9 awesome summer startup internships in Chicago

by Adam Calica
February 15, 2016


The gig: UX Internship at Solstice Mobile

What you can look forward to: You will work with some of the brightest, most talented UX’ers around, learning something new about design daily.

The company: Solstice helps its clients build engaging apps that connect them with their customers. It strives for an innovative, collaborative culture that values trying new things and continued learning.



The gig: General Summer Internship at SMS Assist

What you can look forward to: You'll have the opportunity to gain hands-on work experience in a variety of departments including operations, HR, Sales, and Training. SMS hosts awesome intern-specific events like Meet & Greets, a Mentor Matchup Mixer, and an Intern Farewell Party. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, you'll also get to take part in companywide SMS events like their summer party, book club, bake-offs, and intramural sports.

The company: SMS Assist makes it easier for property managers to manage multiple properties at once. Its culture is centered around the core values of entrepreneurial spirit, teamwork, passion for service, and integrity.



The gig: Summer Marketing Intern at SpotHero

What you can look forward to: You'll have the opportunity to help on a variety of really cool B2B and B2C marketing projects for SpotHero. You'll even get to own your own marketing initiative. Past intern projects have included developing a microsite and re-envisioning the user flow for particular aspects of SpotHero's product.

The company: With SpotHero, users can reserve the perfect parking spot whenever they want, for a fraction of the cost, and without the fear of getting a parking ticket. And they're growing — fast. In the last year alone, they've grown over 400 percent. 



The gig: Software Engineer Internship at Civis Analytics

What you can look forward to: At Civis, you'll get to help build tech tools that will help solve some of the world’s biggest problems. You'll work alongside Civis engineers to build, test, and deploy new features to their tech. 

The company: Civis Analytics is working to build a data-driven world with cloud-based products that help organizations do data science better. With tech that empowers companies to unlock the insights lying hidden in their data, Civis transforms the way people do data. 



The gig: Strategy and Operations Intern at Avant

What you can look forward to: At Avant, you'll get a feel of what life at a tech company really looks like, working on an array of projects and challenges with different members of the team. On top of that practical experience, you'll also be able to attend informative and fun events. 

The company: Avant is changing the way consumers borrow money. Utilizing advanced algorithms and machine-learning capabilities, the company offers a unique and highly customized approach to the personal loan process. The combination of technology, analytics and customer service capabilities allows the company to provide a simple process for personal loans and line of credit products to borrowers, all entirely online.



The gig: Public Relations Intern

What you can look forward to in the internship: You'll gain exposure to all angles of public relations in a real-world setting, in addition to having the opportunity to put your collaboration chops to the test by working with different teams. 

The company: kCura’s Relativity software helps corporations, law firms, and government agencies manage unstructured data during legal processes. Its culture emphasizes collaboration, communication, and accountability.



The gig: Multimedia Intern

What you can look forward to: Techweek says they only hire the best of the best, and judging by the quality of work they give their interns, they mean it. In this role, the multimedia intern will be in charge of a number of key responsibilities, from A/V editing of raw footage to working alongside the SEO team to ensure content is optimized to full capacity.

The company: Headquartered in Chicago, Techweek is a fast-growing tech festival that brings together the biggest and brightest tech geeks, CEOs, and thought leaders to celebrate the most innovative technology emerge out of different ecosystems. They’re in eight cities already, having added Havana, Cuba in 2015.



The gig: Marketing Internship

What you can look forward to: Gesture’s marketing intern will be tasked with a number of skill-building responsibilities, including building marketing materials, writing and editing blog posts, and managing social media, all based on the company's editorial calendar and guidelines.

The company: Who doesn’t want to work at a company that’s centered on philanthropy? At Gesture, you can come to the office knowing you’re working to make it easier for people to donate money to charities by making innovative technology that brings silent auctions to the 21st century.  



The gig: Software Engineer 

What you can look forward to: This position is tailor-made for undergrads studying computer science. If you want some hands-on experience in designing and developing software features, fixing issues preemptively, and writing high-quality code (while working with a team of top-tier engineers), consider sprucing up your resume and applying today.

The company: Sprout Social is one of Chicago’s fastest-growing tech companies and an industry leader in software for social media management, organization, and optimization. But don’t take our word for it — ask some of the preeminent brands they count among their clients, including Adobe, Google, and Marvel.

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