Innovadores Interns Prepare for their Trip to New York City

Photo: The 2017 Innovadores interns are welcomed into the program by interns from the past two summers. Front row: Gabriela (class of 2015), Gabriela, Alicia, and Alessa; back row: Raynel (class of 2016), Ruben (class of 2016) and David.

We’ve officially selected the 2017 Innovadores interns! This year, four of Cuba’s brightest students will join us for an all-expenses-paid six-week internship in New York City. It’s a diverse group from a range of majors and we couldn’t be more excited. Our team this year:

  • Alicia Rodríguez Milhet, fourth year Industrial Engineering major at the Universidad Tecnológica de La Habana (CUJAE)
  • Gabriela Hernández Rodríguez, fifth year Industrial Design major at the Instituto Superior de Diseño (ISDI)
  • Alessa Pérez Roque, fifth year Computer Science major at the Universidad de La Habana (University of Havana)
  • David Domínguez Francisco, third year Physics major at the Universidad de La Habana (University of Havana)

The interns will arrive in New York in early July and spend the program working for various tech and design companies based in Manhattan. David, Alicia, and Alessa will be interning at startups enrolled at tech incubator Grand Central Tech, which will announce its 2017 cohort next month. Gabriela will be interning with Fashion Snoops, a trend forecasting agency founded by Innovadores advisor Lilly Berelovich.

The interns were selected from a field of nearly 100 applicants from all over Cuba. They were chosen for their outstanding scholastic achievements, excellent project experience, and strong interpersonal skills. Our program typically brings only three students to the US, but when our delegation this past March met with the 12 semi-finalists, we were so impressed by the level of talent that we managed to add an additional seat in the program.

This is the third year of the innovadores internship program. The first two years successfully brought six interns to New York, who then returned to Cuba to complete their studies. The purpose of the Innovadores program is to expose Cuban tech and design students to American innovation, so that they can take what they learn and apply it to challenges and opportunities in Cuba.

For more information, see our press release:

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