Summer is almost here! Students are finishing up their schoolwork and families are beginning to make plans for the coming months, but that doesn’t mean students can’t keep exploring their academic skills and interests. For high schoolers passionate about technology, SAP provides an exciting opportunity to learn about the newest technologies that industry professionals use every day to help the world run better and improve people’s lives.
Each year, SAP’s Premium Hub Center of Expertise (CoE) in North America hosts high school students to participate in a weeklong Summer Orientation. The program provides students with the opportunity to learn about SAP technologies through different activities while receiving educational and career guidance from professionals in the field. SAP experts lead daily, interactive sessions that cover a variety of exciting topics, from coding and data analytics to SAP Cloud, IoT, and Mobile platforms. Over the course of the week, students use their technical skills and newly acquired knowledge to resolve real-world scenarios using SAP technologies. The orientation will be held virtually for the most part, but, on the last day, students will have the option to go into the Newtown Square campus outside of Philadelphia. There, they will be able to explore the office, as well as participate in hands-on activities.
Last year, Summer Orientation kicked off with a brief introduction of SAP along with various career and internship opportunities offered to college students. Students also met different SAP teams, had a career tip session, and heard a few sessions on topics such as big data, IoT, and machine learning. At the end of the week, students also met Balaji Rao Gaddam, Head of Premium Hub CoE North America, who shared the history, mission, and vision of the Premium Hub CoE. Balaji also spoke about SAP solutions and services that the Premium Hub CoE provides for many of the world’s largest multinational corporations, such as Apple, Nike, and PayPal. In addition to discussing the business and technical aspects of working in the tech industry, Balaji offered advice acquired from his own experience.
Students work on a primary project throughout the week that is always relevant to the latest in technology. The students’ work has evolved over the years, much like how SAP’s products have evolved as well! In previous years of the program, students have built projects using a wide variety of SAP technologies. For example, students would leverage third party hardware such as the Amazon Echo Dot or a Raspberry Pi and develop fun use cases to connect the devices to SAP products and technologies. With the transition to virtual learning, students will be focusing on elements of SAP’s Business Technology Platform - technologies that have become even more important for our customers during the pandemic, like SAP’s Intelligent Robotic Process Automation and SAP Conversational AI. Students will have the opportunity to develop new capabilities, just like our customers are using these tools to optimize their workflows and provide new user experiences to their own clientele. At the end of the week, they will be able to showcase their achievements to their fellow peers and Premium Hub CoE team members.
SAP wants to be involved in providing students the guidance necessary to make informed decisions about their futures. What better way to achieve this than offering students access to the cutting-edge technologies created by SAP which drive innovation and the future of digital business transformation? These exciting activities make the Premium Hub CoE’s High School Summer Orientation a unique opportunity for students who are passionate about computer science, allowing them to explore their interests before they graduate and embark on the next stage of their educational journeys.
High school students interested in attending the 2022 Premium Hub CoE Summer Orientation should apply to the below job posting. Space is limited for this competitive program. Transcripts are required to be considered for the program. Reference letters are also welcome, but not required. Ideal candidates will have a strong interest in STEM and a desire to pursue further study and/or a career in a STEM-related field.