New internship program helps underrepresented students find "a place in tech" at Ann Arbor companies

This article is part of a series about diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in Washtenaw County's tech sector. Support for this series is provided by Ann Arbor SPARK.

Sabrina Xiao has interned before, but she says it "was nothing like what [she's] experiencing now" in the Ann Arbor Entrepreneurs Fund's (A2EF) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Internship Program.

"It's only been a few weeks and I'm feeling more empowered," says Xiao, a 19-year-old University of Michigan (U-M) student. "Last year I had a really big case of imposter syndrome, but now I know that I have a place in tech."

Xiao was one of 75 people who vied for a spot in the program, which provides underrepresented college students an opportunity to gain paid work experience at local startups. The initiative also serves participating startups by providing professional DEI resources and training, and access to new talent.  

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