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DPI Tech Scholars have a unique opportunity to receive a complete semester of courses along with a hands-on immersive experience in Chicago in a tech company, a DPI Science Team, or a local civic organization or nonprofit.
Students interact with Chicagoland technology and innovation culture, and experience Chicago’s museums, parks, events and programs alongside their fellow Scholars.
Students accelerate their careers by working part-time, 20 hours/week at a Chicago organization. Students make meaningful connections to regional employers and industries, university research teams, civic and nonprofit organizations, and startups that will lead to employment and talent retention in the region.
Students participate in upper division courses in computer science, computer engineering, data analytics and data science in person and online to receive a full semester of credit.
DPI Tech Scholars
DPI Tech Scholars Programs offer students the opportunity to spend a semester living, working, and learning in Chicago. In addition to receiving credit for a full course-load while participating in a paid internship, Scholars have access to Chicago’s top technology leaders, creating a network of career-enhancing relationships. Students can participate in a wide variety of different immersion programs
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DPI Tech Interns
Undergraduate and graduate students get to experience meaningful, paid work experience in the tech sector. Companies receive valuable work product, access to potential future employees, and professional development for an early-career tech manager.
The formula for DPI’s Tech Intern program? Teams of 4-6 students work on-site with Chicago-area tech companies in the areas of Data Analytics, Web + Application Development, and Software Testing Automation. Students are paid for up to 20 hours of work per week during the fall or spring semester, or 40 hours/week over the summer.
Run by the Grainger College of Engineering at UIUC, this program pairs top computer science and computer engineering students with Chicago tech companies for semester-long internships. Engineering City Scholars work 20 hours per week at a paid internship with Chicago tech companies, making connections, and building a competitive career-focused resume.
Startup City Scholars
DPI is partnering with the Grainger College of Engineering and the University of Chicago Polsky Center for a semester-long study and entrepreneurship program through the prestigious College New Venture Challenge (CNVC). The CNVC is an undergraduate track to launch tomorrow’s entrepreneurs into the Chicago Tech scene.
DPI Research Scholars
Work on paid project opportunities with DPI’s Science Teams to help advance research on wicked challenges involving AI, Machine Learning, Robotics and more across a variety of industry sectors.
DPI is hard at work developing additional Tech Scholars programs to support student learning objectives across a wide spectrum of disciplines and career interests.
This Tech Scholars program offers students with an interest in the food supply chain, food sustainability issues and food sciences an opportunity to live, work and learn in Chicago while getting hands-on experience in the Food and Beverage industry.
This Tech Scholars program is focused on offering students outside computer science and computer engineering (e.g. humanities, social sciences, biological sciences, etc.) an opportunity to develop skills in data science and data analytics and apply those skills to real-world work environments with companies, non-profits and civic organizations.