Our Program

Our fellowship program consists of career prep workshops and mentorship from volunteer professionals.

Workshops

Fellows participate in 16 workshops to learn soft and hard skills through interactive activities and assignments. Some of the topics we cover with fellows are the following: public speaking, teamwork, leadership, problem solving, Excel, and JavaScript.

Fellows also complete a semester-long group assignment called “Project Synergy”. The group assignment allows fellows to utilize the soft and hard skills they have learned to create a mock business. Each group will then conduct a presentation on their mock business in front of a panel of judges.

To wrap up the program, fellows participate in 2 workshops titled, “Career Conversations”. Fellows will get more in-depth information on potential career paths in both business and technology to help solidify their career goals.

Mentorship

In addition to workshops, each fellow is paired with a volunteer mentor to receive one-on-one career guidance. Mentors serve as the “ultimate life hack” for fellows to learn from and build a lasting relationship with.

Mentors help Fellows develop SMART* goals to complete during and after the program. Fellows meet with their mentors once a month to discuss progression towards completing their SMART goals and receive career advice.

* = SMART - Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely

Requirements for Applicants:

    • Must be enrolled as a full-time student in any of the eighteen CUNY colleges (four-year or community)
    • Must be graduating in May 2023, December 2023, or May 2024
    • Must have a minimum 3.2 GPA (only for sophomores)
    • Must be interested in pursuing a career in the business or technology field
    • Must be available to attend virtual Saturday morning workshops in the fall and in-person Thursday evening workshops in the spring

As a Fellow, we expect you to:

    • Manage your time effectively as you balance school and commit to attending 16 workshops
    • Engage with your mentor on a consistent basis to maintain a rewarding and healthy relationship
    • Initiate building relationships with the business/technology professionals you meet through DI
    • Actively apply to internship and company insight opportunities for early career exposure
    • Complete personal and group project assignments in a punctual and high quality manner

As a Fellow, you will:

    • Learn in-demand soft and hard skills to separate yourself amongst the competitive workforce
    • Receive a mentor working in the business/technology sector to help guide you along your journey
    • Build your professional network through consistent networking and learning opportunities
    • Gain extensive knowledge on your desired career path to help you make informed career decisions
    • Earn a recommendation letter from the co-founders upon successful completion of the program

Applications Close Thursday, October 1st at 11:59pm

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where do workshops take place?

For the fall 2020 semester, workshops will be hosted virtually on Saturdays from 12 PM until 3:30 PM. For the spring 2021 semester, workshops will be hosted on Thursdays from 6 PM to 8:30 PM. The program lasts from October 24th until May 27th.

What is the application process like?

After submitting an online application, we will take time to review it. If we decide to move forward, we will conduct a video interview and then inform you of a final decision.

How much money will I have to spend to be a fellow?

You will be spending zero dollars, but it is important to know that while this program is FREE, we ask fellows to pay us with something even more valuable: their time. By showing up to the workshops with an open mind and commitment to investing in yourself, you will have provided us with all that we need.

What kind of workshops will be taught?

Fellows will be taught how to improve their soft and hard skills, as well as gain a better understanding of what career paths to pursue. We also have a hackathon-type project fellows will work on called, Project Synergy. Fellows will develop a product/company, while integrating the hard skills taught to them through our workshops.

Am I guaranteed an internship placement?

No. As with anything else in life, you will have to work for it, and we will be there to help you get there. DI provides fellows with an outstanding support system from mentors, business/tech professionals, fellows, and board members. t will not be easy, but anything special is never easy to obtain.

Will mentors be at every workshop?

No, mentors will not be present at every workshop. However, mentors are volunteering their time to be a resource to you during your meetings.

Who will be conducting the workshops?

Workshops will be conducted by professionals who currently work or have worked in the business or tech field. Professionals who come to our workshops have years of experience with an expertise to share.

How many workshops can I miss?

Fellows may only miss one workshop per semester.

I don’t go to CUNY, but I’m interested in being a fellow. Can you make an exception for me?

We are happy to know you are interested, but our program is only for current CUNY students.

Will my status in the program be affected if I decide to pursue a non-related business/tech field?

Of course not! We want fellows to have an open mind when it comes to our program. Regardless of your intended career path, we want what’s best for you and will support you no matter what!

I am a student interested in pursuing a career in tech. Do I need to have some coding experience?

Not at all. Fellows will participate in technical workshops that will cover a lot of basics. Having no experience will not hurt an application.