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The tech world of tomorrow will look different. There will be more diversity: in gender, in background, in ways of thinking. It will be that way because of the important work we are doing here today.

Amita Shetty
Director, Break Through Tech Chicago

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A Love for “Building Things”: AI Student Mariam D.

Mariam D.’s father works in construction. It’s he who she credits with fostering her love for “building things” — but it took Mariam a while to realize that she could build programs, abstract things, not just physical, concrete ones.

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A clear view of medical tech at GE Healthcare

Come for the tech work experience, stay for the opportunity to file a patent application. To their complete surprise, that was what our Sprinternship was like for the five UIC students who matched with GE Healthcare in 2022!

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A Break Through Tech Chicago Sprintern works at a laptop connected to larger monitor displays at the financial services firm PEAK6

Programming, preparation, and poker at PEAK6

Following a successful all-virtual Sprinternship™ in 2021, the financial services firm PEAK6 brought its 2022 Break Through Tech Chicago Sprinterns™ in house. The result? A rewarding tech immersion that combined programming experience and career preparation with one unusual ingredient.

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