For students and recent graduates, the first signs of spring are a gentle reminder that it's time to get applications in for summer internships. To help get you started, we've dug up some of the best internship opportunities Chicago's tech scene has to offer.
What they do: ReviewTrackers lets businesses owners monitor reviews from more than 80 review sources, engage with reviewers and encourage more customers to leave positive feedback. Its platform also helps enterprises identify market trends and compare performance across multiple locations.
Why you want to intern there: One of Chicago’s most dynamic startups, ReviewTrackers has outgrown its offices four times in as many years. With open internships in marketing, operations and sales, ReviewTrackers offers a great chance for non-engineers to get a taste of the startup life.
What they do: A global advertising and public relations firm, Havas uses digital strategy to promote some of America’s best-known brands. Past interns at Havas have gotten assignments like rebranding Tuesdays, taking an executive’s job and selling Chicago’s winters as a perk.
Open internships: Summer Internship
Why you want to intern there: Opportunities abound for those who make it into Havas’ highly competitive internship program: more than 50 percent of participants in the program are hired into full-time positions. More details about this year’s program will be released on April 17, but the company is already accepting resumes.
What they do: Uptake’s data science platform lets major industrial players turn oceans of data into actionable insights that can reduce waste, unlock new efficiencies and streamline operations. The company recently raised a $90 million funding round at a $2 billion valuation.
Why you want to intern there: An internship with Uptake is a chance to hone your skills with one of the biggest players in one of the world’s fastest-growing technology verticals. And considering how quickly the company is growing, it definitely can’t hurt to get your foot in the door.
What they do: A specialist in mobile marketing, Vibes helps companies across the world connect with customers on the go. The Chicago adtech company raised $45 million last year to fuel its international ambitions and has kept growing ever since.
Why you want to intern there: If you’re interested in mobile-first marketing, Vibes is definitely the place to be. The company’s range of internship opportunities span the gamut from diving into data to creating, tracking and supporting campaigns.
What they do: Founded in 2011, Gesture uses technology to help charities raise more money at live events. The company’s solutions were used at more than 1,000 events last year, allowing organizers to spend more time engaging with their donors instead of lining them up to hand over checks.
Open internships: Marketing Intern
Why you want to intern there: Gesture’s value-driven culture makes the startup a great fit for those who want to use tech to change the world for the better. As their marketing intern, you’ll learn how to create marketing materials, develop sales leads and generate reports for analysis.
What they do: With its suite of tools for companies to manage ratings, reviews and Q&A sections, PowerReviews works with more than 1,000 brands across the globe to boost conversions and improve the customer experience. Founded in 2005, PowerReviews is one of Chicago’s top 100 tech employers.
Why you want to intern there: Learning is one of PowerReviews’ core values. As an intern there, you will get a chance to learn from the leaders at a company that helped define an entire industry.
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