Q: What is BRDG bridge-to-connect?
A: BRDG is a non-profit organization dedicated to the success of first-generation college students majoring in engineering and computer science. We aim to diversify the population of potential employees and future leaders who are not only well-rounded and knowledgeable in their technical skills but in possession of leadership, interpersonal abilities, and socially aware.
The Application Process
Q: What are the requirements for BRDG?
A: Students must be:
- A first-generation college student
- Majoring in engineering and/or computer science
- Graduating in the year 2021 from a four-year university
- Not involved in any other mentoring or paid program
Note: Students receiving financial aid are strongly encouraged to apply
Q: What is a first-generation college student?
A: You are a first-generation college student if you and your siblings are the first to attend college and receive a degree. If either of your parents has a degree (an associate degree or a bachelor's degree), you are not considered a first-generation college student.
Q: Does it matter what university I attend?
A: While we intend to expand our reach in the coming years, we currently can only consider students in southern Los Angeles and Orange Counties in California.
Q: Is this program only for girls?
A: No, gender is not a consideration.
Q: Does BRDG accept international students?
A: Regrettably BRDG is not accepting international students at this time.
Q: When will applications open again?
A: Applications for the 2020 cycle will open October 11, 2019
Q: If I do not have three reference letters, can I only submit one or two?
A: No, BRDG asks for exactly three reference letters in your application submission.
Q: Will I be able to be in the program while working?
A: No, BRDG asks that BRDG Ambassadors in Training do not have job commitments during the duration of the program that is not relevant towards his or her future career goals. We do provide a generous stipend and help ambassadors-in-training acquire a paid internship over the summer with the possibility of it becoming a part-time job during the fall.
Q: How many hours a week can I expect to be doing work for BRDG?
A: Commitment hours vary on a week-to-week basis. BRDG asks that you volunteer 5-7 hours each week working on technical and developmental projects for the organization or research as available. The time commitment in meetings is approximately 4-6 hours each week.
Q: When can I expect to be notified if I am selected to be in the program?
A: Before December 25, 2019
Q: When does the program start?
A: The 2020 program starts in January 2020
Q: When is the deadline for the application?
A: Sunday, November 17 at 5 pm. Late submissions will not be accepted!
Q: Can graduate students apply?
A: No, BRDG only accepts undergraduate students graduating in the year 2021
Q: Will my application be considered if my GPA is under 3.0?
A: Yes, your application will still be considered for acceptance.
Within the Organization
Q: Am I guaranteed a mentor in the career I wish to pursue?
A: No, BRDG is not a formal mentorship program that teaches one to succeed in a technical field. We aim to provide the knowledge and skillset you need to become a leader in the professional world.
Q: What types of social, cultural and professional issues/discussions/ workshops will there be?
A: The workshops and discussions are tailored towards the students, their interests, and the career they are pursuing.
Q: What technical projects are available within BRDG?
A: Technical projects available to students depend on what needs attention. Example project includes website management, social media assistance, database architecture, subject research and article writing.
Q: May I speak to one of your current Ambassadors in Training to learn about their experience?
A: Yes, please reach out through the Ambassador in Trainings' email found on the team page.
Q: Where will meetings be located?
A: Meeting locations depend on the parties involved and what is most convenient.
Q: How will I be getting paid? How frequently?
A: You will be receiving a check in the mail bi-weekly. Stipends are paid for approximately 32 weeks a year up to 40 weeks.
Q: Does BRDG guarantee their ambassadors an internship?
A: No, BRDG will only assist our ambassadors to obtain their paid summer internships. Whether or not the student is successful depends on his or her personal efforts towards their own future.