It’s that time of year again! As summer fast approaches and students finish up their schoolwork, families begin to make plans for the summer. Whether it’s traveling, attending camp, or working a summer job, high school students enjoy filling the summer months with a variety of fun activities. For high schoolers passionate about technology, SAP provides an exciting opportunity to explore their interests and learn about the newest technologies that industry professionals use every day to help the world run better and improve people’s lives.
Each year, SAP’s Center of Expertise (CoE) in North America hosts high school students at its Newtown Square campus outside of Philadelphia to participate in a weeklong Summer Orientation. The program provides students who are interested in computer science with the opportunity to learn about SAP technologies through hands-on activities while receiving educational and career guidance from professionals in the field. SAP experts lead daily, interactive sessions that cover a variety of exciting topics, from coding and data analytics to SAP Cloud and IoT platforms. Over the course of the week, students use their technical skills and newly acquired knowledge to resolve real-world scenarios using SAP technologies.
The CoE Orientation is a week-long workshop where high school students work on an innovation project, with the STEM Innovators guiding them. They also meet different SAP teams, have a career tips session, and hear a few sessions on topics such as big data, IoT, and machine learning. The main focus is their project, however, and they present to CoE leadership at the end of the week.
The CoE Orientation project topic last year was to improve on the machine learning and SAP HANA integration from an original project and then integrate those results with Alexa. We split the students into teams of three to four, with each person focused on machine learning, SAP HANA, or Alexa. Each team held a SCRUM at the beginning and end of each day to recap daily progress and set goals for the next day. The students were at SAP for a week, but project work sessions were only a total of about 12 hours. The support they needed was from the STEM Innovators, who had worked on these topics for about two months by then and were able to assist when the students needed guidance.
SAP wants to be involved along the way to provide students the guidance necessary to make informed decisions about their futures. What better way to achieve this than to provide students access to the cutting-edge technologies created by SAP to drive innovation and the future of digital business transformation? These exciting activities make the CoE’s High School Summer Orientation a unique opportunity for students passionate about computer science to explore their interests before they graduate and embark on the next stage of their educational journeys.
High school students interested in attending the 2019 CoE Summer Orientation should apply to the below job posting. Transcripts are required to be considered for the program. Reference letters are also welcome, but not required. Ideal candidates will have a strong interest in STEM and a desire to pursue further study and/or a career in a STEM-related field.
Applications will be accepted until May 30th. Students accepted to the program will be notified of the decision by June 7th. The orientation will run from July 22nd – 26th.