Valve is trying a new experimental project named "PipeLine." The project looks to connect with teenage students to answer their questions on what it is like, and what it takes, to work in the videogame industry. The site was created by high school interns at Valve.
The site is basically just an FAQ that answers questions about the purpose of PipeLine, and a small contact section where someone can enter their name and e-mail address to receive newsletters from the team working on the project.
The site states;
"There are two main reasons that Valve is creating Pipeline. The first is that we are frequently asked questions by teenagers about the videogame industry. "What is it like to work on videogames? What should I study? What colleges are best for preparing me? How do I get a job in videogames?" Pipeline will be a place where those questions can be discussed. The second is that Valve is running an experiment. Traditionally Valve has been a very good place for very experienced videogame developers, and not so good at teaching people straight out of school (the reasons for this and the tradeoffs are covered in the Valve employee handbook). Pipeline is an experiment to see if we can take a group of high school students with minimal work experience and train them in the skills and methods necessary to be successful at a company like Valve."
There is no indication of what Valve hopes to accomplish in the long run, but if you are a teenager and are interested in the possibility of a career in the gaming industry, it probably would not hurt to sign-up.