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NYC Turing Fellows Program: The Best Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics Students Compete for Summer Fellowships at New York City’s Most Innovative Technology Startups

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"If you want to work at a startup and are passionate about technology, it would be foolish not to apply to the NYC Turing Fellows Program." - Ricky Hussman, 2011 Turing Fellow

The second annual NYC Turing Fellows Program, which matches outstanding students to paid summer internships with leading technology startups, is now accepting applications from undergraduate and graduate students across the U.S. and Canada. The program is open to students studying computer science, engineering, or mathematics who are looking for a competitive summer internship at one of New York City’s top startups.

Last year, the Program offered fellowships to 19 of more than 750 applicants, or less than 2.6 percent. Students from 113 schools and universities in North America applied to the Program.

The final application deadline is noon on Monday, February 6, 2012. Semi-finalists who are selected by the startups will earn a paid summer internship and a $5,000 scholarship. The students also benefit from a summer curriculum consisting of networking and educational events. Last year’s program included: a tour of the Museum of Modern Art, a Yankees game, networking lunches with some of the city’s leading chief technology officers, and lectures from Dennis Crowley of Foursquare, Esther Dyson, and other leading startup CEOs. To apply, visit

“By connecting the top engineering and computer science talent from around the country with New York City-based businesses, the NYC Turing Fellows Program will continue to make an important contribution to the city's economy,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. "Our thriving technology sector is bolstering New York City's position as a global center for innovation, and along with the selection of Cornell and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology to build a brand-new applied science engineering campus on Roosevelt Island, we will ensure that we educate the next wave of entrepreneurs and create the jobs of the future."

"Most internships I know take a ‘science experiment’ or ‘busy work’ approach,” said Ricky Hussman, West Virginia University Graduate student and 2011 Turing Fellow at Foursquare. "The NYC Turing Fellows Program was a defining experience in my career and gave me a chance to make a real impact on a service used by millions. Through the program, I met an incredible group of peers from around the country, learned about the challenges and opportunities working at a startup, and discovered the incredible resources that a city like New York offers. If you want to work at a startup and are passionate about technology, it would be foolish not to apply to the NYC Turing Fellows Program."

2012 Sponsors and Partners Include:

-Startups: AppNexus, Birchbox, Blip, BuzzFeed, Conductor, Crowdtap, Cross Commerce Media, CrowdTwist, Etsy, GetGlue, H.BLOOM, Kickstarter, Knewton, Lot18, On Deck Capital, OpenSky, Pontiflex, Quirky, SecondMarket, ShopKeep, SinglePlatform, Squarespace, Sulia, Tapad, Tremor Video, Vook, and ZocDoc.

-Corporate Partners: Amazon (Web Services), Cooley LLP, Ernst & Young, Goodwin Procter, Gunderson Dettmer, Lowenstein Sandler, The New York Times Company, Silicon Valley Bank, SNR Denton, Sorin Royer Cooper, Square 1 Bank, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch.

-Venture Capital: Canaan Partners, FirstMark Capital, First Round Capital, General Catalyst, RRE Ventures, SV Angel and Tribeca Venture Partners.

-Individuals: Benjamin Barokas (Admeld), Dan Ciporin (, Ron Conway (SV Angel), Esther Dyson (EDventure), Jason Finger (SeamlessWeb), Brad Hargreaves (General Assembly), Scott Kurnit (AdKeeper), Dave Morgan (TACODA, Simulmedia), David Tisch (TechStars NYC), Nat Turner (Invite Media), and Zach Weinberg (Invite Media).

-City Partners: NYCEDC and NYCIF.

We are excited to participate in the NYC Turing Fellows Program because it is a great way to attract the top talent that we’re looking for,” said Cyrus Massoumi, Founder and CEO, ZocDoc. “Hiring the best engineers and developers in New York City is becoming more competitive by the minute and the NYC Turing Fellows Program is a terrific way for us to attract the people whom we need to continue successfully building ZocDoc.”

Peter Miron, CTO of Knewton, added, “The startups participating in the Program this year have raised more than $500 million in venture capital to date and are leaders in their respective areas. We are extremely gratified by the strong support of our many new and returning sponsors.”

The Program was founded in 2010 and is co-organized by Warren Lee, general partner at Canaan Partners; Amish Jani, co-founder and managing director at FirstMark Capital; Brian Hirsch, managing partner at Tribeca Venture Partners; Peter Miron, CTO of Knewton; Phin Barnes, Principal at First Round Capital; Brendan Dickinson, Canaan Partners; Abe Geiger, Columbia Business School.

About the NYC Turing Fellows Program
The NYC Turing Fellows Program seeks to support the rapidly growing technology ecosystem in New York City by matching outstanding computer science and engineering students from across the U.S. and Canada to paid summer internships with leading technology startups. The fellowship is named after Alan Turing who was an early pioneer in computer science and the quintessential hacker who invented a number of critical techniques for breaking German ciphers, including the Enigma machine, during WWII. Details on the NYC Turing Fellows Program can be found at Follow us:

Media Contact:
Jessica Fletcher / NYC Turing Fellows Program / 817-707-8429 / Jessica(at)nycturingfellows(dot)org


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