Program Overview

DI Fellows participate in bi-weekly internship prep workshops, while also receiving mentorship from business and tech professionals to ultimately become well-rounded prospective interns. Each workshop will introduce Fellows to new professionals across various industries to build their professional network.

Benefits

    • Meet business and tech professionals from various industries to expand your network
    • Receive a mentor to help you navigate your career
    • Develop yourself to be a well-rounded leader
    • Preparation for future internships in your career
    • Full focus on your professional development

Eligibility

Requirements for Freshmen:

    • Attending a CUNY college (two-year or four-year)
    • Will have no more than 30 credits by May 22, 2020*
    • Interest in pursuing a career in a business or tech related field (all majors accepted)
    • Available to attend bi-weekly Thursday evening workshops for the Fall and Spring semesters

Requirements for Sophomores:

    • Attending a CUNY college (two-year or four-year)
    • Will have no more than 60 credits by May 22, 2020*
    • Interest in pursuing a career in a business or tech related field (all majors accepted)
    • Available to attend bi-weekly Thursday evening workshops for the Fall and spring semesters
    • Minimum GPA of 3.2

Applications Now Open!

Deadline: September 27th

If you have any questions, email us here.

*We do not count college credits earned in High School towards your credits earned in college

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where do workshops take place?

Workshops are hosted bi-weekly on Thursday evenings from 6 PM until 8 PM in Midtown Manhattan. The program lasts from October 17th until May 7th. Fellows must be on time and present for at least 11 out of the 14 workshops.

How much will I have to spend to be a fellow?

You will be spending zero dollars, but it is important to know that while this program is FREE, we ask fellows to pay us with something even more valuable: their time. By showing up to the workshops with an open mind and commitment to investing in yourself, you will have provided us with all that we need.

What kind of workshops will be taught?

Fellows will be taught how to improve their soft and technical skills, as well as gain a better understanding of what career paths to pursue. We also have a hackathon-type project fellows will work on called, Project Synergy. Fellows will develop a product/company, while integrating the technical skills taught to them through our workshops.

Am I guaranteed an internship placement?

No. As with anything else in life, you will have to work for it, and we will be there to help you get there. DI provides fellows with an outstanding support system from mentors, business/tech professionals, fellows, and board members. It will not be easy, but anything special is never easy to obtain.

Who will be conducting the workshops?

Workshops will be conducted by professionals who currently work or have worked in the business or tech field. Professionals who come to our workshops have years of experience with an expertise to share.

Will it always be the same workshop speakers?

Absolutely...not! At each workshop, we bring new professionals for fellows to connect with. By doing so, fellows will have significantly grown their network upon completion of the program. As a fellow, you will be responsible for connecting and building relationships with the professionals who come to our workshops.

I transferred from a community college with an Associates degree, but will be starting my first year at a four year college. Am I considered a freshman who is eligible?

No. Unfortunately, you must be a student who will have no more than 60 credits by the end of Spring 2020. With an Associates, you will have surpassed that.

How can I be involved with Diverse Influencers even if I’m not eligible?

We host an annual event for ALL CUNY undergraduates called Meet the Recruiters. Be on the lookout for more information by following us on LinkedIn! We will see you there.

I don’t go to CUNY, but I’m interested in being a fellow. Can you make an exception for me?

We are happy to know you are interested, but our program and all events are for current CUNY students.

If I start out as someone wanting to pursue a business-related career, but decide to pursue a career in tech instead,
will that affect my status within the program?

Of course not! We want fellows to have an open mind when it comes to our program. Regardless of your intended career path, we want what’s best for you and will support you no matter what!

I am a student interested in pursuing a career in tech. Do I need to have some coding experience?

Not at all. Fellows will participate in technical workshops that will cover a lot of basics. Having no experience will not hurt an application.

What is the application process?

After submitting an online application, we will take time to review it. If we decide to move forward, we will conduct a video interview and then inform you of a final decision.

What do you look for in a DI Fellow?

Candidates for our program must be:
1. Authentic with their goals and intentions for their career
2. Determined to learn how to improve themselves and succeed