The fifth annual Gamers in Real Life scheme is a great student opportunity with gender equality at its heart.
Although the games industry is becoming a more gender-balanced world as it grows and matures, many game studios still remain dominated by male workers. While there are a few initiatives working to help redress this imbalance, this one in particular offers something a little special: the chance to intern at Sony's San Deigo offices, in addition to $10,000 towards tuition fees and associated expenses. Hurrah!
The name of this opportunity is the SOE (Sony Online Entertainment) G.I.R.L (Gamers in Real Life) Scholarship (not an acronym. Phew). It's in its fith year, and if you're a student aged over 18 in any field relating to video game development, you can apply for the scheme right here.
"Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the G.I.R.L. Scholarship prides itself as being an active catalyst for inspiring women's involvement in the video game industry, as well as for providing an open gateway for those pursuing careers in the field of creative and applied arts," reads the scheme's statement.
Says SOE Senior VP of Global Sales and Marketing, Laura Naviaux, "The goal of G.I.R.L. has always been of opportunity, education and recruitment to get more women into the gaming industry...Now in our fifth year, we can't wait to see the creativity that comes out of the G.I.R.L. program."
Nothing more needs said, really. The scholarship sounds like a great opportunity, and anything that promotes workplace equality is usually a good idea. If any of you are smart and lucky enough to earn the scholarship, do let us know.