Cracking the Code to Entrepreneurship
Summer is here, and that can only mean one thing: camp.
But this summer camp has nothing to do with lanyards or kayaking — it’s about code. This summer, Conor Courtney ’20 is attending Horizons School of Technology in San Francisco, Calif. The three-month intensive software engineering boot camp helps students learn to code, build modern web software, and land top jobs and internships. Courtney's attendance at the camp is supported by the Summer Internship Support Fund.
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Litchfield, Conn.
Litchfield High School
For the rest of the program, Courtney and the other participants split up into teams to work on individual projects. Alongside classes and project work, students are encouraged to look toward their future careers with guest talks from successful entrepreneurs and leaders in the field, including YouTube star Jake Paul.
While the program is fast-paced and intense—Courtney sometimes works up to 12 hours a day — he appreciates the hands-on approach to software development. “The computer science classes for my major are more theoretical,” he said. “In this program, you’re encouraged to use anything and everything you can find, so you have a lot more freedom in what you can do with the code. It’s all about getting exposure to all aspects of the process.
Hamilton offers summer internship funding sources that provide important ways to explore careers.
Although Courtney isn’t sure where he plans to take his career in software development, he says that this program opened his eyes to the possibilities of entrepreneurship. “I like the idea of being able to make anything I can think of. I’d like to be at a point by the end of the program where I can think of an idea and immediately work on an app or website that implements that idea.”