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Student Opportunities

Department of Energy Omni Technology Alliance Internship Program Heading link

The DOE Omni Technology Alliance Internship Program provides paid 10-week summer internships for up to three consecutive summers for undergraduate and graduate students in cybersecurity, information technology, and other related fields. Interns will hold appointments at DOE national laboratories, Power Marketing Administrations, plants, DOE headquarters, and other approved sites. Applications accepted through February 22.


TechTogether Chicago's Redefining the Hacker Stereotype Heading link

TechTogether, the nation’s largest initiative to address the gender inequities in the hackathon community, is hosting Redefining the Hacker Sterotype, a virtual hackathon for people of marginalized genders. The event includes early-career recruiters, access to 24-hour mentorship, and over 30 technical workshops. The event will be held February 25 to February  27, 2022. Get all the details at TechTogether, and register at Eventbrite.

Learn more and register

Upcoming hackathons and competitions Heading link

check here regularly for upcoming events

Internship opportunities Heading link

Scholarships Heading link

Chris Jackson Computer Science Education Scholarship: This $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a new recipient every six months. Applicants will be required to discuss their interest in pursuing a computer science degree, their career aspirations, and why they think they should receive the award. Learn more, find out the next available application deadline, and submit your application here.

Why do hackathons? Heading link

participants in Google Tech Challenge

We strongly encourage UIC CS students to sign up for hackathon competitions. Here are some reasons why:

  • Meeting new people. Not just potential employers—who might watch a hackathon for potential new hires—but also fellow students.
  • Developing your résumé. Hackathons let you showcase the skills you’ve developed in class and build some new ones.
  • Enhancing your job interviews. Hackathons make you a more interesting interviewee. You can talk about how you approached a problem, the solutions you considered, and which skills you brought to the table.
  • Winning! (Of course.)

Research Experiences for Undergraduates Heading link

student attending an REU at another university

Research experiences for undergraduates—called REUs for short—offer undergraduate students the opportunity to complete career-building research projects over the summer. REUs are competitive (with students chosen for the research positions by application) and often are held at universities other than your home institution. Most REUs are sponsored with funding from the National Science Foundation and typically come with a stipend that you can use to cover living expenses and other costs. Other REUs are offered by various government agencies and non-profits.

REUs make excellent résumé entries and offer valuable hands-on experience that you can talk about in job interviews. If you have your eye on a master’s degree or PhD after graduation, REUs provide a head start on building your research experience and could give you insight on what you might like to pursue in graduate school.

Think of REUs as a great way to get research experience while trying out living in a different place.