Meet the Hackers: These Interns Are Boosting Diversity in the Innovation Economy


From left to right: Jorge, Angel, Esmeralda, Anthony

Solving complex problems is hard work, but it gets a little easier when different ways of thinking come together to find the solution. We’ve seen this first hand as we tackle some of the world's toughest diseases. 

That’s why we’re committed to increasing diverse talent recruitment and development, and creating an inclusive culture for all our people. We recently welcomed four Hack.Diversity interns to our Boston office: Angel Gonzales, Esmeralda Pemberthy, Jorge Drouet and Anthony Mirely. Hack.Diversity is a local initiative aimed at increasing opportunities for high-skilled Black and Latino computer science and engineering students in Boston’s innovation economy. Our interns will join more than 100 other college interns and will work on various advanced projects throughout the summer.

“It’s exciting that Vertex is on the forefront of this important initiative,” said Tara Place, who leads our partnership with Hack.Diversity. “As head of University Relations, I see firsthand the shortage of diverse talent entering into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Engaging students early and sparking their interest in STEM is critical for continuous innovation.”

To learn more about our commitment to diversity, read about our holistic approach to Diversity & Inclusion.