New innovations—spanning fields as diverse as agriculture, biotechnology, engineering, green energy, and healthcare—have the potential to transform human society and the global economy. These emerging technologies present unprecedented possibilities for scientific discovery, commercial ventures, and social impact.
Prototype for Success prepares students to get involved in this process and explore the many exciting career paths at the intersection of entrepreneurship and emerging technologies, including engineering, product design, and research and development.
Only the University of Chicago offers this unique opportunity for students to join an immersive, two-year program where they receive invaluable support and insights from leading industry professionals, successful entrepreneurs, and experts at Career Advancement, the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering.
All rising first-year students are eligible to apply for Prototype for Success, including those from groups that have historically been underrepresented in engineering and entrepreneurship.
Congratulations to the Class of 2025 Cohort: 100% secured summer plans in Year 1!
PREPARING STUDENTS FOR CAREERS OF THE FUTURE
Prototype for Success provides two years of career preparation programming, empowering students to drive new innovations based on cutting-edge scientific and engineering discoveries. Participants complete an immersive curriculum that includes funded internships and research experiences, technical skill trainings, and workshops on technology commercialization and launching a new venture.
In addition to expert support from program staff, all Prototype for Success participants will meet with upper-division student mentors, where they can informally discuss career planning, networking internships, and more.
WHAT STUDENTS CAN EXPECT
- Access to connect with Executive Advisers for career insights and professional development
- Networking opportunities and speaker events with experts and employers from R&D, technology, and startups
- Workshop series on Mastering the Fundamentals, focusing on the intersection of business and science by exploring STEM entrepreneurship
- Fabrication Lab, introducing students to design thinking principals as they work in teams to prototype and pitch a product that solves a problem
- Workshops to help students build greater understanding around Intellectual Property and innovation
- Technical and soft skill development in public speaking, project management, and business proposal writing
- Funded career exploration opportunities
- Real-world industry-relevant immersion project and presentation
Applications for the Prototype for Success Program for the Class of 2027 are closed. Check back for more information about the Class of 2028 application!
Get Inspired - Student Stories
Bella Alfaro, Class of 2025
- Major: Business Economics, Spanish
- Summer Business Analyst, McKinsey & Co.
- Business Development Intern, ACALL
"Prototype for Success has played an integral role in my academic and personal growth here at UChicago. I will be able to carry the skills I learned through Protype to my upcoming internship as a management consultant and beyond. I am so grateful for what this program has taught me!"
Gia Fisher, Class of 2025
- Major: Cognitive Science (Pre-Medical Track)
- Undergraduate Research Fellow, Marine Biological Laboratory
- Undergraduate Neuroscience Researcher, UChicago Medicine
"The Prototype for Success program has been such a great community to be a part of, learning with my cohort and having Matt’s support for finding internships. The guest speaker events were invaluable in showing me all the different pathways in STEM, especially in medical technology. Lastly, the projects were a great way to problem solve as a team and practice presentations in a business setting."
Blake Harris, Class of 2025
- Major: Molecular Engineering (Chemical Track)
- Summer Intern, Boston Consulting Group
- Lab Assistant, Pacific EcoRisk
"Prototype for Success has helped me gain appreciation and curiosity for the business side of the STEM world, which is why I’m doing a consulting internship this summer. "
Anqi Qu, Class of 2025
- Major: Economics (Data Science Specialization)
- Research Assistant, Sigma Research Lab
- Technical Structuring Intern, Rand Merchant Bank
"Having the opportunity to be a part of Prototype for Success has taught me the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and given me hands-on prototyping experience. But more than that, I have met some of the smartest and most talented people through PFS, whom I am excited to see go on to create lasting positive impact in our world."
For more information about Prototype for Success, please review the FAQ or contact Brittany Wisniewski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the support of top tech and business firms, national laboratories, and intrepid entrepreneurs, Prototype for Success facilitates pivotal career and industry exploration opportunities for our students.
Thank you to our current Employer Partners for providing incredible mentorship and career exploration opportunities in healthcare pharmaceuticals, research and development, finance, consulting, venture capital, climate innovation, biotechnology, quantum, and artificial intelligence!
- Liberty Mutual Insurance
- RMB Capital
- Argonne National Laboratory
- LA Cleantech Incubator
Career Advancement invites employers to connect with Prototype for Success through a gamut of enriching ways, including internships and research opportunities, career treks, job shadowing, participation as an industry speaker or mentor, and other signature events. To become an Employer Partner with Prototype for Success, please contact Will Lutterman at email@example.com for more information.
THANK YOU TO OUR COMMITTEE!
Juan de Pablo
Executive Vice President for Science, Innovation, National Laboratories, and Global Initiatives
Liew Family Professor in Molecular Engineering
Senior Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory
Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Associate Vice President and Head of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Executive Director of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Associate Director of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering
Brady W. Dougan Professor of Molecular Engineering
Vice Dean for Education and Outreach
Senior Instructional Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies
Alumni Relations & Development
Assistant Vice President, Sciences and Organizations
Associate Dean of the College and Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Development
Associate Vice President, Enrollment & Student Advancement
Executive Director, Career Advancement
Program Director, Careers in Engineering and Financial Markets