College of Computing

Virtual Internships

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When you combine your world-class Illinois Tech education with real-world, experiential learning opportunities, you open up an infinite number of career possibilities.

Elevate Virtual Internships

Illinois Tech's one-of-a-kind Elevate program ensures you will have the confidence to land a great job. Begin your journey before stepping on campus by taking part in a four-week online internship, where you will learn and apply hands-on skills needed to lead and innovate in today's workplace.

High school and college students, graduates, professionals—all can join our specialized courses and build teamwork, creativity, design thinking, and problem-solving skills. The Excelerate platform ensures you can easily explore and sign up for opportunities that appeal to you. A virtual internship offers you the gateway to explore, collaborate, solve problems, and lead!


    $1,000 Edge Award

    What more can you gain from Elevate virtual internships besides valuable real-world experience and valuable twenty-first century skills? A $1,000 award that can jump-start your future at Illinois Tech. The Edge Award is open to high school students who enroll at Illinois Tech.

    Take a Virtual Internship and Earn a $1,000 Edge Award

    Illinois Tech is offering a $1,000 Edge Award to incoming undergraduate students to help you fund your Illinois Tech education. You can earn an Edge Award by completing a virtual internship prior to enrolling at Illinois Tech (Bonus: Edge Awards are stackable—earn up to five). Learn more about Edge Awards.

    In addition, rising 9th–12th graders may use their Edge Award for any Elevate College Prep experience, including summer programs!

    How do I apply for a virtual internship?

    Virtual internships are available to nominated students from participating partner high schools. If you’re interested in bringing a virtual internship to your high school, please contact Fareine Suarez at

    1. Go to the Illinois Tech profile on Excelerate
    2. Click on the “Sign Up” button
    3. Enter your details and verify your email
    4. Login to the platform and apply for the virtual internship under “Global Internships”

    Watch this video to learn how to sign up

    I got to learn a lot about the defensive hacking in terms of cybersecurity. I come from a background in mechanical engineering, so this was something completely new for me. I learned a lot, and I'm glad I embarked on this journey.

    —Maryam Yasin, Cybersecurity and Defensive Hacking

    I didn't just learn about cybersecurity. I worked and carried out assignments and tasks with many of the tools of cybersecurity. There were times when tasks were daunting, difficult, and really challenging, but with every task completed and success recorded, I grew in the knowledge of my field—and my confidence.

    —Utobo Ederenna, Cybersecurity and Defensive Hacking

    I have gained some very crucial skills in analyzing data. I learned to be a responsible part of my team. I am sure, in the future, I'll be able to deal with a larger set of data with higher efficiency.

    —Rewa Deshpande, Data Visualization

    Your Benefits of the Virtual Internship

    Employability Skills

    Employability Skills

    Communication, collaboration, self-management, problem solving

    Global Exposure

    Global Exposure

    Network with students and subject matter experts from around the world

    Professional Development

    Professional Development

    Report writing, business etiquette, and presentation skills

    Personal Growth

    Personal Growth

    Self-awareness to be able to identify strengths, weaknesses, and blind spots of your professional personality

    Your Virtual Internship Schedule

    • Virtual internships start the first week of every month and can be found on Excelerate
    • Four-week program requiring 5 to 6 hours of commitment per week
    • Internship structure: 
      • Week 1: Introduction and overview to the internship and project team. Review of sponsor’s data and business problem.
      • Week 2: Uncovering the challenge question and collecting further information. Professional and personal skills development.
      • Week 3: Conducting relevant research and creating a preliminary analysis. Preparing a draft report on the proposed solutions.
      • Week 4: Group presentation on findings and recommendations for challenge questions. Reflective video on internship journey.

    Virtual Internship Topic Tracks

    Explore programs that will spark your journey to success.

    Internship Topic Track  Internship Role Task Learning Outcomes
    Digital Marketing Social Media Analyst Analyze GlobalShala’s social media presence and devise newer methods to improve audience interaction. Learn the best practices and proven strategies for digital marketing and communications
    Entrepreneurship and Innovation Innovative Entrepreneur Identify a new product/ business to launch and the steps needed to make it a reality for a startup. Learn how to ask the right questions, experiment with ideas, apply analytical thinking, and work effectively in teams.
    Data Visualization Data Analyst Analyze data from GlobalShala’s marketing team on ad campaigns in order to generate actionable reports for future campaigns.  Learn how to effectively analyze data using data visualizations and to improve the look of presentations and data visualizations based on best practices in design. 
    Project Management Project Manager Create a project plan that GlobalShala will use to plan, organize, and execute a global competition.

    Learn how to create and manage a project team; develop a team charter, project schedule, and project scope while also dealing with crisis situations in projects. 

    Esports and 
    Game Design
    Content Creator Create a highlight video showcasing game play that will be used for promotion, positioning, and profitability. Learn from industry experts how to create effective streaming accounts, how to create videos with special effects, and how to analyze the market response to those videos and maximize views.
    Cybersecurity and Defensive Hacking

    Defense Hacker

    Set up a virtualization environment for threat assessments testing and understanding different attack vectors. Learn methods for mitigation of risk.

    Learn and practice hands-on defensive hacking techniques while in a lab environment. Understand the concept of “blue teams,” different attack vectors, brute force, denial of service, scans, backdoor attacks, and others.

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