The University of Illinois has one of the most amazing entrepreneurial ecosystems in the world. Champaign is a hub for innovators of all types ranging from engineering and agriculture to biotechnology and design. As an intern at TEC, you will be working alongside a team of staff that help student entrepreneurs navigate all of the programs and resources available to them! Below are the top 3 reasons to consider applying for a TEC intern position in the 2017-2018 school year.
- Learn about the entrepreneurial ecosystem on campus and the opportunities available – Illinois is a campus full of incredibly talented students and faculty and the innovation that comes out of this University is inspiring! Between the Engineering Quad and Research Park, there are countless organizations that exist to promote entrepreneurship. As an intern at TEC you will learn about the community that works to provide support and resources to entrepreneurs on campus, as well as become a part of it.
- Help student entrepreneurs navigate the resources available to them - With so many classes, events, programs, and competitions geared towards entrepreneurship on campus, it is difficult for students to know what could be useful to them. In addition to helping students navigate various entrepreneurship resources, interns get to attend TEC events such as ThinkChicago, SocialFuse, and Cozad. A result of attending so many events is that interns become knowledgeable about the types of opportunities that are helpful to students at different stages in their college careers.
- Gain valuable work experience - Whether you are in the TEC office, at a SocialFuse event, or on the Silicon Valley Workshop in California, as an intern at TEC you get to see firsthand what it is like to be an entrepreneur. The experiences you get to have such as meeting alumni with their own startups or hearing students pitch their ideas at SocialFuse provide you with the insight of the successes and challenges innovators are faced with. Aside from learning job skills that will become useful in post-graduate life, the experiences gained as an intern at TEC are unique and rewarding.