The Tech and Innovation Internship is an opportunity that empowers high school and college students to become an entrepreneur, innovator, and tech leader. Guided by experts and mentors, you'll collaborate with a diverse team to build a startup from the ground up, from ideation to Minimum Viable Product (MVP). This immersive experience goes beyond traditional internships. You'll explore the world of entrepreneurship, develop your problem-solving skills, and gain hands-on experience in product development, UI/UX design, or software development. Get ready to pitch your startup idea, connect with local Philadelphia tech companies, and embark on site visits to our partner organizations.

What You'll Gain

•   How to ideate, validate, and bring your ideas to life.
•   Practical skills in product management, UI/UX design, or software development.
•   Effective teamwork and collaboration.
•   Pitching and presenting your startup concept.
•   Networking with professionals in the tech industry.
•   Problem-solving and critical thinking.
•   Building a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) from scratch.

Who this Internship is For

•   11th and 12th grade and college students in the Philadelphia area
•   Students interested in at least one of these specialized tracks:
      •   Product Management
      •   UI/UX Design
      •   Software Development

Schedule/Important Dates

•   College applications open early December 2023
•   High school applications open January 2024
•   College cohort runs from June 3 to August 9, 2024.
•   High School cohort runs from June 17 to August 9, 2024.
•   Check back or sign up for our email list for updates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for the program?
The program is open to high school (11th and 12th grade) and college students in the Philadelphia area who have an interest in the tech and innovation space.

When do applications open?
2024 summer internship applications for college students will open in early December 2023. Applications for high school students will open in January 2024. Check back or sign up for our email list for updates.

When is the internship held?
This is a 10-week internship program. The college cohort runs from early June to early August and the high school cohort running from mid June to early August.

Will the internship be in-person or virtual?
This hybrid program is mostly remote with weekly in-person work days and occasional events. There will be several in-person site visits and virtual workshops throughout the program with industry partners and mentors.

What positions are available?
We are currently seeking interns for three different positions: Product Manager, Web Developer, and UI/UX Designer.

Do you need previous experience to apply?
There is no required technical knowledge for the internship. Our most successful candidates are curious, self-motivated individuals who are willing to think creatively and continuously improve.

Is there a cost for enrollment?
No, CBK programs are free for all participants. The Tech & Innovation Internship is a PAID position.

What Students are Saying

“This internship has been a revolutionary experience for me. It opened my eyes and mind to how challenging it can be to build a startup around an idea/problem.” - Sory, student
“We networked a lot [during the internship] with different companies and we got to talk with developers and learn how far they have come. It was an inspiration because I want to follow their footsteps and eventually be where they are right now.” - Khilola, student
"This was an incredibly valuable experience because it forced me to think critically about areas that I may not have otherwise been exposed to so early." - Tahsin, student
"I've done other CBK programs before but this has been my favorite so far.” - Sultan, student

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Our Generous Funders:

PHL Most Diverse Tech Hub
Comcast NBC Universal
Comic Relief
NBA Foundation
Capital One
Infinite Blue
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