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Public Interest Technology Program

Do you consider yourself an influencer? An innovator? A digital artist? Or an activist? Are you interested in learning how to use technology to improve and celebrate your communities and to affect social change?

Funded by New America - a national think and action tank, CSI St. George is pioneering the nascent field of Public Interest Technology (PIT), and generating a tech talent pipeline for students with a passion for technology and social justice within a supportive, small-scale learning community.
Eligibility Requirements
All prospective applicants must meet and adhere to the following requirements:
  • Incoming First Year Students admitted to the College of Staten Island/CUNY;
  • Matriculated in a major in the Humanities and Social Sciences in either the Associate's (AA degree) or Bachelor's (BA, and select BS degrees) division;
  • No prior experience in computer science necessary;
  • Classes will be held in person for Fall 2022 at CSI St. George (120 Stuyvesant Pl.);
  • As part of the 30,000 Degrees initiative, priority admission is given to students from historically underrepresented groups, and to students who have graduated from Curtis, McKee, New Dorp or Port Richmond High Schools;
  • For Fall 2022, admission into this program will be on a rolling basis until all 24 seats are claimed, however, priority will be given to those applying by June 30, 2022.



Contact Information

Crystal Deosaran

Student Services Specialist

CSI St. George
Email Crystal Deosaran

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Students admitted to the PIT program will receive:
  • Exclusive real-world experience with tech partners, community activists & artists;
  • Paid or credit bearing civic engagement and/or internship experience and pre-college workshops;
  • Marketable tech skills training through CSI’s Technology Incubator, regardless of the tech skills you come in with;
  • Dedicated support for your class selection and navigating your first two years at CSI;
  • Smaller class sizes with other students who share your interests;
  • A laptop for you to keep;
  • Participation in exciting events led by a national network of over 21 colleges and universities focused on building “civic -minded technologists and digitally-fluent policy leaders”.