Intel has awarded five third-level students with scholarships as part of its 2012 Women in Technology programme that aims to encourage women to pursue careers in science and technology.
The programme, which is open to female school leavers who are starting undergraduate degrees in the science and engineering areas, has been run by Intel at its Shannon, Co Clare, site over the past few years. This year, Intel ran the programme for the first time at its Leixlip, Co Kildare, campus.
The students who have each been awarded with a grant worth €2,000 per year as well as opportunities for future work placements at Intel in Leixlip are Catriona Clarke, a student at NUI Maynooth; Aine Cahill, a student at Trinity College Dublin; Lucy van Dijk, a student at University College Dublin (UCD); Nicole Fleck, a student at Dublin City University; and Caoimhe Joyce, a student at UCD. The students have started undergraduate degrees in either science or engineering.
Each student will also be assigned a mentor from Intel who will provide advice on managing their academic careers.
For this year’s Women in Technology programme, Intel worked with local schools and a number of universities to seek out applications from females who were starting third-level education.
Yesterday, Intel Ireland’s general manager Eamonn Sinnott presented the five winners with their scholarships and he spoke about how women are still under-represented in the technology workplace.
"This programme creates an important opportunity for us to encourage more young females to pursue careers in science and technology, as well as giving them first-hand experience of the career opportunities at Intel," he said.