If you eat, sleep, and breathe education the way we do at Ravenna, then you know the important role that STEM education plays for students, companies, the economy, and our country. You are also probably aware that women are largely underrepresented in STEM fields.

Ravenna is dedicated to leading innovation in admission software and STEM education is very important to us. So, this past summer, we welcomed four young women interested in technology to our team as interns. They were a force of nature – picking up and applying new technologies and tools so quickly our whole team was challenged with having enough projects for them.  You can see examples of some of their great work by checking out our website product videos!

The beginning of this school year is bittersweet for us, as we say goodbye to our interns who are each heading to college this fall. We are so grateful for their passion for and contribution to Ravenna, but also the STEM fields. You can learn more about them and their college goals below:

Rebecca will be attending Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and plans to study a wide range of subjects including math, English, biology, and Chinese. She also intends to go on to medical school. Interning at Ravenna  inspired her to take computer science during her senior year and she plans to continue programming in college. As a Williams Eph, she will be running on the cross country and track teams. Outside of school, Rebecca hopes to spend time hiking in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains.

Michelle will be attending MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is interested in pursuing a degree in electrical engineering and computer science, although she maintains a variety of interests in other fields like chemistry, physics, and nuclear engineering. In high school, she was involved in a recently founded Women in STEM club, which reaches out to middle school girls to support their interests in STEM fields. Michelle rowed for her high school crew team and will be rowing next fall on the Charles River for the MIT crew team.

Anna will be attending Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. While interested in technology, Anna hopes to pursue a possible government major and is thinking about one day attending law school. In addition, she wants to spend some time in college studying language and hopes to study abroad either in France, England, or Brazil. Anna spent two years as an editor of her school’s paper throughout high school, and hopes to continue this pastime in the future. She is looking forward to taking full advantage of all that D.C. has to offer.

Michaela will be attending Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. She wants to pursue biomedical engineering with a minor in either finance or religion. At her high school, she was an ambassador for promoting girls in programing by setting up an elective programming class for middle schoolers that targeted girls. After being a part of the Washington State Ultimate Frisbee championship team, she is hoping to continue the sport for the Claremont Green Shirts.

This summer’s interns not only practiced basic programming skills, but also learned more about the business world through close collaboration with the Ravenna team. Gaining insight into the workings of a successful tech startup provided them with valuable work experience and knowledge that will help them in their future careers.

Next summer, we plan to continue working to involve more young women in STEM fields through our summer internships.  In the meantime, good luck and best wishes for a great year to Rebecca, Michelle, Anna, Michaela, and all returning students!