Goldman Sachs Graduates Third Girls Who Code Class
This summer, Goldman Sachs hosted 40 high school girls from the New York area for our third annual Girls Who Code summer immersion program at our New York headquarters.
Created to inspire young women to pursue careers in technology and engineering, the seven-week Girls Who Code curriculum covered the fundamentals of computer science including algorithms, coding, data structures, mobile devices, user experience, robotics and cybersecurity.
Throughout the initiative, participants interacted with women professionals from the Goldman Sachs Technology Division. More than 100 members of the Women in Technology (WIT) affinity network contributed to the program by designing the curriculum and participating as speakers, workshop leaders, mentors and field trip guides.
The students participated in a coding competition that promoted team building, attended fireside chats hosted by senior leaders in the Technology Division, toured the New York Stock Exchange and the firm’s trading floors, and participated in a weekly speaker series that highlighted opportunities in software engineering.
Upon graduation from the program, participants were invited to stay in touch with Goldman Sachs professionals for ongoing mentorship as they prepare to apply to college. Following the completion of the 2013 and 2014 programs, almost all of the participants decided to pursue degrees in computer science.
“Girls Who Code taught me how to code, but it was Goldman Sachs people who helped me understand the benefits of knowing how to code,” one past participant said. “I was exposed to different career options in computer science, business and finance, and was able to tell my college interviewers about my amazing experience and skills I gained that summer.”