Jumpstart Fellowship

 Applications for MassRobotics Jumpstart Program Cohort 3 coming soon!!

Jumpstart Fellowship Program

We created MassRobotics Jumpstart Fellowship Program (which completed its initial pilot in 2021) to provide opportunities for diverse Massachusetts high school girls to learn about STEM careers in robotics and develop their professional networks through direct engagement with industry professionals.

The curriculum exposes young women to the many technical skills in areas that are included in the robotics industry, from programming to design and simulation, to hands-on building, prototyping and testing. The goal is to to help develop a more inclusive technical workforce by preparing diverse talent in high school to pursue careers in STEM and robotics.

We experienced great success with our Cohort 1.

We expanded the program and accepted 17 students for Cohort 2 that kicked off in December 2021.   The technical program ran from January through May 2022, and several students completed internships in August.

Applications will be open soon for Cohort 3. (Preference is given to Boston residents who are high school junior and senior girls.) 

Learn more about the program in our blog post here.  

“It is important for fellowships like this to exist because it created a space for women of color to bond over their knowledge of STEM. Together, this cohort got over their shyness and worked as one unit to successfully complete a rigorous program.” – Hermione 2022

“Entering the professional world is not easy, but this program has worked with us to make this path a lot easier. – Tairine 2022

“I found my passion in engineering and coding, my future has never felt so much clearer.” – Helena 2021

Primary Contributors:

Program Units

Design & Simulation

  • Learn the basics of CAD design and simulation technology.

Fabrication & Electricity

Learn fabrication techniques and technologies such as 3D printing, laser cutting, soldering and circuitry.


Learn the basics of coding languages through lessons in Python and C++.


  • Learn how to speak with confidence about yourself and the technology.
  • Learn how to network and prepare for your next steps in education.


  • Jumpstarters are offered a paid meaningful internship at a local tech company
  • Jumpstarers are treated as a full time employee 

JumpstarT FAQs

Need prior knowledge?

NO PRIOR SKILL NEEDED: The program is designed to take you to the next level, regardless of where you start. If you are not currently college-bound, we strongly encourage applying.

When do applications open?

Fall – Stay tuned ( Subscribe to our newsletter!)

How can I find more information or ask questions?

We host informational webinars. Stay tuned for upcoming dates and times.

Are there internship opportunities?

After the training there are more than a dozen paid internship opportunities in technology companies if you would like to continue your engineering journey. Earn more than $3,500 for the summer!

Do I get paid in the Jumpstart program?

Upon completion of the training you will receive a $1,000 stipend. There is also financial aid available for those who might have issues with transportation or food while participating.

Who can apply?

All female high school (sophomore to seniors), especially those who are Black and Latinx, with a passion for robotics and technology are encouraged to apply.

What is the program timeline?

  • Fall applications
  • Winter acceptance and orientation
  • January – May Program
  • Final celebration 
  • Extra certifications
  • 6-to-8 week internship

Program structure/Time commitment

  • Saturdays, February vacation
  • Some excused days during the week

Cohort 1 (2021)

COHORT 2 (2022)


12 Channel Street, Boston, MA 02210

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