QuantHub and Innovate Alabama Launch Internship Program to Equip Students for Data Science and AI Careers

QuantHub is on a mission to equip all students with high demand data science and artificial intelligence (AI) skills.

In partnership with the Alabama State Department of Education, the Birmingham startup is currently deploying its skills training software across Alabama schools and anticipates approximately 38,000 students to be learning in the platform within the year. Alabama State Superintendent of Education Dr. Eric Mackey explained, “By integrating QuantHub’s advanced training software into our educational framework, we are not only preparing our students for the future of work but also ensuring that Alabama remains competitive in the rapidly evolving digital economy.”

In today’s data-driven and increasingly automated workplace, basic data literacy is critically important for all job-seekers and data science skills present ample opportunity for economic mobility and innovation. However, a growing data skills gap has become a pressing concern for employers and educators alike, particularly those serving Alabama’s rural and historically underserved communities. Mackey stated, “This initiative is not just about imparting knowledge; it’s about leveling the playing field for our students.”

To further close these skill and opportunity gaps while engaging students with careers in data science and AI, QuantHub is proud to announce the summer 2024 launch of Alabama Data Scholars, made possible through support from Innovate Alabama. The summer internship and skill building program will place high school juniors and seniors from around the state into 8- week learning experiences at Alabama-based employers creatively using data to guide business decisions and address complex challenges.

Innovate Alabama CEO Cynthia Crutchfield shared, “Through our partnership with QuantHub, we are excited to offer Alabama’s youth hands-on experience with data science and AI, fields that are critical for the future of our state’s industries. We’re not only investing in the next generation of Alabamians but also sowing the seeds for a more innovative state economy.”

Joshua Jones, QuantHub CEO, similarly hopes the program will serve as a catalyst for economic growth and technological advancement throughout the state. Jones stated, “QuantHub is dedicated to fostering a workforce proficient in data skills which are increasingly essential across all job sectors. The Alabama Data Scholars internship program is a cornerstone in this endeavor, providing a vital link between academic learning and industry demands.”

In addition to gaining practical work experience and mentoring, Data Scholars will also:

• Build valuable skills in data analysis, visualization, business analytics, statistics, Python, SQL
• Gain exposure to emerging tech, including AI and machine learning applications
• Explore academic opportunities at Alabama colleges and universities
• Hear from special guest speakers
• Participate in professional development and mentoring activities
• Network with industry leaders and a diverse cohort of like-minded peers
• Receive a $500 scholarship awarded upon successful program completion.

Eligible applicants must be enrolled in an Alabama high school and at least 16 years of age by June 1, 2024. No prior experience is necessary to apply for an internship, only a desire to work hard and learn.

Applications are open through March 1 at www.quanthub.com/intern.

The internship session will span approximately 8 weeks between May-July 2024 and students must be willing to commit ~20 hours/week to program assignments.

Current partnering employers include: Altec, Southern Research, the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA), Reliant Technologies, Adah International, Prosper Birmingham, Rippleworx, the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA), Simple Helix, AI-Ops, and the Alabama Department of Commerce.

Please check quanthub.com/intern for our most up-to-date listing of partnering internship hosts.

Alabama businesses interested in hosting interns through the pilot program or learning about other ways to partner should reach out to program manager Kelsey Bickett at kbickett@quanthub.com. 

About QuantHub

At QuantHub, we are pioneering the future of education by passionately developing a transformative self-learning platform that offers the world’s most hyper-personalized learning journey. Our vision is to catalyze a global education and talent acquisition revolution by tailoring learning experiences that evolve with individual needs. By breaking down barriers to knowledge acquisition and streamlining the transition into careers, QuantHub equips every individual with the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly technology-driven world. We envision a world where every learner and job candidate, regardless of their background, is empowered to reach their full potential, making the digital world accessible and equitable for all. Learn more about QuantHub at www.quanthub.com.

About Innovate Alabama

Innovate Alabama is Alabama’s first statewide public-private partnership focused on entrepreneurship, technology and innovation with a mission to help innovators grow roots here in Alabama. Innovate Alabama was established to implement the initiatives and recommendations set forth in the Alabama Innovation Commission’s report, including smart policy solutions that will create a more resilient, inclusive and robust economy to remain competitive in a 21st-century world. With founding CEO Cynthia Crutchfield leading the charge, Innovate Alabama is also made up of a board of 11 innovation leaders appointed by Gov. Ivey, collaborating across sectors to advance industries, drive technology and facilitate an environment where innovation and entrepreneurship thrive. Learn more about Innovate Alabama at www.innovatealabama.org.

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