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 also in possession of leadership and interpersonal skills, 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 or computer science
- Graduating in the year 2022 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: What is the timeline for this Application Process?
Monday, November 23, 2020: Application Due at 5:00 pm
Late submittal will not be accepted
Monday, December 7, 2020 Notification if selected for interview
December 14 – 18, 2020 Interview week
Before December 25, 2020 Notification if selected
Mid to end – January 2020 Program Starts
Details to follow after you are selected
Q: Does it matter what university I attend?
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 2021 cycle will open October 2020
Q: If I do not have three reference letters, can I only submit one or two?
A: No, BRDG requires 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 to his or her future career goals. We do provide a generous stipend for your Spring semester while, together (BRDG team and you) will work hard to position you for a paid technical internship in Summer 2021. The goals is for you to also acquire a paid internship or a part-time job during the fall of 2021 to further strengthen your technical resume.
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, 2020
Q: When does the program start?
A: The 2021 program starts in January 2021
Q: When is the deadline for the application?
A: Monday, November 23 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 2022
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. During Covid-19, most meetings will be virtual.
Q: How will I be getting paid? How frequently?
A: You will be receiving a check in the mail every two weeks. Stipends are guaranteed throughout the Spring 2021 Semester. You will be expected to have paid Summer and Fall internship. Stipend beyond Spring 2021 can be available upon Board review and approval.
Q: Does BRDG guarantee their ambassadors an internship?
A: No, BRDG will only assist our ambassadors to obtain their paid Summer and Fall internships. Whether or not the student is successful depends on his or her personal efforts towards their future.