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Cultivating the Future STEM Talent Pipeline with High School Internship Programs

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The School SeriesCultivating the Future STEM Talent Pipeline with High School Internship Programs

The demand for STEM-educated talent has never been greater, yet too few students pursue studies in these critical fields. The next High Tech Council School Series panel discussion will examine how organizations can help nurture and inspire future tech talent in underrepresented communities through participation in high school internship programs.

Join the Council, 2022 annual sponsor Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), MITRE, and Mercury Systems on November 17, 2022 as they share their experiences working with, and in ADI’s case, starting an innovative high school internship program to nurture early interest in STEM fields and expose young talent from underrepresented communities to the myriad opportunities available through STEM-focused education and careers. Panelists from three MHTC member companies will discuss two distinctive high school internship programs:

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Colleen Brown, HR Director of Automotive & Energy, Communications, and Aerospace at Analog Devices | John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science

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Stephanie Moody, Vice President of Human Resources at Mercury Systems | Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School

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Derek Sam, Design Evaluation and Test Engineering Manager at Analog Devices | John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science

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Bruce Stephens, Employer Engagement Manager, IT at Boston Private Industry Council | John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science

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Jessica Yu, Principal Human-Centered Engineer and Group Leader at MITRE | Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School

Attendance to Cultivating the Future STEM Talent Pipeline with High School Internship Programs is free, but pre-registration is required.

Attendance to Cultivating the Future STEM Talent Pipeline with High School Internship Programs is free, but pre-registration is required.

Featured High School Internship Programs

Cultivating the Future STEM Talent Pipeline with High School Internship Programs will feature the following institutions.

John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science

John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science

About the School: The John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science is a diverse, supportive community of learners that engages in a rigorous and comprehensive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program integrated with Humanities. The college preparatory exam school enables its students to reach their full potential and become leaders who will shape the direction of society.

About the Internship Program: Analog Devices partnered with the O’Bryant School to create a unique, cohort-based summer internship program for juniors and seniors that are designed to:

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Encourage qualified students to pursue careers in engineering & technology

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Increase student opportunities for higher education

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Increase diversity & inclusion in STEM fields

Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School (NDCR)

Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School (NDCR)

About the School: Established in Lawrence, MA in 2004, Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School (NDCR) is a private, Catholic, college preparatory high school currently based in Methuen, Massachusetts serving 290 economically disadvantaged youth. NDCR is part of the Cristo Rey Network, a growing association of 38 schools across the United States whose education model is built around the Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP), a unique and highly successful partnership with the business community developed by the Jesuits.

About the Internship Program: CWSP enables all students to earn the majority of their tuition by working in entry-level positions at one of over 75 companies throughout Merrimack Valley, Route 93/128North Corridors and Southern New Hampshire. Students work in a four-person job-sharing team to fill one full-time equivalent position during standard daily business hours, Monday through Friday, for the entire academic year. Each student works five full days per month, learning valuable career skills while continuing to develop the diverse workforce needed to remove systemic barriers. Academic schedules are structured so that students work without ever missing class. Students must complete a training program that includes workshops such as Phone Skills, Dress for Success, Time Management & First Impressions.

Featured Speakers

Colleen Brown Analog Devices

Colleen Brown

Human Resources Senior Director of Automotive & Energy, Communications & Cloud, & Aerospace Division

The School Series: Cultivating the Future STEM Talent Pipeline with High School Internship Programs Analog Devices, Inc.

About
Colleen Brown has been at Analog Devices for 18 years and is currently the Human Resources Senior Director for Analog Devices’ Automotive & Energy, Communications & Cloud, & Aerospace Division.

Colleen began her career as an elementary school teacher before transitioning into HR and has held various positions within Talent Acquisition and as HR Business Partner to many areas of the organization at Analog.

Colleen holds a Bachelor of Arts/Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a Master of Business Administration from Suffolk University.

Derek Sam Analog Devices

Derek Sam

Design Evaluation & Test Engineering Manager

The School Series: Cultivating the Future STEM Talent Pipeline with High School Internship Programs Analog Devices, Inc.

About
Derek Sam is a Design Evaluation and Test Engineering Manager for the Smart Grid Solutions (SGS) team within the Sustainable Energy Group at ADI.

