Guild at Mason

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What is Guild?
A paid opportunity for students designed to ignite interest in tech by teaching them how to code real-world, mission-driven applications.
1 Week
Applications are now closed.
Program Participants

Guild is open to all students with a focus on women (cis and trans) and nonbinary individuals who are first- and second-year students at Mason. You can be enrolled in any major or minor — or not have even decided on a major yet. No prior experience required.

Additional Info

If you are curious about technology and want to join a supportive community of women who are also exploring tech, try Guild. You will have the chance to work in teams with other students to develop a tech-based solution to a problem that matters in your community.

Our next Guild program at Mason will take place June 6-10, 2022. 

There is no cost to participate in the program. Students receive a stipend for the program.

How do you know if something is a fit if you’ve never had the chance to try it out?

That’s where we come in. 

Check out our Guild Programyour low-risk, high-reward chance to explore tech.

What is a Guild?

In five days, Guild will teach you about technology in a way that matters.

We identify a problem that is important to people in DC and the world—learning —and we work together (in teams of creative women just like you) to brainstorm improvements for educational technologies to support all learners. 

Then, we see how we can achieve those solutions with technology.

Guild teams bring their plans to life using a programming environment called App Lab, which makes building an app accessible even to beginners.

Summer Guild Dates: June 6-10

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented and unexpected reliance on online learning. There is a need to reimagine learning with emerging technologies to support the new and changing roles of teachers and educators, parents, families, and other collaborators. It has also accelerated the development of educational technologies that support learning at all academic levels and across contexts. As part of the summer guild, students will design and develop educational technologies to support learning for all and in all contexts.


Guild sessions run Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a break for lunch at noon. During part of each day, we will spend time exploring answers to these questions:

  • Community: With so much work and study being online, how can we make meaningful connections to others?
  • Design: How can we work with others to understand and work on solutions to real-world problems?
  • Programming: How do I use programming tools to get user input, process data, and provide meaningful output?
  • Careers: What do industry professionals advise in their roles as mentors? What do computing jobs look like?
  • Study: What are the next steps for exploring a tech career at my current school? What is the pathway to graduate with a major or minor in computer science and information sciences and technology from Mason?

School-Specific Program Information

George Mason University

Application Information

Applications are now closed.

Partner Institution

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  • Women (trans and cis) and nonbinary students  and other underrepresented groups in tech
  • Incoming degree-seeking undergraduates or rising second-years at George Mason University (including students currently on the NOVA Advance pathways)
  • 18+ years of age by November 1, 2022
  • Living in the United States by June 1, 2022
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"The Summer Guild program served as a monumental moment in my life that reminded me that I belong in tech.”

Chrystal Mingo
Graduate of City College of New York (CUNY), Break Through Tech New York Alum
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