We host a free week-long program for incoming freshman girls who are interested in computer science before the semester starts. Our program gives participants the opportunities to live in dorms; tour tech companies; learn Python, web development, and graphic design; and create memories that last a lifetime -- all to kickstart their college career. We provide an amazingly impactful introduction to college, as it highlights the opportunities and resources Cal has to offer, as well as provides an inspiring community of women in a male-dominated field. Our ultimate goal is to give girls the opportunity to pursue computer science regardless of the barriers female students typically face, during and after the program.
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Here's what some CS Kickstart alumni have done!
Hi all! I'm Jenna-Kaelyn, an incoming fourth year computer science student. This past summer, I worked at Pandora on the Playlist Team, and this fall I will be working at Uber on the Uber Maps team. Other than CS, I’m passionate about live music and am on my way to attending all the major US music festivals. CS Kickstart was the perfect program for me coming into college, and I hope you find the program amazing as well! - 8/18/17
I was part of the first cohort of CS KickStart, and helped organize the program during my time at Berkeley. I am now a CS PhD student at Johns Hopkins working on Machine Translation. I am grateful to the program for helping me solidify my choice of major and career. But even more so, I am thankful for the mentors, classmates, and friends I met during the program and while organizing it. These are the people I continue to rely on as my support network. I am so proud of the continued success of the program. Congrats to all the current organizers! - 7/16/17
CS Kickstart was a great experience for me because I met freshmen women who became my closest friends and best support network, as well as upperclassmen who became role models I could turn to for perspective. CSK also exposed me to a lot of student groups who would help me expand my circles even further and discover different career paths in CS. I will be starting at Yahoo as a product manager this July. - 7/18/17
I am now studying EECS and Japanese. I spend my free time lab assisting for Berkeley's CS61A class, volunteering at Berkeley Animal Community Services, and tutoring in Berkeley public schools.
This summer I'm interning at Raytheon. It's hard to believe that two years ago I went through CS Kickstart, struggling through python and seeing UC Berkeley for the first time. CS Kickstart introduced me to the amazing support and teamwork that the Berkeley CS program fosters, and encouraged all of us to provide the same experience for the generation as well.
I've been helping out every summer with the program since then - it's a great opportunity to see the industry and make lasting connections. This summer, I'll be interning at LinkedIn as a software engineering intern.
Hey! I'm junior studying Computer Science at Berkeley. This summer I'll be interning at a start-up called Virool! CS Kickstart helped me meet one of my closest friends and gave me a lot of opportunities. Meeting the professors and engineers was awesome, it really helped me see the industry side and academia side.
Hi everyone! I am currently a junior at UC Berkeley declared in Computer Science. CS KickStart was such a great experience for me and over the past couple of years I've really gotten to know the intelligent and inspiring women that have participated in this program. This summer, I am very excited to be at Salesforce as a software engineer intern on the Analytics Cloud team.
I will be starting in July as a Software Development Engineer at the 343 Industries studio at Microsoft working on the Halo video game!
I will be returning to Khan Academy as a Product Designer. Before starting, I plan to spend my summer exploring Europe's fashion capitals and art museums. CS KickStart helped me understand how computer science can be creative. I also met a large network of valuable women I've become close to over my college career, and I hope to keep in touch with in the future!
Postgraduation, I'll be traveling to Turkey, Greece, and random bits of South America. I'll start working at Facebook late July.