Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about CIC? We've answered some here!

What are the program dates and times?

The program will run for 4 weeks during Summer 2021. We will meet virtually using a video meeting platform Monday-Friday (excluding any U.S. holidays), roughly 9am to 3pm PT each day.

Dates What's happening
February 18, 2021 Application opens
April 18, 2021 11:59pm PT Application deadline
May 3, 2021 Applicants are notified of decisions
June 28th to July 23rd CIC Summer Program 2021!

Who is eligible to apply as a mentee?

  • Students who are currently enrolled in a school in Washington State in the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade when they are applying
  • Students who are actively involved in their school and/or community
  • Students who have an interest in learning about technology, society, justice, and changemaking (no previous coding experience expected)
  • All high school students are eligible to apply regardless of immigration status

We especially encourage students to apply who would be among the first in their families to attend a 4-year college, undocumented, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander, 2LGBTQIA+, from low-income families, and students with disabilities.

Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to participate?

No. We will not inquire about the residency or documentation status of students, and U.S. citizenship is not required for attendance.

Is it okay if I have never coded before?

Absolutely! We do not expect Mentees to have any prior coding experience. This program would be a great place to learn for high school students at any coding level, including a new beginner! This program is also great if you have coded before. CIC has a project-based curriculum, meaning that there is no upper limit on how advanced any Mentee can develop their projects! Mentors are available to guide Mentees at any level they are at.

Where will the program take place?

For 2021, the program will be virtual, meaning that we will be meeting, working, and interacting together online, using a video conferencing platform like Zoom.

Do I need to pay or buy anything?

No, this program is completely free, and laptops will be lent to all Mentees for the duration of the program to ensure everyone has access to the same technology. To acknowledge that many students would otherwise be working if they were not attending our program, we are offering a $2500 stipend to every CIC Mentee.

What if I do not have access to a computer or the internet?

We do not want technology access or cost to be a barrier to anyone, and this will not impact whether you are accepted or not. Laptops will be lent to all Mentees for the duration of the program. For internet or any other needs, just make sure to make a note in your application, and we’ll work to find a solution!

What if I cannot attend part of the program?

Due to program capacity and limited time, all Mentees are expected to attend the whole program.

Three unexcused absences may result in being dismissed from the program. To excuse an absence, you must contact your CIC Mentor AND the CIC Program Advisor via email to be excused.

What should I expect if accepted?

Overall, CIC is a 4-week long time commitment, Monday through Friday. In general, each week will focus on different intersections of technology and society, with different projects. All of the Mentors will be there to support you in your learning about technology and society throughout the day. Additionally, you will check-in with your Mentee group, led by your assigned Mentors, at the start and end of each program day.

Mondays through Thursdays will be more focused on projects. One day look something like this:

Time Activity
9:00am-9:30am Mentor Group Check-In
9:30am-10:30am Direct Instruction
10:30am-11:00am Break
11:00am-12:00pm Career Exploration Session (Mon/Wed) or Post-High School Education Session (Tue/Thu)
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch Break
1:00pm-3:00pm Office Hours: Project work time with Mentors
3:00pm-3:15pm Mentor Group Check-Out

Fridays will look a bit different and involve sessions and activities about identity and community, and opportunities to chat with changemakers from all types of places!

If you are accepted, we will reach out with plenty more details about what to expect.