Worcester County Economic Development Accepting Applications for STEM Internship, Leadership, and Camp Programs

Worcester County Economic Development (WCED) is accepting applications from Worcester students ages 12-22 for 2016 STEM Summer Programs, which provide exceptional opportunities to explore career paths in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Online applications will be available at www.chooseworcester.org/STEM beginning March 1 and are due no later than March 31.  

“WCED offers the STEP UP and Reach for the Stars programs to engage local students in STEM disciplines,” WCED Director Merry Mears said. “These programs allow students, from middle schoolers through the university level, to engage with professionals in their own community while allowing businesses the opportunity to home grow their workforce.”

Reach for the Stars STEM Camp is a computer science and aerospace engineering summer camp taught by a team of qualified educators and engineering professionals. Students will participate in hands-on activities, engineering challenges, and related field trips. Offered at The Red Doors Community Center on 3rd Street in Ocean City, the camp is open to Worcester residents currently enrolled in grades 6-8. There is no cost to participate in the camp, and daily transportation is provided from central pickup points in Pocomoke, Snow Hill, and Berlin. Space is limited to 20 students. This eight-day camp will take place July 18-21 and July 25-28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New this year is the Worcester STEM Leadership Program for students currently in grades 9-11, added as a bridge from the camp years to the internship program. Students will participate in professional development sessions on Thursdays from June 30-July 28 to develop and enhance leadership skills. They will work with Hardwire LLC, the Pocomoke-based engineering company that produces armor systems, to complete a team engineering challenge. Students will be selected by application and interview, and will earn a $250 stipend for participation.

The STEP UP Summer Internship Program provides high school and college students with hands-on work experience in a STEM career field, thus allowing them to apply classroom studies to real life tasks. Interns will be placed in local medical settings, IT companies, engineering firms, environmental science agencies, and digital media production companies. They will also participate in professional development sessions, while on the job, that teach communication, time management and career skills. Interns are paid $11/hour for 100 hours of program participation between June 1 and July 28. To be eligible, students must currently be in grades 11-12 or Worcester County residents attending a university and majoring in a STEM field. 

Along with completed applications, students applying to any of the three programs must provide transcripts and contact information for recommendations from teachers, community members, or former employers. Transcripts should be mailed to:

STEM Summer Programs
Worcester County Economic Development
100 Pearl Street, Ste B
Snow Hill, MD 21863

For more information, please contact Fawn Mete at 410-289-5576 or fawn@reddoors.org or visit www.chooseworcester.org/STEM.