Mar 25, 2017 02:53 AM EDT
The tech giant, Google, announced Thursday, that Howard University will be opening a satellite campus at the Googleplex in Mountainview, California. This will offer a chance to the university students to leave their city for the Silicon Valley, to study for three months a time.
According to Recode, the computer science students from the historically black university will be enjoying this networking opportunity because aside from the Howard faculty, their instructors will also include Google engineers. They will also be given the access to certain amenities including the popular cafeteria at Google's headquarters.
The satellite campus will serve as the three month residency for the junior and senior computer science Howard University students, because according to NBC News, it aims to get more black software engineers from HBCU involved in the tech field.
Howard University President Dr. Wayne Frederick said that Howard West will be producing hundreds of industry-ready Black computer science graduates, who will become the future leaders in transforming the global technology space into a stronger and more accurate reflection of the world. He also added that this program is envisioned with the goal of advancing a strategy that leverages
Howard's high quality faculty with the expertise of Google, while it rallies tech industry and other thought leaders around how important diversity is in when it comes to business and the communities they serve.
However, it was made clear that this is not an internship, nor a job because Google is not going to pay the students. It is the university that will provide the students the stipend that will help them pay for the housing and all other costs. Students will also be receiving academic credit.
Google has announced its commitment when it comes to hiring more diverse candidates and that they are willing to spend $150 million to make the company more inclusive.
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