Digital Wesleyan Fellowship Program

Digital Wesleyan is an alumni group founded and run by alumni, independent of the university. We are entrepreneurs, investors, and executives building the next generation of technology and media companies.

We believe that starting a company, or finding a startup company to join, appears a lot harder than it is, and we’re coming to campus to dispel the mystery.

Technology startups, like no other work environment, present an opportunity to use creativity to solve real world problems.

We want to provide you with the tools and language to identify problems that you want to solve, and then solve them.

- Liza Conrad '11, Jake Levine '08, Tim Devane '09 and Alex Rosen '08

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The Workshop:

7 week workshop that helps you learn programming fundamentals, explore product design, and build your own stuff with the language Python. Participants can apply for exclusive paid summer internships with Wesleyan-affiliated startups.

Also, it’s free, includes lunch, and requires zero prior experience.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • 10am-2pm, Saturdays, January 23rd through March 5th (including free, catered lunch. And no, it’s not from Usdan).
  • Learn Python, a programming language, to build real things that you and other people can use. You do not need to have any prior programming experience to succeed in the workshop.
  • Develop a strong foundation upon which you can learn other languages and skills (hello, iOS development!)
  • Learn from a legit programmer, Ashley Gavin, who worked for MIT’s Lincoln Lab on national security issues and later went on to develop highly-regarded curricula for Girls Who Code and other CS Education organizations. She’s also a standup comic.
  • Meet Wesleyan alumni who work in technology and learn about way they do, how they got to where they are, and how you can get there (and beyond!), too.
  • Work with your classmates and teacher to get through the tough stuff. We’ll offer office hours and make sure you succeed.
  • What you build depends on what interests you. You will do a final project of your choice, and we’ll help you make it awesome. If you want to build a mobile app from the group up and you’ve never programmed before, you will probably need to keep learning after this workshop. We’ll point you in the right direction and cheer you along.

    The Internship:

    Workshop participants can apply for exclusive paid internships with Wesleyan-affiliated startups. You’ll get to work alongside their team and contribute to the company’s mission. You'll get unparalleled exposure to the tech industry and learn a ton.

    Internships will be offered in partnership with tech startups in New York City and San Francisco. Applications will be competitive and selection will be based on interviews, your resume, and participation in the workshop. We will spend one workshop session helping your with your resume and interview prep.

    How to Apply:

    • Applications are due Sunday, 12/13. No exceptions.
    • You will be notified if you are accepted by Sunday, January 11th.
    • All current Wesleyan students are eligible to apply, including CS majors.
    • Preference will be given to students who have taken 1 or fewer CS classes at Wesleyan

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    Questions? Contact: Liza Conrad or Ani Acopian

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