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Experience Matters

Your ability to apply the skills you have gained to real-world projects will make you a sought-after professional after you graduate.

Elevate is the umbrella organization at Illinois Tech that connects students with experiential opportunities that allow them to learn the valuable skills that will enable their upward trajectory. These opportunities include on- and off-campus research, internships and co-ops, study away, and additional opportunities such as short courses and competitions to further round out your education.  

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Upcoming Hackathons and Challenges

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Codegeist is an annual developer contest that helps teams unleash their potential by building Atlassian apps. Designed to recognize the greatness of our developer community (more than 25,000 strong!), Codegeist is where developers from around the world show us the creative possibilities for extending Atlassian’s product portfolio. September 13, 2021 deadline. $300,000 in prizes.

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A global online hackathon bringing together some of the most talented creatives and engineers to break the boundaries of what’s possible in the world of NFTs. August 30, 2021 deadline. $72,000 in prizes.

Post Graduate Fellowships and Programs

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The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or English Teaching Assistantships. During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. 2022-2023 Competition Deadline: Tuesday October 12, 2021 at 5pm EST

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Rhodes Scholars are elected for two years of study at the University of Oxford. All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees, are paid on the Scholar's behalf by the Rhodes Trustees. Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead. Deadline: October 6, 2021, 11:59pm EST

Professional Skill Development

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Learn business, creative, and technology skills to achieve your personal and professional goals. Examples include Excel, Project Management, and Effective Listening | Free and paid courses, first month free.

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Build your Career in ML, Data Science, Web Development, Marketing, Health Sciences & More | Free and paid courses.

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There are over a million jobs in the Salesforce ecosystem. Check out Trailhead for Salesforce courses! | Free

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Udemy is an online learning and teaching marketplace with over 130,000 courses and 35 million students. Learn programming, marketing, data science and more | Course prices start around $15.

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Unity is a leading platform for creating and operating interactive, real-time 3D (RT3D) content. With over 750 hours of live and on-demand beginner to advanced content, you’ll find what you need to help you reach your goals | Free

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Unreal Engine is the fastest-growing skill requirement in real-time and 3D graphics. Learn the skills you need to succeed in game development, architecture, film and TV, automotive, and other exciting industries | Free

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Study Abroad

Studying abroad enriches the college experience by providing a different intellectual and cultural environment and enriches the academic program by giving breadth to the major discipline. Start planning for Study Abroad!

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Verto Education

Verto Education is a first-semester abroad program that gives students an opportunity to explore the world while also earning Illinois Tech college credit, and therefore keeps students on a four-year graduation timeline.

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Student Empowerment Leadership and Mentorship

The Illinois Tech Student Empowerment, Leadership, and Mentorship (ELM) Program is a critical and analytical thinking approach to mentoring, leadership and development of high emotional IQ within our community. This is achieved by supporting existing and up-and-coming student leaders to support each other and the wider student body via an organically grown mentor support network. Fulfilling all program requirements will result in a Peer Mentorship Certification, a prestigious qualification. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

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Illinois Tech Professional Certificates

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According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary of an information security analyst is $93,000, and job growth is expected to increase 18 percent by 2024.Prepare for a career as a cybersecurity engineer, analyst, or administrator with a professional certificate in A+, Network+ with Cyber Security.

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Corporations, organizations, and startups need innovation and leadership to develop customer-specific solutions in almost real time. Gain these skills and knowledge with the professional certificate in IT Leadership, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship.

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The need for logistics to transport goods more efficiently in a global economy is an important factor in a company’s profitability. Gain the skills to enter this field with a professional certificate in Supply Chain Management.

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Growth of e-commerce and a shift to mobile technology are driving demand for web designers and developers. Build the skills to meet changing consumer behavior with a professional certificate in Web Design and Application Development.

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Data use has increased across business, industry, and the government, as well as the need to manage and analyze this data. Prepare for a data career with the professional certificate of Data Management and Analysis.

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Experts in cybersecurity management are in growing demand across business, industry, and government. Gain the skills to enter this field with a professional certificate in Cyber Security Management.

“Elevate gave me my first notable professional experience. It opened up networking opportunities as well as my ability to interact with researchers of differing academic backgrounds. It was extremely informative to not only discuss their research in the lab, but also to hear about the experiences that led to them becoming research professionals. As the youngest and least experienced in the laboratory, it was highly insightful to have the interactions with both my assigned mentor and others working in the lab.”

—Alysia DeSimone (Chemical Engineering 3rd Year), Downingtown, Pennsylvania

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