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Our Spring 2022 applications are now live and due on Thursday, January 20th at 11:59pm EST!



General Info Session

Tuesday January 18th, 8pm EST
Interested in learning more about Penn Spark? We are hosting a virtual General Info Meeting on Tuesday, January 18th at 8pm EST. Join us to learn more about what we do and get your questions answered about our application process!

Why Join?

Gain Experience

Members gain a range of technical and interpersonal experience through project development on teams. Blue members learn and apply our tech stack of Figma (for designers), or HTML/CSS, React.js, and Django (for developers), while Red members deepen their current skillset through building more technically rigorous projects. We take students from all majors and experience levels, and highly encourage anyone with a curiosity for tech and/or design to apply!

Join Our Community

Outside of work, our organization has a strong emphasis on community. This upcoming semester, we’re planning on doing our first club-wide retreat 👀, intra-club mixers, food runs, study sessions, BYO/karaoke, and general member hangouts.

Pursue Professional Growth

In addition to project development, our organization encourages the professional growth of our members. Spark hosts a mentorship program between upperclassmen and underclassmen, workshops on resume writing and recruiting, and a referral network. Our current and previous members have gone on to work at a range of companies within the technology, financial, and government industries, including companies like Facebook, Amazon, and Robinhood.

FAQ

01. Do I need to be interested in both tech & design to join?

Nope! As long as you're curious about one of the fields, we welcome you to apply. We don't expect developers to design or desginers to develop, although the option is open if you're interested in both!

02. Which track should I apply for: Blue or Red?

For Developers: If you have CIS120/equivalent experience, familiarity with web development frameworks (or can pick up new frameworks fairly easily), and/or previous software engineering internship experience, we recommend applying for Red. If you're new to coding or web development in general, we recommend applying for Blue. Feel free to apply for both if you're unsure which one suits you better!

For Designers: If you have experience with Figma/Adobe Suite, a design portfolio, and/or previous design internship experience, we recommend applying for Red. If you're new to design or looking to build up your fundamentals, we recommend applying for Blue. Feel free to apply for both if you're unsure which one suits you better!

03. What makes a strong applicant?

While there's no cookie-cutter answer, we generally look for curiosity in tech and/or design, a love for learning, community-fit, and demonstrated interest in our org.