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

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The Workshop:

Build things you actually want to use with the Digital Wesleyan Workshop. In 6 Saturday sessions this Spring, you’ll learn programming fundamentals, create cool things with the language Python, and meet awesome Wes alumni working in tech.

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

Here’s what you need to know:

  • 10am-2pm, Saturdays, January 24th through February 28th (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. There will be a demo day on the final workshop session so you can show off what you’ve built!

    The Internship:

    Based on participation in the workshop, 10 students will be chosen to for a paid summer internship with Wesleyan alumni working in 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.

    Students will be paired with tech startups in New York City and San Francisco for summer-long paid internships, funded by alumni sponsors. 10 such internships are available, and your participation in the workshop will be taken into account in our evaluation process.

    Watch this to hear from last year’s participants about how this experience changed their lives.

    How to Apply:

    • Applications are due Sunday, 12/21. No exceptions.
    • You will be notified if you are accepted by Sunday, January 11th.
    • All current Wesleyan students are eligible to apply.
    • Preference will be given to students who have taken 1 or fewer CS classes at Wesleyan
    • Need convincing? Watch this to hear from last year’s participants about how this experience changed their lives.

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    Questions? Contact: Liza Conrad or Ani Acopian

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