Turing Fellows Seeking Tired, Poor, Huddled Masses of Tech Talent

The NYC Turing Fellows program wants to bring talented computer science and engineering students to New York in droves, and they’re planning to place them at some significant Web businesses including SecondMarket, Foursquare and Tumblr.

Canaan Partners’ Warren Lee —whose firm has become one of the latest in a series to open its doors in the Big Apple—identified a problem in the burgeoning Silicon Alley: “Entrepreneurs complain about a lack of talent in New York City,” he told peHUB.

To tackle the problem, Lee said, Canaan partnered with GSA Venture Partners’ Brian Hirsch and blip.tv CEO and co-founder Mike Hudack and launched the Turing Fellows progam to grant scholarships to students from the most prestigious U.S. universities.

Applicants were initially given a deadline of February 7 to apply at the fellowship’s site but interest has been so robust, Lee says, that the program might take some applications even later. (He strongly encourages that applicants still shoot for that initial deadline, however.)

“We are getting a very strong flow of candidates,” Lee adds.

The Turing program will field more than a dozen semi-finalists, bring them to New York and have them meet with potential employers including AdKeeper and Tremor Media, in addition to those mentioned earlier, and still more others. After the initial round of finalists is identified and invited to NYC to meet with their new potential employers, candidates will be screened, and, it’s expected, most will be offered temporary jobs—as well as a $5,000 scholarship after the internships wrap up [Ed. note: you kids had all better be excited for this; media interns fetch coffee and do it for leftover bagels. Also, the chance to work at VC firms won’t be found here, but keep tuning into peHUB.com for those opportunities.]