Cascadia Innovation Fellowship Launches in Seattle to Offer Paid Internships to Top Computer Science and Engineering Students

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Summer interns will work with some of Seattle's hottest technology startup companies including Redfin, Apptio, Zillow, Lockerz, and Extrahop.

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When the interns go back to school, they'll be able to see what they accomplished, live on the Web.

A coalition of startups and venture capital firms today launched the Cascadia Innovation Fellowship to bring world-class computer science students from around the country to Seattle and offer them a chance to work with some of the most exciting startups in the country as paid summer interns. Outside of Silicon Valley, Seattle has the biggest concentration of engineering talent in the country. The Cascadia Fellows will not only have the opportunity to make a big impact on the startups they work with, but will also have the chance to network with engineers at other small and large technology firms in the city.

“There is tremendous value in connecting the best and brightest of the upcoming entrepreneurial and technical talent with today’s top startups,” says Paul Goodrich, a Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group, one of the Fellowships organizers. “I want recognize Warren Lee from Canaan Partners, who led the charge to create the Turing Fellows program in New York, which was our inspiration for Cascadia. The impact that these students will make on the companies they work with, even just over three months, will be very meaningful.”

The program will offer paid summer internships to undergraduate and graduate students studying engineering or computer science. Upon completion of the summer program, each student will also receive a $5,000 scholarship. Beyond the work each intern will do at the company they are matched with, the program will coordinate other social and networking events for the group.

More information about the program and the application form can all be found at the Fellowship’s website: http://www.cascadiafellowhip.org. The application deadline is March 9, 2011. Ten finalists will be selected and flown out to Seattle to meet with the companies in the program they are interested in interning with.

The companies offering internships are Redfin, Extrahop, Zillow, Lockerz, Apptio, WildTangent, Impinj, Cheezburger Network, and Swype. Each of the companies are solving difficult technical problems, but the business models range from consumer focused, to networking and infrastructure, to social networking, and chip design.

“Redfin interns design and ship features used by millions of consumers, gaining experience that really stands out later when the time comes to apply for permanent positions, go to graduate school or start their own ventures,” says Glenn Kelman, the CEO of Redfin. “Like all the young companies in the Cascadia program, we look for folks with the drive, brains and resourcefulness to get something done over the summer. When the interns go back to school, they’ll be able to see what they accomplished, live on the Web.”

About the Cascadia Innovation Fellowship
The Cascadia Innovation Fellowship connects world-class computer science and engineering students with some of Seattle’s top technology startups. The paid summer internships and $5,000 scholarships are a small part of the rich experience the Fellowship will create for the participants. The Seattle technology community will support the fellows and provide them with networking, education, and insights that will benefit them as they finish school and well beyond into their career. Details about the Cascadia Fellowship can be found at http://www.cascadiafellowship.org.

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