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What Supporting #DiversityInTech Can Do

May 9, 2016 by

Code/Interactive (C/I) a non-for-profit organization is actively creating diversity in the tech industry by providing computer science education to diverse low-income high schools all across New York City and placing the highest performing students in paid summer tech internships.

C/I student, Irving Perez was recently accepted Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) and will be attending Brandeis University on a full four-year scholarship to study computer science through the Posse Foundation. The opportunity to intern last summer at Business Insider was an invaluable and formative experience that contributed to his achievements and helped him to forge his path.

Irving is a second year student at Code/Interactive and the President of C/I’s Student Executive Board (SEB). He shares his favorite moments with C/I, from participating at several hackathons, interning at Business Insider, to receiving the Student Achievement Award at The #DiversityInTech Awards.

Irving has spent most of his free time expanding his coding skills and attending tech events through C/I’s program. From his first experience at C/I’s Google Hackathon; he went on to attend more hackathons, landing him the opportunity to present his mobile app idea at New York Tech Meetup.


As a young high school student at Democracy Prep Charter High School, Irving Perez shares his experience interning at Business Insider as a Quality Assurance Intern.

“My internship at Business Insider was a rewarding experience. I got to work side by side with tech professionals who have been developers, QA testers, and code reviewers for years. During my internship, I got to work hands-on with them on projects, while offering my input. Within just two weeks at my internship, I felt more than just a new intern, but a full-member of the Business Insider team.”

Companies like Business Insider have given C/I’s top coding students the opportunity to grow and learn in a professional environment. Irving mentions how his experience at Business Insider was an instrumental part in expanding his interest in the tech field.

“My main goal is to help people through the products I produce.” – Irving Perez

Give a C/I student, like Irving Perez the learning experience of a lifetime by interning at your company during summer 2016. A four week internship experience can influence a low-income student’s college education & career path.


To hire a Career/Interactive Intern and find out more about the program, complete the host form on our website: or email Program Director, Tom O’Connell, at [email protected]


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