to thank Vacasa for donating their downtown office for this year’s hackathon. While the EB Building has been a good home to this event in previous years, Vacasa’s space will inspire and motivate our creators in ways that only being off campus can provide (no offense EB building – it’s almost finals week so we need a break).
What: A hackathon is a safe space for students of all levels to come together and create something related to the theme. The overarching mission of a [brilliant] city is to optimize city functions and drive economic growth while improving quality of life for its citizens using smart technology and data analysis.
How: Click the button below to access the sign up form. Visit the FAQ Page and/or email email@example.com will questions!
The Mentorship Program is growing and we want you to be a part of it! If you’re interested in being a mentee or a mentor fill out the questionnaire by January 24th to be considered for an open spot in the program.
The Mentorship Program aims to foster the growth of incoming CS students and to continue our mission of making the department at Portland State a safe, inclusive space to learn. Out mottoe “we belong” motivates us to encourage new and returning students to be a part of our movement by growing our community and inspiring others to do the same.
With the WiCS Mentorship Program, new and returning students can join to either become a mentor to students new to the PSU CS culture or to simply be a mentee who seeks guidance and friendship while embarking on their new adventure.