MN AiC is a flagship program of the Minnesota Technology Foundation

The Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Program (MnAiC) empowers high school students who identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary by providing various opportunities. These include prestigious awards, paid internships, mentorship pairings, job shadow experiences, scholarships, and hands-on learning experiences aimed at cultivating technical, entrepreneurial, and leadership skills. The program focuses on amplifying voices, building identity, rewarding persistence, and recognizing fortitude as participants enhance their proficiency in technology and computing. Specifically designed for students in 9th-12th grade, the Award for Aspirations in Computing is a key component. This award acknowledges and celebrates students based on their demonstrated aptitude and aspirations.

Celebrate the MN AiC Winners

Join MnTech and the Aspirations in Computing Scholars for the 2024 Award Ceremony on April 18, 2024.

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Impact

Since 2012, over 800 students have been recognized for their technology achievements and interests:

335

Top State Honorees

236

Job Shadow Matches

121

Mentor Matches

432

Rising Star Honorees

107

Summer Paid Internships

26

College Scholarships

69

National Honorees


Get Involved With Aspirations in Computing

We’re actively seeking partners for the current year, and there are several ways for you to engage. You can contribute as a sponsor, collaborate as an internship partner, offer job shadows, serve as a mentor, host learning experiences, or encourage students to apply for the upcoming cycle. Your active involvement is central to shaping the future of aspiring technologists. Join us in positively impacting and cultivating a more inclusive and diverse tech community.

Sponsor MN Aspirations in Computing

You can make a lasting impact on a Minnesota-grown technologist by sponsoring MN Aspirations in Computing. There are multiple levels of sponsorship available, and each has a tremendous impact on high school students who identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary. View our Aspirations in Computing sponsorship page to learn more and purchase.

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Provide an Internship Experience to a MN Aspirations in Computing Student

If you're interested in providing an internship experience to a student, please fill out the form below.

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Tech Experience Tours

Providing Students With Rewarding Experiences Since 2015

The Minnesota Technology Association is partnering with area companies to provide unique Tech Experience Tours for students interested in learning more about technology and the business world.

MnTech is dedicated to building a deep, diverse pool of tech talent in Minnesota, and we believe that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. Tech tours open pathways to success for students whether they choose to pursue postsecondary education or enter the workforce after high school. Research shows that the most effective encouragement for students to pursue a STEM career is the opportunity to meet and interact with a STEM professional.

Tech Tours provide high school students with the opportunity to have a first-hand encounter with a high-tech work environment. Companies of any size can participate, and a single company could host an event or partner with nearby companies to host joint events. Students will consist of one group or possibly multiple groups of 15-25 high school students, including many who are considered at-risk, low income, and/or underserved populations.

Companies can host one event or 2-3 throughout the week, with the events being 1.5-2 hours per group. Events can be held during the school day or after school (more groups tend to be available after school). Student groups would be responsible for transportation.

Events can include any or all of the following: interactive/hands-on activity, breakout groups, presentation, career panel + Q&A session, tour of the workspace, and more!

Apply to Host or Attend a TourAccess a Tech Tour Resource Guide

Apply for the MN Aspirations in Computing Awards

Who Should Apply?

Students enrolled in Minnesota schools in grades 9-12 who identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary.

Why Apply?

This award celebrates and recognizes your leadership ability and academic history, along with your computing-related interests, aspirations and achievements. Aside from access to internships, job shadow experiences, and mentor matches, as well as connections to employers and prizes, winning this award can be a life-transforming experience.

Additional Prizes

Award Recipients are eligible for additional prizes, including local and state media attention, cash rewards, and attendance at a Rising Star, Certificate of Distinction, or Top-Tier Honoree Ceremony.


In Doubt About Applying?

If in doubt about your readiness to be recognized, simply apply. You may be surprised with the outcome!

Keep in mind, all applicants are eligible and by applying you will be invited to participate in a variety of technology activities offered in the months ahead.

Important Dates

September 1st: Aspirations in Computing High School Applications Open.
November 6th: Aspirations in Computing High School Applications Close.

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