Guild at UMD

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 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 UMD. You can be enrolled in any major or minor — or not have even decided on a major yet. No prior experience required. See the bottom of the page for all eligibility requirements.

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 first Guild programs at UMD will take place August 2-6, 2021 and August 9-13, 2021. UMD hosts Guild programs twice in the summer and once in the winter.

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.

In one week, you’ll gain hands-on experience tackling a real-life challenge tailored to your local community. With the help and support of tech professionals, you’ll have the chance to figure out if you can picture a career in tech. 

If you are already pursuing tech at UMD, awesome! We can’t wait for you to join us. Please check out our additional programs like mentoring, computing courses and Sprinternship®.

COVID-19 Update

Break Through Tech is closely monitoring the development of COVID-19 in DC and surrounding areas. The health, safety, and well-being of our community are our top priority. We are working closely with UMD officials to follow official guidance from health officials. All programming is currently being conducted virtually.

How does Guild benefit you?

Participating in Guild requires five days out of your schedule. But it’s five days that could put you on course toward a rewarding career. If you discover that you like the world of technology (which many Guild participants do!) the Break Through Tech DC team can help you take the next steps toward a great tech career.

Consider this: the median base salary for a software developer in DC is $99,265, according to Glassdoor.

Every one of these developers had to start somewhere. Maybe you start in Guild.

So you’re interested?

Participate at no cost!

Guild is free of charge! In addition, we provide each participant with $150 after the conclusion of the program.

We’ll loan you equipment if you need it.

All you need to participate in Guild is a laptop and an Internet connection, both of which we can provide on loan if you need it.

Schedule and topics

Guild sessions run Monday through Friday 10am-4pm plus optional social and office-hour gatherings. During part of each day, we will spend time exploring answers to these questions:

  • Community-building: With so much work and study being online, how can we make meaningful connections to others?
  • Design thinking: How can we work with others to understand and work on solutions to real-world problems?
  • Programming: How do I use programming tools to solve problems through reading user input, processing information, and providing meaningful output?
  • Careers: What do industry professionals advise in their roles as mentors? What does it look like to have a job in tech?
  • Study: What are the next steps for me to explore a career in tech at my current school? What is the pathway to graduate with a major or minor in computing at UMD?

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School-Specific Program Information

University of Maryland, College Park (UMD)

Application Information

Applications Open
Apply by July 2, 2021
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Partner Institution

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  • Incoming first-year or rising second-year degree-seeking undergraduates at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD)
  • Enrolled in at least 1 course at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) during the Fall 2021 semester
  • Good academic standing (2.0+ GPA)
  • Do not have credit for CMSC 131, INST 126, IMDM 127 or the equivalent AP course (Note: CSP is not equivalent to any of these courses)
  • Focus on women (trans and cis) and nonbinary students and other underrepresented groups in tech
Chrystal Mingo

"The Summer Guild program served as a monumental moment in my life that reminded me that I belong in tech.”

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