The STIM Club at Orange Coast College will hold an information workshop on Friday to prepare students to apply RAISE project, a summer research program at California State University, Fullerton. This internship will last eight weeks over the next summer. The workshop will take place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and all STEM students are welcome to to assist.
“The project typically only takes about four students per school, but this year they said the OCC is guaranteed five places,” STEM club vice president Van Vu said.
Only five places are guaranteed, but up to eight OCC students have the opportunity to be accepted into the program.
STEM club president Truc Tran brought up the idea of hosting a workshop and Vu used his connections with staff at Cal State Fullerton to organize the event.
“This is a special event for me because I participated in the RAISE project, and now I am a leader for this project and my club,” Vu said. “It was a wonderful opportunity that I also want to give to our club members.”
Caesar Montenegro, the RAISE Project Transition Coordinator, will present all the details of the program, how to apply and what to expect over the eight weeks. Students will receive some tips on the interview process. Two former RAISE project participants who are now UCLA students will also be present at the event.
Vu, who attended the internship last summer, recommends this opportunity to all STEM majors.
“During this project, I was able to use knowledge from my graphics engineering class at OCC to draw a design and communicate with the machine in the Cal State Fullerton workshop,” Vu said. “This is an important opportunity because as community college students we don’t have as many internships.
This workshop is just one of many workshops organized by the STEM Club this school year.
“Until the end of the semester, we will hold more workshops that will benefit STEM students, ”said Truc Tran, president of the STEM club. “In the spring of 2022, we will also organize practical workshops. ”