BE YOUR OWN BOSS

SUMMER INTERNSHIP

A two week paid virtual internship that teaches you how to create and pitch your own business idea while you get a VIP tour of Chicago’s startup community. Applications for summer 2020 are now closed. Please check back for details on future internships.




FOR CHICAGO STUDENTS

OPEN TO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

JULY 6 - JULY 17 & JULY 27 - AUGUST 7

100% VIRTUAL

PARTICIPANTS EARN A $300 STIPEND




CLIMB THE LADDER TO SUCCESS

Make friends, earn money, and build your network this summer with the “Be Your Own Boss” Summer 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 Chicago 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 and encourage STEM development

  • VIP Access
    Participants like you get backstage access to entrepreneurship in Chicago

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

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

  • Career Exposure
    Learn about new career paths and opportunities

  • Paid Participation
    Earn up to $300 based on your attendance and participation

GET A TASTE OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN CHICAGO

Spend your summer gaining VIP access to entrepreneurship in Chicago. 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.

GET A TASTE OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN CHICAGO

Spend your summer gaining VIP access to entrepreneurship in Chicago. 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 Chicago

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

  • Career Exposure
    Learn about new career paths and opportunities

  • Paid Participation
    Earn up to $300 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 Summer Internship runs in two cycles. Check the application to see specific start and end dates.

 

How does the stipend work?

Participating students have the opportunity to earn a $300 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 Summer 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 Summer Internship operates out of 1871. 1871 is the #1 University Affiliated Startup Incubator in the world and it is located on the 12th floor of the Merchandise MartNOTE: The 2020 Internship Program is currently slated to be 100% virtual due to COVID-19.


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