His team’s charter is to ensure make sure that the special purpose converters and other devices designed for the energy market meet design specifications and ADI’s high quality standards.

Over the past 10 years, he has worked as a Test Engineer, a Design Evaluation Engineer and as an Applications Engineer. He has worked at ADI since 2010 and has a degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University.

Bruce Stephen Boston Private Industry Council

Bruce Stephen

Employer Engagement Manager, IT 

Boston Private Industry Council

About
Bruce Stephen is a seasoned business developer, researcher, communicator, connector, and strategist in the technology sector.

He dynamically connects people, ideas, services, data, and opportunities to build better opportunities, customer engagements, and lives.

Since late 2017, he worked as an employment engagement manager with the non-profit Boston Private Industry Council where he focuses on IT/technology and expanding the PIC’s Tech Apprentice summer internship program for BPS high school students. He also helps lead TechHire Boston, a convening of organizations, resources, events, and ideas committed to building a more diverse technology workforce in Boston.

Stephanie Moody Mercury Systems

Stephanie Moody

Vice President of Human Resources

Mercury Systems

About
Stephanie Moody is the Vice President of Human Resources for Mercury Systems, an aerospace and defense company based in Andover, MA.

In her six years with the company, she has built a strong HR business partner team helping Mercury grow from a $500M to a $1B organization.

Prior to joining Mercury, she worked for a number of innovative brands with strong corporate cultures including Fidelity, P&G and Nike. Stephanie helped guide these companies as they transitioned through mergers and acquisitions as she specializes in corporate transformations.

She has three grown children and now that she’s no longer a soccer mom, Stephanie spends her free time participating in causes that are near and dear to her, including bike rides and walks for cancer research, Alzheimer’s awareness, and Minuteman ARC, a group home for children and adults with disabilities where her brother lives.

When she’s not at work or giving back to the community, Stephanie enjoys biking, skiing, hiking, and anything else that lets her enjoy the great outdoors.

Jessica Yu MITRE

Jessica Yu

Principal Human-Centered Engineer & Group Leader

The MITRE Corporation

About
Jessica Yu is a human centered engineer, master innovation facilitator, group leader, and mentor, with a passion for cooking, adventure, and lifelong learning.

Her background in journalism and human resources enables her to bring a unique perspective to her technical work, emphasizing the importance of individuality, talent, curiosity, and storytelling.

In her role, Jessica applies her passion for making the world a better place through human centered design to create innovative solutions for our nation’s most critical challenges. Working across military and treasury domains, she has experience developing and executing user experience strategies to maximize usability impact while working with developers in an Agile process to create software prototypes. While keeping the big picture in mind, she applies user-centered design methods to translate user needs, business objectives, and technology capabilities into exceptional user experience interfaces. Jessica was named a 2020 Women of Color STEM Conference “Technology All-Star” for her work and accomplishments.

Jessica’s user research experience includes designing and facilitating user studies and experiments to provide insight into users’ mental models while testing and evaluating tools. In addition to eliciting and analyzing user requirements, she has also evaluated the usability of a wide range of systems and platforms. 

Jessica is also a founder of MITRE’s Innovation Toolkit, a curated resource to help MITRE collaborate internally and with sponsors for more effective creative problem solving with human centered engineering methods and tools. 

A focus on people has always been at the center of her career. Prior to becoming an engineer, Jessica led MITRE’s College Recruiting and Student Program where she was responsible for setting the strategy to engage students across the country to create an awareness of MITRE as an employer of choice, facilitating full-cycle recruiting, and creating internal programming for co-ops and interns from the high school to the Ph.D. level. 

Jessica earned both an MS in Human Factors in Information Design and an MBA with a concentration in Global Business and Markets from Bentley University. She also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Partners & Sponsors

Special thank you to the following partners and sponsors.

2022 Annual Sponsor
Analog Devices, Inc. The School Series: Cultivating the Future STEM Talent Pipeline with High School Internship Programs
Collaborators & Sponsors
Azenta Life Sciences 2022 School Series Sponsor STEM Talent Pipeline
STEM Talent Pipeline The MITRE Corporation

Cultivating the Future STEM Talent Pipeline with High School Internship Programs