The team at Box recently selected 16 students from underrepresented backgrounds to visit its headquarters in Silicon Valley for an entire week as part of the Box Business Fellowship program. The Fellows that were selected came from many schools across the country such as Spelman College, North Carolina Central University, Rutgers University, and Florida A&M University.
Box currently has over 1,800 employees, but the company continues to uphold the startup culture it began with. Through their values and mission statement, they continue to create an interest in internal and external innovation. With the Box Business Fellowship program, students are given the opportunity to learn that Silicon Valley isn’t only a career path for technical or engineering students and that there are roles for numerous academic backgrounds.
“Students often think the only path into the tech industry is to major in computer science and become a software engineer,” says Box University Recruiter Emily Vogel. “But at Box, even as a tech company, less than half of our employees are engineers. There are so many career paths available on the business side in sales, finance, customer success, recruiting, and more.”
The Box Business Fellowship was created in 2017 as a program under their University Recruiting division with a mission to broaden the need for diversity and inclusion in tech. This year’s program was lead by Emily Vogel, Molly Hiserman, and Lindsay Hickok.
Being a part of the Box Business Fellowship has been an experience I’ll never forget. Gaining insight on technology and business has been amazing – Asante Jones ’18, North Carolina Central University
Fellows learned more about the business side of Box and connected with team members in customer success, people operations (human resources), and consulting. The Fellows also spoke with several members of Box’s Executive Committee on Diversity and Inclusion regarding initiatives and the development of the company. The week included a networking panel with past Fellows, insight on business development, and day-to-day operations.
This was a unique experience that allowed me to open my mind to the tech industry and gave me a spark beyond my limits – Jennifer Garcia ’19, University of Texas at Dallas.
Box is a cloud content management and file sharing service for businesses and is located in Redwood, California. Box, formerly Box.net, was founded in 2005 by current CEO Aaron Levie.