By Chris Weller
Howard University, one of the nation’s largest historically black colleges, is granting 25 to 30 students the chance to spend their summer as Googlers.
For three months starting this summer, rising juniors and seniors will take classes at the new Howard West campus in Mountain View, California.
Students at Howard West will learn from Google employees and Howard faculty with the goal of establishing themselves in an industry where black engineers are largely absent.
In 2016, just 1% of Google’s technical engineering staff identified as black. Meanwhile, 37% identified as Asian and 57% identified as white.
Howard West was designed by Kurani, a design firm specializing in learning spaces. The firm’s founder, Danish Kurani, gave Business Insider a virtual tour of the new space.