Elevate Your Future
16,000–60,000 opportunities every day
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Every day the average brain channels 16,000–60,000 thoughts—ideas, beliefs, imaginations. What do you imagine for yourself—and how can you make it a reality?
When it comes to your future career, it takes more than a top-tier education to set yourself up for success.* You also need hands-on, twenty-first century experiences that give you the skills employers are seeking. You want mentorship, a customized career plan, and the confidence to land a great job.
Illinois Tech’s one-of-a-kind Elevate program promises that we will make you and your life success our top priority—education, mentorship, and real-world experiences. Our plan offers you all of it.
*A Little Something About Experiences
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 91 percent of employers prefer job candidates with previous work experience. Illinois Tech’s Elevate program gives you access to experiences like internships that prepare you to achieve career success.
Your Elevate Journey
How does our Elevate Promise work? Here’s a step-by-step guide describing how we’ll chart your pathway to success.
1. Take Part in Guaranteed Experiences
2. Create a Guaranteed “Elevate Your Future” Plan
3. Develop Guaranteed Job Readiness
Experience Is the Difference
Of Employers Seek Job Candidates with Work Experience
(National Association of Colleges and Employers)
Average Percent of Eligible Interns Who Receive a Job Offer
(National Association of Colleges and Employers)
Illinois Tech Career Placement Rate
(among 2020 graduates reporting)
Jonte’ Williams says one of the best things about Illinois Tech and hands-on experiences is expanding on what he knows—and, most importantly, what he doesn’t know.Jonte’ Williams (Astrophysics and Physics 3rd Year)
Coursework in artificial intelligence helped Maggie Barclay secure an internship with IBM, where she developed skills to achieve her long-term goals in the field.Maggie Barclay (Artificial Intelligence/M.A.S. Artificial Intelligence 4th Year)
Providing more access to free menstrual hygiene products will reduce stress and anxiety throughout a menstruating population, as well as increase consistency in classroom attendanceBarien Gad (Biochemistry 3rd Year)
A summer abroad in Scotland allowed Victoria Belotti to learn more about Scottish history, culture, and politics through visiting the places and cities where these events occurred.Victoria Belotti (Applied Mathematics/Statistics/M.S. CDSOR 2nd Year)
While navigating Illinois Tech as a DACA student, Greta Vasiliauskaite gained real-world skills through an internship with an engineering consulting firm.Greta Vasiliauskaite (Civil Engineering/M.Eng. Environmental Engineering 3rd Year)
Laasya Devi Annepureddy uses undergraduate research opportunities to contribute to more equitable health solutions.Laasya Devi Annepureddy (Biomedical Engineering 4th Year)
Your Future Deserves a Guarantee
We’re ready to make a contract for your future. We’re confident that our unique combination of education, guaranteed experiences, and personalized guidance will add up to a great job after graduation. (Illinois Tech graduates earn some of the highest starting salaries in the country.)
A partnership with the global innovation company DMG MORI allows students to use professional digital-manufacturing equipment and get practical, hands-on experience right on campus.
This exciting competition at Illinois Tech challenges students to discover creative technology solutions to some of the most pressing global issues facing the world. The 2021 winners developed a sustainable digital currency.
Architecture students in the Design/Build studio receive hands-on experience in designing, fabricating, and building a structure with a community, with projects taking them around the world. A project in Chile won the 2021 Roberta Feldman Architecture for Social Justice Award Citation of Merit.
The Elevate Your Future program guarantees that you’ll take part in amazing internship, study away, research, and other experiences that will teach you twenty-first century skills. You’ll practice creativity, problem solving, design thinking, innovation, and teamwork—and connect the dots between your education and the real-world skills employers seek.See What Marissa Learned
Graduate with Confidence
A national survey of college students shows that students who held internships, and those who took part in career preparation activities such as networking and social-capital building, graduate feeling more confident in their workplace skills and career plans than students who did not. Elevate prepares you to hit the ground running when you graduate. (Strada Center for Education Consumer Insights)
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. We engage current and up-and-coming student leaders to support each other and the wider student body via an organically grown mentor support network. Students who fulfill all program requirements receive a prestigious Peer Mentorship Certification. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.Learn More
“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.”
“Having an internship at a startup company allows you to have a real impact. You may be working with the CEO or founder of the company and get to see what it's like at a young company.”
“Being in Chicago made internship and professional opportunities more accessible, with hundreds of positions downtown just a short train ride from campus. My internship at a world-class company, Exelon, was one of the most valuable experiences of my life and led to my job after graduation.”
“My NASA internship prepared me for college because it taught me skills such as managing time and it also gave me experience in working with teams. My time at NASA prepared me to continue to work hard in school so I can have more internship opportunities in the future.”