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 are 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 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 students 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 Guild programs at UMD will take place August 7-13, 2022 (virtual) and August 14-20, 2022 (both virtual and in-person options).

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 our 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, intro to 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.

How does Guild benefit you?

Participating in Guild requires five full 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. We hope 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.

Schedule and topics

Guild sessions run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 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 in computing at UMD?

Questions? Email

School-Specific Program Information

University of Maryland, College Park (UMD)

Application Information

Applications are closed.

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 2022 semester
  • Good academic standing (2.0+ GPA)
  • Do not have credit for CMSC 131, INST 126, IMDM 127 or AP Computer Science A
  • Focus on women (cis and trans) and nonbinary students and other underrepresented groups in tech
  • Preference will be given to students who do not have credit for CMSC125 or CMSC122

I met so many great people and mentors during Guild—and learned more in one week than I ever thought possible.

Himaja Mallampally she/her
UMD student, Break Through Tech DC Guild alum
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