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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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Seeking Summer 2021 Interns for Software Test, Systems Engineering, Product Management, Supply Chain Planning, Corporate Accounting, and more | Attending the Spring 2021 Career Fair!

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Seeking an intern to help them create case studies and tell the stories of sustainable operations in buildings around Chicago. Apply by March 1, 2021. | Attending the Spring 2021 Career Fair!

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

Professional Licensure Exam Prep

Professional Engineering (PE) or Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam Prep

Illinois Institute of Technology is a leader in providing professional engineering review courses to prepare engineers for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and the Professional Engineering (PE) exams. We offer more than 35 different online review classes to help prepare for the state exam| Paid, Illinois Tech Alumni discount offered.

Upcoming Hackathons

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Build an application prototype with Azure for and with people with disabilities in the context of education. The application should be functional with real or sample data. $10,000 in prizes. Open February 12–March 15, 2021.

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Build the next generation of impact through the combined power of blockchain and the cloud. In partnership with Google Cloud, Galaxy Interactive, and Mythical Games. $61,500 in prizes. March and April 2021.

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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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Virtual Career Fairs

The Spring 2021 Career Fair will be held virtually through the InternX platform on February 25. Students and employers will schedule 10-minute video conversations, with employers able to pre-select candidates two weeks in advance of the fair.

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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.

Virtual Study Abroad Opportunities

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Sage Corps

In today’s world, you can work from anywhere, anytime. We are believers in the value of global experience. And now, we make that possible to do without having to leave your home. As remote work becomes the new normal, it is an important and invaluable experience for college students to participate in a virtual internship without financial, logistical, or other constraints.

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Take charge of your academic plans and design your perfect term with API Global Select! API has partnered with some of our top international university partners from around the world to offer their expansive course catalogs virtually to our students for a truly global, borderless and connected semester or quarter experience!

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Although not a substitute for a traditional on-site experience, virtual internships can serve as an important stepping stone to build up your skills, resume, and cross-cultural understanding. This can be a great foundation for future internships on site. With a virtual internship, work on projects for an international organization from your home base in the U.S. while adding a global perspective to your professional work experience.

“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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