That’s why Break Through Tech Chicago offers Sprinternships. These quick, immersive (hence the sprint!) paid internships give you work experience and a tech-industry résumé credential that can help you to land your first summer tech internship.
of students at Break Through Tech Chicago’s sister site in New York were able to get a summer tech internship without having held a Sprinternship.
of students at our sister site were able to get a summer tech internship after completing a Sprinternship.
Three transformative weeks
Sprinternships are designed by the organizations that host them, so each experience is unique in many ways. These are three weeks that you can call your own.
However, all Sprinternships are built around several common features:
Your Sprinternship organization will identify a business problem for you to work on. You’ll have the chance to collect background information, size up the problem, come up with a creative solution that uses technology, and pitch it to the leadership team.
In real life, challenges are solved when people work together. Employees from your sponsor organization will work with you, providing details and guidance along the way. You might have a chance to work with other Sprinterns, too.
You likely get résumé help at school, but an industry perspective can offer extra value. Staff from your Sprinternship organization will review your résumé and give suggestions for new experiences you could seek out to improve it even further.
Knowing about the inner working of organizations can help you to think in new ways about the career paths that might be in your future. You will meet with a range of your organization’s internal departments and learn more about what people do.
Break Through Tech Sprinternships are new to Chicago, so we are continually adding to our roster of partners that offer these experiences. These are just a few of the 100+ organizations that have offered paid Break Through Tech Sprinternships to date:
- Analytical Flavor Systems
- AppNexus, an Xandr Company
- ASAPP Inc.
- Bloomberg LP
- Cornell Tech
- Credit Suisse
- Dow Jones
- Fiera Capital Inc.
- General Assembly
- Girl Scouts
- Group Nine Media
- Hospital for Special Surgery
- JPMorgan Chase
- KPMG, LLP
- Morgan Stanley
- Mount Sinai Health System
- New Lab
- NYC First
- Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, & Garrison
- Peloton Interactive, Inc.
- Ready Set Rocket
- RWJBarnabas Health
- Society of Women Coders
- Teachers Pay Teachers
- Teladoc Health
- The HOPE Program
- The New York Foundling
- The Student Leadership Network
- Union Settlement
- United Way of New York City
- Warby Parker
Here are answers to common questions students have about Sprinternships. This program is new to Chicago, so we are continually adding to this section. Check back soon for further information.
What makes an ideal Sprintern candidate?
Sprinternships are designed for UIC students. Applicants are more likely to be considered for a Sprinternship if they are a computer science major, a computer science minor, a data science major, or pursuing a significant amount of technical, computing-oriented coursework.
Because Sprinternships are meant to help students be more competitive for their first summer tech internship, priority is given to current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors (though seniors who have not already held a summer tech internship are also welcome to apply).
When do Sprinternships take place?
Sprinternships take place over the course of three weeks in the month of May. We chose this time frame because it is between the end of the spring semester and the start of the first summer session at most colleges, including our academic partner, UIC.
This year’s dates are May 10 to 28, 2021.
What time commitment is required?
Sprinterns are required to be at their work site (which may be in person or online, depending on the organization) for eight hours per day, Monday through Friday, for all three weeks of the Sprinternship. The exact work hours will be determined by the organization, but you can generally expect them to be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Are Sprinternships in person or virtual for 2021?
The answer to this question will be determined closer to the start date of the program. Break Through Tech Chicago recognizes that the state of the coronavirus pandemic in May 2021 is likely to determine whether Sprinternships are offered on site or virtually. In all cases, the safety of our Sprinterns and the staff of our partner organizations will be considered paramount.
How am I paired up with a company or organization?
Break Through Tech Chicago staff members review applications for Sprinternships and assign applicants to partner organizations based on the students’ strengths and the partner organizations’ needs and challenge projects. Participants apply for the program in general, not to a specific Sprinternship.
How much do Sprinternships pay?
The compensation is approximately $15 to $20 per hour for a 40-hour work week.
Can a person do more than one Sprinternship?
The goal of a Sprinternship is to prepare you to successfully compete for a paid summer internship in a technology-oriented role. Therefore, you should not need to do a second Sprinternship. After your three-week Break Through Tech Chicago experience, we hope you will be better positioned for a full summer internship.