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The Experience

As a TechGirl, you commit to 8 months of leadership training and join an alumnae network of TechWomen and TechGirls that will support you as you plan your higher education, careers and community-based projects.

TechGirls will:

  • Challenge themselves with new questions and concepts
  • Learn coding and tech skills from enthusiastic university professors
  • Network with influential industry leaders
  • Discover their own innovative leadership style
  • Create meaningful friendships with young women from all over the world
  • Explore the diverse communities of Washington, D.C., southwest Virginia and across the country
  • Inspire the next generation of women and girls in their home countries

Your U.S. program begins with group international travel with your fellow participants from your country with a flight escort. Meeting all the other young women selected from across your region is the first inspiring element to the program.

The TechGirls staff provides 24-hour supervision and a safe and secure environment.

2022 Program Flow 

These plans are subject to adjustment pending review of evolving best practices related to COVID-19.

The TechGirls team is aware that for some countries there may be academic calendar conflicts with the summer TechGirls program schedule. The TechGirls team, Department of State and U.S. Embassies are committed to providing support in coordinating with school officials to enable participation and we encourage girls from all eligible countries to apply.

July 8-9, 2022: Arrivals and Orientation in Washington, D.C.

July 10-22, 2022: Technology and leadership training at Virginia Tech , Blacksburg Virginia

July 23-28, 2022: Community Immersion component in one of the following cities (Austin, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Portland or Seattle). This component will include job shadow days, community service activities, and home stays with carefully screened and vetted American families.

July 29-August 3, 2022: Washington D.C.- Visits to NASA, Capitol Hill and capstone events.

Back at Home (August-January)

Community action plans: During the program, each TechGirl develops an action plan for a community-based project to transfer skills and knowledge back home. Projects have included – starting a Tech Club at school, offering training to classmates, helping local business by designing a website, creating an on-line dialogue forum with friends, blogging, and organizing tech career fairs at their school.