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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 which will enable their upward trajectory. These opportunities include on- and off-campus research, internships and co-ops, study abroad, and additional opportunities such as short courses and competitions to further round out your education.  

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New Internships and Virtual Experiences

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Gain trending professional skills and transformative international internship experiences at startups —from home. All students complete hard skill training in data analytics, software development (web/mobile), UI/UX, marketing, and business development. Students also attend weekly online events with Sage Corps alumni who work at top global companies. This program runs as an extra-curricular during the semester and summer. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Upcoming Hackathons

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Students, fintech enthusiasts, developers, and tech founders are welcome to hack for good and use Finastra APIs to accelerate transformation. $75,000 prize pool. December 20, 2020 deadline.


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DrChrono would love to invite designers and developers to innovate new and refreshing tools to improve the Healthcare Ecosystem! They believe the best solutions in healthcare are built with technology prowess and an innovative spirit, not just from clinical expertise.$15,210 in prizes. January 12, 2021 deadline.

Virtual Study Abroad Opportunities

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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.

COVID-19 Research Projects

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Verto Education

Verto Education is a first semester abroad program which gives students an opportunity to explore the world while also earning Illinois Tech college credit, and therefore, keeps students on a 4-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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“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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