DTech is a comprehensive effort to empower the next generation of diverse leaders who will bring increased innovation to the tech industry. The program centers around the idea that relationships, mentorship and hands-on experience make the difference in recruiting and retaining such individuals in technology fields.
What is DTech?
The year-round DTech Program supports Duke students from groups underrepresented in tech. DTech provides undergraduate members with opportunities to build community, learn about career options, develop interviewing skills, connect with hiring companies, gain advice from upperclassmen, and grow as leaders. Over the past year, the DTech member community has grown to include a diverse group of over 400 women studying Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Math/Statistics and other tech-related fields.
Once students are DTech members they are eligible to apply to the DTech Scholars Program which is a comprehensive summer experience including:
A 10-12 week technical summer internship (Internships are obtained by the students, often with the support of DTech.)
Spring workshops to prepare for the internship experience
Subsidized summer housing with other DTech Scholars in locations such as the Bay Area, Seattle, and Raleigh-Durham
One-on-one mentorship provided by experienced tech leaders and previous DTech Scholars
Networking events to meet industry leaders
Weekly workshops featuring visits to top tech companies and leadership training
Weekly DTech Circles with other DTech Scholars to build community and provide/receive support
Cultural and social events with Duke University Alumni
Why is DTech Important?
We launched DTech in 2016 because we saw that although diverse groups of undergraduates started out choosing courses in computing, something happened along the way -- and fewer than we hoped actually chose careers in tech. We believe that intervention as early as possible in a student's academic career is critical for retaining all students in technical majors. By helping students develop a supportive community, gain real-world experience, visualize the broad range of potential tech careers, and build relationships with industry leaders, DTech increases the probability that individuals will graduate with technical degrees and ultimately thrive in the tech industry.
DTech gave me a support system to find an internship in the first place. Before the program, I doubted that I was qualified. Because of DTech, I now feel more confident in both my professional and personal abilities.
2019 DTech participant
DTech changed my view of the possible things I could accomplish with technology and created relationships I'll value through the rest of my life. I had an incredible summer.
- 2019 DTech participant
After the summer, I definitely realize that there are so many more options available to me than I initially realized. And so much of that is just through like going to DTech events and hearing from these panels of women talk about their experiences
- 2019 DTech Scholar