Guidance for Employers

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The tech ecosystem in Chicago is changing.

Our industry partners are on the leading edge of that change.

Working together, we will open doors for women (cis and trans) and nonbinary individuals by giving them the résumé credentials they need to turn the dream of a technology career into a reality. We will make the tech environment in Chicago more inclusive for all.

What can industry partners do?

If we want to create perceptible improvements in the presence of women in the tech workplace, academia and industry need to work together. Break Through Tech has designed a range of opportunities for companies and organizations to get involved, including:

  • Providing a group of mentors for our Guild program (approximately 5 hours per staff member over the course of one week)
  • Sponsoring a team of five UIC students for a Sprinternship, a project-based micro-internship (three consecutive weeks in May)
  • Hiring new talent: We work with a growing pool of computer science and data science majors/minors who can contribute to your company while adding valuable diversity to your teams

Interested in any of the above? Please complete our employer contact form and a member of our team will reach out.

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Guild for employers

Guild is a one-week program that engages students when they are in the earliest stages of exploring tech and discovering its power to change the world. Industry partners can accelerate that discovery — and inspire our students — by providing groups of staff mentors who dedicate 5 hours over the course of the week.

Guild for employers
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Sprinternships for employers

Paradoxically, it can be hard to land your first full-summer internship in the tech world if you have no prior experience. Sprinternships solve that problem for our students by providing their first résumé credential. Join the growing roster of Chicago-area companies that offer this valuable experience each May.

Sprinternships for employers
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Media Kit

We are excited to talk about the work that we do together, and we hope your organization is, too. This webpage offers background information, taglines, social media accounts, and other key information you need to spread the word about your organization’s efforts to improve gender equality in tech.

Employer media kit