BE YOUR OWN BOSS

INTERNSHIP

A paid internship that gives you the opportunity to explore the startup ecosystem, network with professional entrepreneurs, and build community with peers from all different backgrounds—all while working to create and pitch your own business ideas!

We will be running three cohorts of Be Your Own Boss for Chicago students in 2023.

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FOR STUDENTS AT CHICAGO PUBLIC & CHARTER SCHOOLS

OPEN TO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 15 | APRIL 18 - MAY 11 | MAY 30 - JUNE 22

VIRTUAL (WITH ONE IN-PERSON DAY)

PARTICIPANTS EARN CASH STIPEND




CLIMB THE LADDER TO SUCCESS

Make friends, earn money, and build your network with the “Be Your Own Boss” Internship. A fun, interactive experience, this internship will give you the skills you need to take control of your future and succeed in the 21st Century.




ENTREPRENEURS ARE DREAMERS DOERS GAME-CHANGERS INNOVATORS CREATORS DISRUPTORS PEOPLE LIKE US PEOPLE LIKE YOU

BUILD YOUR NETWORK

Successful entrepreneurs often cite their network as the secret to their success. Be Your Own Boss helps you build your own network, connecting you with other hardworking peers, entrepreneurs, and experienced business leaders. You’ll have fun and make friends at the same time.

  • Fun & Engaging Environment
    Students like you learn while completing fun group projects and activities

  • Entrepreneur Led
    Instructors are all seasoned entrepreneurs and business leaders

  • STEM Integration
    Program lessons incorporate andencourage STEM development

  • VIP Access
    Participants like you get backstage access to entrepreneurship in Chicago and across the country

  • Expands Social Capital
    Connect with inspiring, hardworking peers from across the country

  • Builds Network
    Make meaningful connections with top entrepreneurs and tech leaders

  • Career Exposure
    Learn about new career paths and opportunities

  • Paid Participation
    Earn a cash stipend based on your attendance and participation

EXPLORE THE ENTREPRENEURIAL ECOSYSTEM

Gain VIP access to entrepreneurship in Chicago and beyond. Entrepreneurs are doers, so we’ve designed each day to be hands-on, different and fun. During the internship, you’ll work in teams to create a business idea, build a basic working app prototype, and pitch your app at a virtual community showcase.

EXPLORE THE ENTREPRENEURIAL ECOSYSTEM

Gain VIP access to entrepreneurship in Chicago and beyond. Entrepreneurs are doers, so we’ve designed each day to be hands-on, different and fun. During the internship, you’ll work in teams to create a business idea, build a basic working app prototype, and pitch your app at a virtual community showcase.

  • Expands Social Capital
    Connect with inspiring, hardworking peers from across the country

  • Builds Network
    Make meaningful connections with top entrepreneurs and tech leaders

  • Career Exposure
    Learn about new career paths and opportunities

  • Paid Participation
    Earn a cash stipend based on your attendance and participation

See the Impact

"Future Founders is such a memorable experience. You walk away with more tools in your toolbox, and the immense satisfaction of knowing you too can create your own company."

Dulce Medina

Be Your Own Boss Summer Intern

"The Be Your Own Boss Summer Internship provides you with the chance to not only experience entrepreneurship, but to develop yourself as well, which makes it really unique.”

Kendall Hester

Be Your Own Boss Summer Intern

What are the program dates?

The Be Your Own Boss Virtual Internship runs various cycles throughout the year. Check the top of this page for details on our next session(s).

 

How does the stipend work?

Participating students have the opportunity to earn a cash stipend over the course of the program. The stipend is based on attendance and active participation. The stipend schedule will be discussed on the first day of the program.

How can my child get access to this program?

Acceptance to the Be Your Own Boss Virtual Internship requires both an online application and virtual interview. Due to the high volume of interest, our two-step application helps to find the most engaged and committed students. The application isn’t based on grades or prior experience in entrepreneurship. We are looking for students from all backgrounds and experiences who are interested in exploring this industry.

Where is the program located?

The Be Your Own Boss Internship is completely virtual, so participants may be located anywhere (students must have access to a working computer with camera and internet in order to participate).


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