Sprinternship requirements and application

Break Through Tech Chicago supports female and nonbinary UIC students who are pursuing, or plan to pursue, a tech education and career.

We are accepting applications for paid Sprinternships™ through December 11, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Sprinternships are three-week tech micro-internships with companies and organizations in the Chicago area. Break Through Tech Chicago Sprinterns™ collaborate in teams of five on a computing or data-related project with one of our industry sponsors.

The Sprinternship application (see link below — UIC NetID and password required) will take about 20 to 45 minutes to complete, and you will be asked to upload a 2-minute video self-recording at the end. You may come back and finish a partially completed application by using the same application link. We will only review complete applications.

Who is eligible to apply:

  • UIC undergraduate students of any class standing who are committed to pursuing a career in tech. Tech includes jobs in coding, software engineering, information technology, artificial intelligence, data science, business analytics, data visualization and reporting, and other technical applications.
  • Students who meet the criteria above and are planning to major or minor in computer science, data science, CS and linguistics, or CS + design. You must be enrolled in classes at UIC during the spring 2023 semester.
  • Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
  • Must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • International students must have the required work authorization to work within the United States.
  • Students who can contribute to our mission of preparing more college women (cis and trans) and nonbinary individuals for jobs in the tech world. We are especially interested in advancing Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students who want to pursue careers in tech.
  • Former Sprinterns are welcome to apply for another Sprinternship experience.

Sprinterns agree to:

  • Work full-time for three weeks, May 8 through 26, 2023.
  • Be physically present in the Chicago metro area during the period of the Sprinternship (virtual assignments are subject to employer’s workplace requirements).
  • Complete required activities with Break Through Tech Chicago:
    • In-person Student Orientation (Thursday, March 9, 2023, 5:00pm-7:00pm CT).
    • In-person Student Workshop (Saturday, April 8, 2023, 9:00am-5:00pm CT).
    • Submit completion survey at the end of Sprinternship.
  • Complete required onboarding procedures with your assigned organization (e.g., background checks, drug tests, etc.) prior to the Sprinternship.
  • Accept the employer match facilitated by the Break Through Tech Chicago team, based on the employer’s and your input.

If you have questions, email btt@uic.edu.

UIC authentication will be required to proceed to the application. If you are off campus, you will need to connect to the UIC VPN. Instructions can be found here.
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