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Tech Exchange

Tech Exchange
January through May
The 2024 program application is currently closed.


Tech Exchange is a semester-long virtual academic program for students attending select Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) in North America. Tech Exchange teaches applied computer science and problem solving skills, while building social capital and community among Black+, Latinx+ and Native+ students at our partner institutions (listed below). Students who identify with a group that is historically underrepresented in the tech industry, with a particular focus on Black+, Latinx+ and Native+ folks, are encouraged to apply.

Group photo of Google's Tech Exchange

Program Highlights

  • Two all-expense-paid trips to major Google offices for orientation and the finale
  • A semester of virtual courses taught by Googlers and HBCU/HSI faculty
  • One-on-one mentorship sessions with Googlers
  • Connections with students from other HBCUs/HSIs to build a network of your peers
  • Career planning support


This program is intended for students who:

  • Major in computer science, computer engineering or computing related field and will be graduating in December 2025 or May 2026 from one of our partner institutions
  • Identify as Black+, Latinx+, Native+
  • Have beginner level experience programming in Python, Java, Javascript, C or C++, and an interest in joining the Google SWE internship program
  • Are able to take max 16 hours of course credit (including TechX credit and at home institution) in the Spring ‘24 semester
  • Will be proficient with the following by December 2023:
    • Using the following data structures when solving coding problems: lists, arrays, hashmaps, sets, stacks, queues, linked lists, and binary trees
    • Describing and implementing the following algorithms: recursion, binary search, and merge sort
    • Describing running time using Big-O notation

Application Process Overview

  • Review your eligibility and complete the short Tech Exchange interest form.
  • Study for the technical skills assessment using our practice materials and virtual prep session on September 12th, 2023.*
  • The Tech Exchange team will follow up with eligible applicants to submit supplemental eligibility materials which will be due by 6pm PT, September 15th, 2023.
  • Take the technical skills assessment during the open window between September 13-26, 2023.
  • The team will follow up with next steps if you’re accepted by October 13, 2023.

*More details on prep materials after you complete the interest form.

Partner Institutions

  • HBCU: Howard University, Prairie View A&M University, Florida A&M University, Morgan State University, Spelman College, Fisk University, Morehouse College, Hampton University, North Carolina A&T University, Xavier University, Clark Atlanta University
  • CAHSI: CSU Dominguez Hills, Florida International University, New Mexico State University, University of Texas at El Paso, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez


What if I’m not a Black+, Latinx+, or Native+ student but I attend one of the participating universities?

Tech Exchange was designed to prepare more Black+, Latinx+, and Native+ students for roles in the tech industry. However, anyone is welcome to apply to the program.

Who can apply?

You must be an enrolled student at one of the participating universities who meets the prerequisites and is a sophomore level (2nd-year) student graduating in either December ‘25 or May ‘26.

As a sophomore, can I apply for both a Google STEP internship and Tech Exchange this fall?

Yes, you can apply to both programs as you’ll be independently considered for each program. The Tech Exchange Program is an educational program which takes place during the spring semester. The Student Technical Engineering Program (STEP) is a paid internship opportunity for first and second year CS students which takes place during the summer. Visit the STEP internship page for more information.

Can new partner universities get involved?

We aren’t introducing any new partners for the 2024 academic year, but will consider new institutions in future years. Feel free to fill out this Tech Exchange interest form if you are interested in having Tech Exchange at your school in the future.

Please feel free to contact us at tech-exchange@google.com for more information.