For college students with a passion for startups and innovation, General Assembly is offering a week-long Tech Intensive for those who are eager to turn their ideas into reality. This week will provide a break from school, time in a new city, while immersing yourself in a community of like-minded individuals. Read more to learn how you can make this experience your own.
who is General Assembly, exactly?
My story with GA began in Atlanta back in June 2015, and since then, my love for this community has only grown stronger. You can read more in my previous General Assembly spotlight post, but GA is a global network of campuses for technology, business, and design. Started in 2011 in New York City, GA’s mission is simple: to transform thinkers into creators through education and opportunities in technology, business, and design.
Since its inception, GA has expanded to 15 locations worldwide, offering full-time and part-time courses, classes and workshops, special events, as well as online courses. Instructors are well-known members of the community, including influencers and business leaders.
In an effort to stay connected with GA while back in grad school, their email alerts have kept me in-the-know about the latest opportunities to get involved.
I’ve since learned more about GA’s newest installation — their University Programs, a chance for college students to explore their passions and expand career opportunities in the innovative cities of New York, San Francisco, London and Sydney. Through a 16-week Tech Semester, summer-long Internship Connector, or 1-week Tech Intensive, students can reach new heights through hands-on learning and real-world experience.
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If you haven’t booked your Spring Break travel yet, look no further than GA’s Tech Intensive in NYC and San Fran. This 1-week program on location at one of GA’s campuses will allow you to turn a business idea into a viable product and pitch to entrepreneurs while learning about product development, user experience design, marketing, business development, rapid prototyping and more.
From business fundamentals, digital marketing, to selling your product, GA will provide you with hands-on experience and practical skills that will further your career in whatever direction you wish to take. At the end of the week, you’ll even get to pitch a product of your own creation to a panel of judges.
Not only do you have the chance to visit a major city, company visits and cultural activities will give you a feel for what the startup and tech life is like in one of these cities. By partnering with students from all over the world, you’ll get a taste of what’s it like to live and work among those who love what you do.
What’s the roi of GA’s tech intensive?
With this program, you’ll see a return on your investment immediately. Raffi Khatchadourian is a Mathematical Economics major and junior at Colgate University who started his own emerging music startup, indify, while in college.
“indify is a data platform that helps professionals in the music industry discover emerging, unsigned musicians using a proprietary algorithm. By creating this platform, we hope to provide music companies with the ability to monitor and analyze data relevant to unsigned artist popularity,” says Raffi.
After completing GA’s week-long course in partnership with Colgate University, Raffi was able to secure $25,000 in grant funding for his company after going on to pitch to executives from Warby Parker, Rent The Runway and Buzzfeed. He left the program with a better understanding of how to create a successful business and the importance of collaboration.
You’ll earn some credit, too
GA’s Tech Intensive includes 35 hours of instruction and students may be awarded up to 2 college credits, dependent upon your university’s requirements. Program tuition includes housing and most meals, making sure you’re comfortable while busy learning new skills and meeting some awesome people in the industry. Those who are freshmen through seniors are eligible for the program, as long as you have a minimum GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale.
the next steps are yours to take
If you fall into the category of dreamer, thinker, enthusiast or innovator, consider giving GA’s Tech Intensive a shot. I would’ve never thought that a social media workshop would lead me to so many networking and learning opportunities, but GA has made that possible. By the end of this week-long experience, you’ll not only have some great stories to tell all your friends when you get back, but you’ll be inspired for the next big challenge and filled with more knowledge than you thought possible.