Apple partners with Code2040 to hire black and Latino CS students as interns

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in General Discussion edited August 2015
Apple on Wednesday announced a partnership with Code2040 that will see the company hire a handful of black and Latino computer science students as interns, part of a broader attempt at improving the racial diversity of its workforce.




Apple will hire 10 paid interns out of the 80 fellows in Code2040's current class, and another two people later on, the company revealed to BuzzFeed. The interns will spend three months at Apple, working on various hardware and software projects.

Code2040 is a San Francisco-based non-profit organization that chooses some of the best black and Latino computer science students in the U.S., and provides skills and opportunities to get into the tech industry. Apple is onboard as a platinum sponsor.

"We're excited to be working with Code2040 toward our shared goal of more opportunities in tech for young Latino/as and African-Americans," said human resources head Denise Young Smith in a prepared statement.

"We want every young person to have the opportunity to get the job of their dreams, and we want our teams at Apple to be as diverse as the customers that buy our products," she continued.

Despite the gender and racial makeup of the U.S. as a whole, most Silicon Valley businesses -- including Apple -- are predominantly staffed by white men, especially at upper levels. Ahead of a promised diversity report, Apple recently claimed that hiring of women is up five points year-over-year to 35 percent, and that unspecified improvements have been made in the hiring of blacks and Latinos.
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  • Reply 1 of 82

    How dare Apple hire brown people. ~ Appleinsider users. 

  • Reply 2 of 82
    fallenjtfallenjt Posts: 4,034member
    So called "Affirmative Action ".
  • Reply 3 of 82

    Diversity is NOT what is important, what IS important is the most qualified talent for the jobs at hand.  

  • Reply 4 of 82
    mike1mike1 Posts: 2,737member
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    Originally Posted by fallenjt View Post



    So called "Affirmative Action ".

    Also sounds like discrimination against white folk.

  • Reply 5 of 82
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
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     young Latino/as and African-Americans," said human resources head Denise Young Smith in a prepared statement.

     

     

    Whose idea was it to write Latino/as? That is absurd. 

  • Reply 6 of 82

    AGAIN???   How about they make efforts to hire the most qualified students?  

  • Reply 7 of 82
    crowleycrowley Posts: 8,712member

    WAAAAH WAAAAH WAAAAH

     

    So predictable.

  • Reply 8 of 82
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
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    AGAIN???   How about they make efforts to hire the most qualified students?  




    I think Apple has a plan, that in the long run, will benefit the company in ways that you simply fail to understand. They are not going to hire any unqualified workers.

  • Reply 9 of 82
    vqrovqro Posts: 66member
    chill out guys. the one demographic that benefitted the most from Affirmative Action is white women, which indirectly benefitted white men. why is it ok to argue for equality and a level playing field for women but not for groups that have been kept out through institutionalized discriminatory practices for decades??? we should change the laws so that access is based on economic factors not race or gender but how do we protect people against racist/sexist hiring practices and general anti-minority/anti-women sentiment??
  • Reply 10 of 82
    qvakqvak Posts: 86member
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    Diversity is NOT what is important, what IS important is the most qualified talent for the jobs at hand.  


     

    THAT'S RACIST!

     

    WOW JUST WOW IT'S 2015

  • Reply 11 of 82
    crowleycrowley Posts: 8,712member
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    Originally Posted by john673 View Post

     

    AGAIN???   How about they make efforts to hire the most qualified students?  


     

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    Code2040 is a San Francisco-based non-profit organization that chooses some of the best black and Latino computer science students in the U.S.


     

    Looks to me that Apple just found themselves a shortcut to a pool of the most qualified students.  Hiring can be a pain in the ass, if Code2040 can help Apple out with some low cost, low commitment interns, all the better for Apple.  That they're black and latino, well that's pretty good for diversity as well, but you can consider that a secondary benefit.

  • Reply 12 of 82
    vqro wrote: »
    we should change the laws so that access is based on economic factors not race or gender but how do we protect people against racist/sexist hiring practices and general anti-minority/anti-women sentiment??

    This is just generalized nonsense-speak.

    If you have any evidence that Apple has done something like this, tell us. Otherwise, stop. And chill out yourself.
  • Reply 13 of 82
    razorpitrazorpit Posts: 1,796member
    Guess Apple is going to have to remove the whole "equal opportunity" statement from their website now...

    http://www.apple.com/jobs/us/
  • Reply 14 of 82
    tazzytazzy Posts: 4member
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    Originally Posted by libertyforall View Post

     

    Diversity is NOT what is important, what IS important is the most qualified talent for the jobs at hand.  


    The idea (I hope it doesn't go beyond your comprehension) is that they weren't already doing this, and instead hiring to keep certain groups happy, thus preserving a failing status quo.

     

    I agree with you 100% Apple needs to START hiring the best man / woman for the job.... Even if it means some of us aren't hired there.

  • Reply 15 of 82
    vqrovqro Posts: 66member
    This is just generalized nonsense-speak.

    If you have any evidence that Apple has done something like this, tell us. Otherwise, stop. And chill out yourself.

    that statement was not about Apple specifically, I think the context kind of gave that away.
  • Reply 16 of 82
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    Looks to me that Apple just found themselves a shortcut to a pool of the most qualified students.  Hiring can be a pain in the ass, if Code2040 can help Apple out with some low cost, low commitment interns, all the better for Apple.  That they're black and latino, well that's pretty good for diversity as well, but you can consider that a secondary benefit.




    Sadly, shortcuts like this have to exist.  I doubt Code2040 works for free.

     

    Wouldn't it be easier for job applicants to just include their race on their resumé?

  • Reply 17 of 82
    crowleycrowley Posts: 8,712member
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    Sadly, shortcuts like this have to exist.  I doubt Code2040 works for free.


     

    Nor do recruitment agents.  And setting up a job fairs, or visiting universities is an investment too.  Apple really don't lose here, they get access to skilled students, they put very little skin in the game, as it's just 10 people for 3 months on low pay, they make the right publicity moves for encouraging diversity, and they build a relationship with a charitable organisation (always good for PR) that ensures they can do the same year after year if they want, with no commitment.

     

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    Wouldn't it be easier for job applicants to just include their race on their resumé?




    ?That would not go down well with anyone.

  • Reply 18 of 82

    Where do you come up with such a nonsensical comment?  Unless that was your attempt at humor?  I grow entirely weary of all these incendiary comments, either it is about the people and their skills, or it is some political correct nonsense.  The later has been to the detriment of employers and employees.  Who wants to work with an incompetent person?  Doing so just brings everyone down.  Nobody should ever move to the front of a hiring list just because of their ethnic background, unless the job requires it, i.e. we need a Chinese person because they will be talking to our China suppliers every week and they need to speak the language...  

     

    I have seen where "affirmative action" results in reverse discrimination.  

     

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    THAT'S RACIST!

     

    WOW JUST WOW IT'S 2015


  • Reply 19 of 82
    crowleycrowley Posts: 8,712member
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    political correct nonsense. The later has been to the detriment of employers and employees. Who wants to work with an incompetent person? 


    "the best black and Latino computer science students in the U.S."

     

    They won't be incompetent.  Unless you're assuming that all black and Latino people are incompetent.

  • Reply 20 of 82
    boltsfan17boltsfan17 Posts: 2,272member

    So basically more reverse discrimination against white people. 

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