For the 7th year in a row, Facebook has opened its doors to high schoolers from neighboring communities for a six-week summer internship. The purpose is to expose students to the tech industry.
At the graduation ceremony held at Facebook headquarters earlier this month, 16-year-old Alan Kagiri never thought being a Facebook intern was possible.
“Growing up in Kenya I never thought, first, if I would be able to come to the United States, and then, [if] I would be able to intern at Facebook," said Kagiri.
Facebook Academy chose Kagiri out of more than 150 applicants. And it's easy to see why. He’s full of personality, charisma and drive.
Kagiri is a student at Sacred Heart Prep and lives in East Palo Alto with his mother. He is the youngest of 9 brothers and sisters.
He wants to be a Software Engineer but he wasn’t always sure it would be a good fit because there aren’t many people in the tech industry who look like him.