Alumni Spotlight on Women in STEM


2 minutes

Our interns have participated in STEM internships across the United States.
Our interns have participated in STEM internships across the United States.
Image courtesy of Pexels

Increasing opportunities for women in STEM fields - science, technology, engineering, and mathematics - is not only important for continued scientific and economic success; it’s also key for gender equality. Recent research suggests that the lack of women in STEM fields may discourage women from pursuing a STEM degrees.

The U.S. remains a premier destination for students working towards STEM careers. Because of extensive research and internship opportunities, the number of exchange visitors pursuing STEM degrees have steadily increased. Career Training USA participants Kulash, Lea, and Marie are just three of the women who have participated in STEM internships in the United States.

Kulash Z.

Kulash Z.
Alumna from Kazakhstan

Field: Molecular Biology

What first made you interested in pursuing a STEM field?

I was always fascinated by science, especially biology. The world of living creatures is a constant source of my inspiration and awe.

What do you think prevents more women from pursuing education and careers in STEM fields?

The way people and you think about yourself. There is nothing impossible for human beings. It is sheer interest and dedication that make a good scientist or engineer. However, the society around should neither push nor discourage you. Making your own decisions and being responsible for them should encourage girls to pursue STEM careers.

What advice do you have for young girls looking to enter a STEM field?

Follow your ambition and don’t be afraid of difficulties on your way.


Lea G.

Lea G.
Alumna from France

Field: Food Science and Technology

Please explain how your experience interning/training in the USA helped you learn more about your field.

I learnt a lot in management and I learnt the differences between the regulations from Europe and from USA in terms of quality.

What advice do you have for young girls looking to enter a STEM field?

I think the most important part is to build a career with experiences as interns. The internships are the most important and an internship abroad will be helpful in terms of language, culture and creativity.


Marie D.

Marie D.
Alumna from France

Field: Mechanical Engineering

What first made you interested in pursuing a STEM field?

I love design and working with my hands. Liked the challenge of calculus. Mechanical design was the best fit!

What do you think prevents more women from pursuing education and careers in STEM fields?

People see only the girl sometime. In mechanics you need to have a strong body and a good brain: it’s not always easy to admit girls can have that too!

What advice do you have for young girls looking to enter a STEM field?

Be yourself. Prove them they are wrong by being a real girl in dresses and not being afraid of getting dirty like them. Don’t forget who you are to fit their expectations.

InterExchange Staff InterExchange Staff

InterExchange is proud to have an experienced team that is dedicated to international cultural exchange. We come from a variety of backgrounds, but nearly every member of our New York City-based staff has extensive experience traveling, working, or living abroad.

Career Training USA
Career Training USA

Experience American culture and add international skills to your resume.

Sign Up Learn More Call Us
U.S. Department of State-Designated J-1 Visa Sponsor
Alliance for International Exchange
Exclusive partner of the Erasmus Student Network for J-1 Visa sponsorship of internships in the U.S.
European-American Chamber of Commerce New York
Generation Study Abroad
Global Ties U.S.
International Au Pair Association
WYSE Travel Confederation