Get a leg up on your career alongside the most talented high school and undergraduate students in the world via Horizons School of Technology's highly selective and rigorous program designed for future technology leaders.
Horizons Immersive: Learn To Code & Intern In Silicon Valley
Horizons is not just a School of Technology. We are a group of entrepreneurs (Y-Combinator, DreamIt Ventures, Wharton) and former engineers in technology (Khan Academy, Salesforce, NerdWallet) and investors (investors in SpaceX, Reddit, Built Robotics and 100+ more tech companies) who are passionate about bridging the gap between traditional education and the tech world. We are looking for talented high schoolers to join our community.
The Horizons Internship Experience supports outstanding high school students on a unique learning experience in San Francisco, in their pursuit to become leaders in technology. Our programs provide immersive software engineering and web/mobile development courses geared towards high-achieving high school students, and then we pair them with growing startups and companies to begin applying their skills. The program is for 7 weeks over summer 2018 and students need not have programming experience to apply!
Horizons students have gone on to receive offers from firms such as Google, Slack, Yelp, Amazon, BCG, Visa, J.P. Morgan, and more.
Past Horizonites have come from a variety of schools and backgrounds. Applicants have attended Harvard, Princeton, Yale, UPenn/Wharton, Columbia, Northwestern, Brown, Michigan and more.
A Day at Horizons
- Lecture: In the mornings learn how to build innovative web and mobile apps from former engineers at Palantir, Khan Academy, Salesforce.
- Programming Assignments: In the afternoons learn by doing. Build projects like Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, KickStarter, and Trello based on what you learn in lecture. Work with top undergraduates.
- Speakers and Mentors: In the evenings hear from experts like Jake Paul (Vine superstar), Cory Levy (creator of AfterSchool), Matt Cohler (Employee #5 at Facebook) and 20+ speakers and mentors how to build innovative products.
- Make Life-long Friends: Every day get a leg up on your college applications and early careers by hanging out with top undergraduates from around the world. Go out to lunch and exclusive tech events in San Francisco.
- Submission of an online application
- For our general, tuition-based program our acceptance rate is <2.5%
- We seek students who can integrate seamlessly into a college-level program. We are impressed by strong logic and reasoning ability as well as high social maturity and interest in technology.
- Scholarships are awarded on a merit-based basis
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In less than three months, I've undergone an intellectual transformation that has given me the confidence I need to enter the professional world and trust that I have the skills to make a difference. Horizons delivered that.
My excuse for not building was that my mind doesn't work in the engineering way, I'm going to be on the business side of things. Horizons changed that. Horizons taught me your mind works the way you train it to. And there's no better training ground than Horizons.
Horizons was no doubt the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life. I can't imagine any summer internship being more valuable than a summer at Horizons!
Horizons allowed me to bridge the gap between studying Computer Science and becoming a Software Engineer. The lessons I learned in my time at Horizons can not be attained in a traditional academic environment. In just 12 weeks, I learned how to build scalable applications and released a social media platform to the Android and iOS app stores.
Horizons turned my naive thoughts about wanting to someday run a startup into an actionable plan on how I will go about doing so. I've never been around this many people with such huge dreams, genuine curiosity, and ridiculous work ethics. I'm so grateful I was a part of this.
Horizons is more than just a coding bootcamp. Horizons is an opportunity to meet and talk to people from diverse backgrounds and connect over similar interests. Horizons teaches you how to hustle for what you want and never settle for less. It was a lot of work, but it was worth it. I'm not only a better programmer because of it, but also a better person.
Attending Horizons has been by far one of the best decisions I’ve made in high school. I went through the program the summer before my senior year, and I still wish I had done it earlier. Learning to code is just the tip of the iceberg. At Horizons, I have learned so much from the community and world-famous speakers. The hackathons push to do what you never thought you could. The daily exercises challenge you the same way a real job would. And the community might be the most supportive, innovative and motivated group of individuals out there. I can honestly say I’ve met some of the most amazing and inspiring people here. Everyone here is so motivated and driven to learn, but are always down to have a good time. I still keep in touch with many Horizonites. A few of us are managing our own start-up together. When first coming to Horizons, I was completely new to Computer Science. I had never coded before in my life and wasn’t quite sure what it was all about. I came fired up and determined to build a prototype for my start-up, except I had no clue where to even start. I have to credit everything to the instructors and the community. The instructors are brilliant, humble, and selfless human beings and could not be more invested in the success of their students. They were always committed to work with me through the most challenging adjustments and problems, even willing to work late into the night. The Horizons curriculum is unlike anything else. The material I learned in 7 weeks is more valuable than 4 years of a Computer Science degree. Not only is the material extremely practical and applicable, but it is taught extremely well. It’s fast paced but if you have the determination, you can absolutely do it.
Horizons taught me how to learn. Whether it was the instructors, my peers, or from the surrounding community, I was always learning about tech, how to create impact, and the future. At the end of the day, you not only would have learned how to code, but how to effectively build something that will change someone's life, how we live, and love every step of the way.
Horizons was undoubtedly the most formative experience of my life. Not only did I learn how to code (I had almost no experience beforehand, and no experience with web dev), I more importantly learned HOW to learn. After feeling lost from a year of college where I didn't feel like I could get the practical experience I needed, Horizons gave me the confidence that I can build anything I set my mind to and succeed in engineering. I met incredible, like-minded people here and my outlook on my direction throughout and post-college has completely changed for the better. Horizons is a must-do for anyone who wants to lifehack their professional and personal selves.
As a CS Major I wasn't sure if spending a summer at Horizons would be as valuable as finding a traditional internship at a tech company, but I'm so glad I chose to attend Horizons! Besides the great friendships I made with super impressive students from all over the world, I walked out of the program feeling confident in my abilities as a web developer and inspired from all the speakers Horizons brought in to use my skills to launch a new club at my school! When I tell my other CS friends about my summer they're jealous about how much I learned and the experiences I got to have in San Francisco meeting upcoming entrepreneurs as well as going to networking events hosted at big tech companies like Google, Twitter, Airbnb, Uber, etc.
Horizons gave me more than just the skills to build things I never dreamed I could. It gave me the chance to learn from some of the smartest people in the country, and friendships that will last a lifetime.
Horizons is more than just a program to learn how to code. It unlocks your potential to utilize the power of technology in changing the world! I'm so glad I spent my summer here, learning from others and discovering new ways technology can bring about social good.