NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Campus Reps

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The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) program is excited to start recruiting for its next cohort of AiC Campus Representatives (AiC Campus Reps). The Campus Reps are drawn from the AiC Community, a network of more than 25,000 technical individuals from high school to the early workforce. To learn about the current Campus Reps, visit the Campus Reps Directory.

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AiC Community: Apply Now

Applications for the 2024-2025 Campus Reps cohort opened on May 1st and will close June 30th, 2024. Decision notifications will be sent by August 1st, 2024.

Below, find more information about this opportunity to represent AiC!

About the Program

The AiC Community is growing rapidly, and members can volunteer to help ramp up engagement on local college and university campuses! AiC Campus Reps help steward the growing AiC Community by welcoming new members, promoting the AiC Community to non-members on campus, acting as a friendly point of contact for interested high school students, and staying well-informed about NCWIT opportunities to share with other AiC Community members at their institution. This volunteer opportunity is open to eligible students at campuses across the United States and Canada.

Grayscale photo of Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Campus Rep Sarah Olson smiling toward the viewer and holding a DSLR camera
Guidelines and Expectations

Campus Reps can run outreach activities on their campus with the intention of inviting and welcoming new AiC Community members, and are asked to do at least two of the following:

  • Connect with existing AiC Community members via:
    • Email and listservs
    • The AiC Community Facebook group
    • The AiC Community Slack workspace
  • Host an AiC Meetup or an introductory event on campus, such as:
    • Conferences appearances
    • Networking opportunities
    • Speaking at a club
    • Tabling resources
  • Invite students to join the AiC Community
  • Meet with visiting students in-person
  • Poster AiC flyers on campus
  • Share opportunities from NCWIT and AiC throughout the year
  • Talk to professors and departments about the AiC Community
  • Keep NCWIT up to date on relevant conferences and events on or near campus for support with swag or resources, and be a point of contact on campus

"Don’t be scared of presidents of clubs and putting yourself out there."

- Sarah Olson, Campus Rep

Eligibility

AiC Campus Reps must be:

  • A member of the AiC Community
  • 18 years or older at the time of application submission
  • Enrolled in a higher education institution.
    • ​At least a college freshman at the time of application submission for US-based applicants attending US higher education institutions, or
    • At least a high school senior at the time of application submission for Canadian-based applicants attending Canadian higher education institutions.
Grayscale photo of AiC Campus Rep  Lara Ozkan, an undergraduate student at MIT, smiling toward the viewer

Expectations

AiC Campus Reps must set a goal in both the fall and spring semesters to promote the AiC community, and the goal in the spring semester can build on the goal for fall semester. Goals must relate to spreading the word about Aspirations in Computing and the AiC Community on your campus. NCWIT staff will assist you in setting your goals, which will include:

👋 Hosting two outreach activities on campus, as listed above.

⏱ Committing to an average of 5-20 hours per month, depending upon your goal.

💬 Joining the Campus Reps channel in the AiC Community Slack workspace.

💻 Virtually meet with NCWIT staff throughout the school year.

All Campus Reps are asked to communicate promptly with NCWIT AiC Community staff, and are required to meet at least three times during the year, and no more than monthly. All members of the Campus Reps cohort will also attend an attend an orientation meeting with the full cohort, a mid-point check-in meeting with other local Campus Reps, and a final check-in meeting. Campus Reps are also strongly encouraged to meet virtually with cohort members on a bi-monthly basis to connect and brainstorm ideas.

Grayscale photo of Paridhi Latawa, an Aspirations in Computing Campus Rep, wearing glasses and smiling toward the viewer.

Benefits

Make new friends and connections on campus! This is a great way to get involved, network with peers, connect with organizations and professors, and maybe even land an internship or job. Other benefits include:

  • Access to exclusive AiC Campus Reps swag
  • Access to NCWIT connections and resources
  • Gaining leadership experience
  • Get complimentary items from AiC and NCWIT for promotional purposes
  • Opportunities to receive a professional recommendation on NCWIT's Linkedin page.
  • Opportunities to attend and speak at Regional Award events
    • Reimbursement for car, bus, and train travel is available!
  • Opportunities to apply for funds to host regional Meetups
    • Reps with US Tax ID numbers may apply for AiC Meetup funding in the form of a physical or electronic Visa gift card. Reps must apply for funds at least one month before the event.
    • Reps from Canada who do not have a US Tax ID should work with their affiliate manager to secure funding for events and/or outreach activities.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email [email protected].

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