Summer Guild

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What is Summer Guild?
A free program 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

First and second-year college women wondering if computer science and a career in tech is a good fit. No prior experience required.

Additional Info

It is free to participate in this 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 Summer Guild Program your 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. 

Take advantage of this free, low-risk way to build community and explore if tech is a fit for you. Financial support is provided to students to cover living expenses. No prior experience necessary.  

Summer Guild runs multiple sessions (Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.) throughout July and August. Laptops and internet hotspots may be available for students in need. Based on available funds, Break Through Tech New York offers living expense grants to help with expenses that would prevent you from being able to participate in the program, such as childcare or work income.


Due to COVID-19, all programming is being conducted virtually.

School-Specific Program Information

CUNY Students

Application Information

Information about the Summer 2021 program is coming soon.

Partner Institution

  • Women (trans and cis) and nonbinary students and other underrepresented groups in tech
  • Undergraduate, degree-seeking students at a CUNY college
  • Enrolled in at least 1 course at CUNY college during the Fall 2021 semester
  • Incoming new CUNY students or rising second-year students
  • 18+ years of age by November 1, 2021
  • Living in the United States in January 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 she/her
Graduate of City College of New York (CUNY), Break Through Tech Program Alum
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New York City

CUNY women declaring computer science and related disciplines as their major increased 61.5%.

1,263 women undergraduates in Fall 2016 to 2,040 in Fall 2019. These gains are due to a variety of factors both nationally and in the New York metro area.

Next Steps for Students

Who Can Apply?

Are you a current CUNY student? Will you be a CUNY student in the fall? Are you curious about careers in technology and coding? Are you looking to join a supportive community across CUNY? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should apply!

Break Through Tech works at the intersection of academia and industry to propel more women into higher education and careers in tech. We welcome all applicants from underrepresented groups in tech to apply.

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