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StandOut Connect

StandOut Connect is a program created with the help of investment from The University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Innovation that matches high school students with internships at innovative companies.

Are you ready for real-world experience? 

Our mission is to help the brightest high school students of our generation create a real impact in the professional world. Over the course of our program, students will be taught how to recruit for and succeed in internships by alumni from top universities who have broken into fields such as finance, medicine, law, and technology. Then, they will be given the opportunity to complete a two-month internship in their area of interest at a company founded by top university alumni. Students will leave their internships having spearheaded a project at their company match, with many receiving return offers to continue for as long as they please.

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The Impact Our Students Have Made

internships for high schoolers

Intern for Stanford-Founded Virtual Physical Therapy Company, Comet Health

“My experience at Comet Health was fantastic. I learned so much about how the healthcare system works and how to grow a company from scratch. After going through StandOut’s training, I also feel much more ready to recruit for college internships.”

Ashley designed and built a website for mental health providers, launched a blog, and performed a research analysis on potential providers in the company CRM.

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Intern for University of Chicago-Founded Battery Technology Company, Haylon

“My time at Haylon has inspired me to pursue engineering at Harvard in the fall. I am so grateful to the team for giving me real responsibility where I could make an actual contribution to the company. I really felt like part of the team as opposed to just an intern.”

Saanvi wrote 8 highly technical grant applications on behalf of the company resulting in $100,000 in new investments.

Students Starting Careers in High School


Students matched with
meaningful internships


Companies from top universities and accelerator programs


Students who receive optional return offers

Just 10% of students globally complete an internship in high school, but 70% of students across top-50 universities do one. Program alumni have gone on to attend some of the following institutions and more.


Program Resources

Top Mentors

We source internships through partnerships with organizations such as Harvard Ventures and The Yale Entrepreneurship Society. Students are given real responsibility within a small team the chance to receive recommendation letters from company founders. 

Strong Community

Classes will be taught in interactive workshops where students can get to know their cohort, and each student will be assigned a partner with similar aspirations to work on assignments with and hold each other accountable throughout their internship experience. 

Career Readiness

Students are taught how to build a college-level resume, network for competitive industries, and integrate modern tools such as AI into their workflows. They then have the opportunity to get real practice interviewing with companies until they receive an internship offer. 

Rhea Donohue

Dartmouth College, Class of 2025

Through StandOut, I was able to find an amazing internship that pushed me to explore my interests while also enhancing my resumé for colleges. During my interview for Dartmouth, I was able to confidently speak on my career aspirations and elaborate on my prior experience in that field, both of which were made possible through my internship. A big thank you to StandOut for all their help getting me into my dream college!!

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