The Embassy of the United States of America in Saudi Arabia and EducationUSA, in partnership with World Learning, is launching the Quincy STEM Career & College Exploration Program, which will bring together 50 U.S. and 100 Saudi high school students to explore youth leadership and develop soft skills relevant to college exploration and career development in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. This fully funded (free!) eight-week virtual experience is modeled on The Experiment Digital, a pioneer in online exchange programming.
Students who participate in The Quincy STEM Career & College Exploration Program will:
- Cultivate knowledge and practical skills in digital communication, leadership, problem-solving, and adaptability
- Exhibit an understanding of college preparatory competencies
- Demonstrate an understanding of career readiness skills
- Demonstrate an increased interest in pursuing higher education and careers in in-demand STEM industries
- Build a better understanding of Saudi Arabia and the United States and their peoples
- Develop their leadership and intercultural communications skills
DISCOVER THE DIFFERENCE
During The Quincy STEM Career & College Exploration Program, a team of experts in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia will facilitate online experiential learning activities, which will be tailored to accommodate students with different levels of STEM experience. Through college and career planning activities, participants will explore how to build digital communication and leadership skills through STEM opportunities in high school and higher education. Participants will also learn how to conduct an effective job search and identify skills or knowledge required for the field(s) they want to work in.
Participants will be grouped into “neighborhoods” of 25–30 students, which will be led by our trained U.S. and Saudi adult facilitators with support from peer mentors.
Participants who successfully complete the program will receive digital badges to showcase their knowledge and skills gained, access to the U.S. Department of State’s International Alumni Network, unique project funding opportunities from the U.S. Department of State, and a $400 scholarship for a summer 2022 program abroad with The Experiment in International Living.
This program takes place October 11 to December 5, 2021.
An optional program orientation online happens between October 7–10, with a time commitment of two hours.
Students will be expected to dedicate a minimum of four hours per week to program activities and assignments, with about one hour per week of synchronous online meeting time and about three hours per week of independent online assignments.
You are eligible to apply if you:
- Are between the ages of 15–18 years old;
- Are currently enrolled in or have not yet completed high school;
- Reside in the United States or Saudi Arabia;
- Have intermediate level English language competency;
- Have regular access to the Internet*; and
- Can devote a minimum of four (4) hours each week to the program.
*Internet support may be available upon request.
- Participate in virtual campus tours with current STEM students.
- Meet with STEM professionals and conduct informational interviews to learn more about emerging STEM careers.
- Identify and strengthen important college and career readiness skills.
- “Meet up” with your digital homestay sibling for a walk around their neighborhood or dinner with their family.
- Learn how to conduct an effective job search.
- Practice professional writing, including college application essays, résumés, and cover letters.
- Build a personal brand online through social media platforms, including LinkedIn.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I get from completing the program?
- Participants who successfully complete the program will receive digital badges to showcase their knowledge and skills gained, access to the U.S. Department of State’s International Alumni Network, unique project funding opportunities from the U.S. Department of State, and a $400 scholarship for a summer 2022 program abroad with The Experiment in International Living.
How do you select your students?
- During our application review, we look for participants who: (1) Fully complete the application and demonstrate a commitment to the program and its goals, (2) have an open-minded attitude and are willing to learn from others, (3) are interested in studying or pursuing a career in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) fields, and (4) represent diverse regional, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
The Quincy STEM Career & College Exploration Program is funded by the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia and EducationUSA.
The Quincy STEM Career & College Exploration Program is a program of World Learning in partnership with the Boeing-funded STEAM Discovery Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.