Bessel Launches 2020 Summer Jobs Training Program

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Comprehensive six-week project-based learning program bridges gap from classroom to workplace for rising seniors and recent college graduates

Bessel, the creator of Bessel Origin, today announced that it is now accepting applications for its upcoming summer jobs training program. The Bessel Origin program provides hands-on work experience to college students and recent college graduates. Small teams work on real-world projects with coaching from experienced mentors. The program also includes interactive workshops in topics like design thinking, agile teamwork, communication, and other critical skills. Participants earn Origin™ digital badges from Bessel to share their new skills and experience with their professional network.

“During COVID-19, we have taught the Bessel Origin program to 20 remote teams at universities around the country,” said Chris Danek, founder of Bessel. “Now, we’re ready to offer the program to anyone who wants to level up their career, add real-world work experience to their resume, and prepare to thrive professionally.”

The Bessel Origin program is based on years of teaching and research in partnership with teams at Santa Clara University, Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and The University of Texas at El Paso. Participants have the opportunity to work on purpose-driven, real-world projects that both improve society and impact the environment. Projects may be sourced from Bessel, employers, and the community itself. Current projects focus on small business champions in the reopening of America, supporting a commercial-stage Online Vision Training platform, helping to develop a Portable Emergency Ventilator, and more.

“Participating in Bessel Origin through my class in Social Innovation at CatholicU exposed me to new industries and showed me new career paths,” said Ann Vogel, a recent graduate of Bessel Origin and now a staff engineer at Bessel.

The program is remote and is divided into three, two-week sprints. Participants work with 4 to 5 other team members in their cohort and each participant must commit 25 hours a week to the program. Fifteen hours are on a company-sponsored project in a small, multidisciplinary team, while the rest of the time is devoted to weekly workshops, preparation, and advancing a skill of personal interest. Students receive professional mentoring on a weekly basis and close interaction with their project sponsor.

The Bessel Origin Program is grounded in Purpose-Driven Impact. Teams measure impact considering effects on society and the environment. Teams also learn how to work in small teams so that everyone has a voice. Bessel practices this belief in diversity and inclusion at the program level as well. The program typically has more women and minorities than are represented in their professional field or program of study. Bessel reserves a portion of program fees to provide financial support to participants who need help.

Bessel Origin is designed by employers to help participants learn and practice real-world skills necessary to get hired. Participants gain these important skills and learn to contribute high-value work on a professionally curated, company-specific problem, all at an investment level appropriate for entry-level workers.

Students must apply to enroll. Financial assistance is available. For more information or to sign up for the next cohort, visit

About Bessel
Bessel transforms high-potential students and employees through hands-on project-based work. Small teams receive expert mentorship and workshops in design thinking, agile teamwork, and other skills critical to succeed in the workplace. For professionals, the Bessel Origin Program is a proven way to understand the language of work and learn through real-world work experience. For employers, Bessel helps identify, develop, and retain star performers using evidence-based talent management. For more information, visit


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