|Déja Lindsey * Georgetown University|
Déja is a junior at Georgetown University with a double major in Computer Science and Sociology. On campus, she is a member of the Georgetown Cheerleading Team and works as a technology support specialist. She spent her first two summers of college interning with top-40 Fortune 500 companies. She worked as an IT Intern for Johnson & Johnson during the summer of 2015 in Raritan, NJ, and as a Software Developer for JPMorgan Chase during the summer of 2016 in Houston, TX. Besides technology, she is extremely passionate about giving back to her community and spends most of her free time volunteering and working with Girls Got IT!, a program she founded, that works to introduce young, underprivileged girls to technology. She aspires to work as a technologist that creates or improves applications to better the lives of humans around the world.
Déja is a member of our BDPA Chicago chapter. When asked to share her thoughts on being a Johnson & Johnson scholar, Déja wrote,
"Being a BDPA member has had a great impact on my career development. From membership in the BDPA I was able to network and make connections with employees from Johnson & Johnson and JPMorgan Chase, both of which I have spent summers interning. I found out about the program, Launching Leaders, in which I interviewed for my internship with JPMorgan Chase from contacts that I made through BDPA. I was also invited to participate in the Eli Lilly IT Career Planning Conference after meeting other BDPA members. I attended a local event in Washington, DC where I was also able to meet with working professionals in the Washington, DC area.
By attending the National BDPA Technology conferences in 2015 and 2016, I got the opportunity to attend seminars such as the Women in Technology Panel, Big Data session, Millennials in the Workforce, and How to Be Successful in Corporate America, which were all great learning experiences. Along with the networking aspect, BDPA has exposed me to more Black IT professionals, empowering me to continue my path into the information technology career field. My most memorable moment in BDPA was attending the PINKTech luncheon, because I was able to meet many African American women who have been in the tech industry for decades, which was very inspirational."
BDPA is blessed to have such a young and talented student on board as winner of the Johnson & Johnson Scholarship. We look forward to supporting Déja's career as she seeks to advance in the technology industry!