Planet makes effort to break patterns in hiring, promising change for good

Brian Hernacki, SVP of Software Engineering at Planet has spearheaded this initiative. Planet quoted Hernacki as saying that they recognize that systemic barriers play a significant role in the lack of diversity in the tech sector.

Planet makes effort to break patterns in hiring, promising change for good
Planet makes effort to break patterns in hiring, promising change for good

Planet makes effort to break patterns in hiring, promising change for good

In order to promote representation of a more diverse range of communities in the industry, Planet has announced a new program, the Planet Software Impact program.

Brian Hernacki, SVP of Software Engineering at Planet has spearheaded this initiative. Planet quoted Hernacki as saying that they recognize that systemic barriers play a significant role in the lack of diversity in the tech sector.

He believes that only seeking talent from high-cost institutions creates enormous exclusion. They have an opportunity to break those patterns and make a promising change for good.

Details of the program

The guiding principle behind this program is to expand and present the career opportunities for those who have been historically marginalized and underrepresented within science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), starting with the BIPOC (black, indigenous and people of color) community.

They aim to present the opportunity to those who might otherwise be inhibited by barriers of affordability, location and access, helping them to make the transition into working in the technology industry.

Three general metro areas in the U.S.: Detroit, Atlanta and Oakland, will be focused on for the initial launch. The program is especially considering full- or part-time students who are currently enrolled, taking a gap year, or who have been displaced by a previous internship due to the onset of COVID-19.

In late September, Planet will welcome their first Software Impact interns on both their Developer Relations and Quality Assurance teams. These cohorts will have the opportunity to grow together while working remotely, learning from some of the best in the field.

This group will get to pair real world experience with current academic and educational pursuits while being facilitated during an extended internship season from September 28, 2020 to January 29, 2020.

Requirements for the application

A unique approach is taken by Planet for this remote internship. They do not require a customized cover letter for the role. The candidate only needs to answer four questions, which will give Planet an insight into the person’s life and his/her unique experiences.

Candidate is expected to include information about how this program can complement their concurrent instruction and whether they are seeking full- or part-time experience.

To apply for Planet’s Software Impact Program, visit this page.