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TechOlympics 2021 and Summer Tech Internships

INTERalliance announces TechOlympics 2021: Illuminate, with some exciting changes coming to the annual event. The region’s premier high school technology conference, usually held as a two-day event in late February, will now span from February 2ndto February 28th.

Although in past years hosted in downtown Cincinnati, TechOlympics 2021: Illuminate will be held completely virtual. Software Development, Cybersecurity, ArtTech, and Data/Machine Learning will be the featured weekly themes. Alongside special sessions on each subject, at the conclusion of each week, there will be an exciting competition for students to show off their new skills and compete for fun prizes. Other 2021 highlights include a Cybersecurity Keynote from FIS, TechOlympics’s 2021 presenting sponsor, a session on intern readiness titled: Don't Spit in the Wind: An Intern Survival Guide, Game Design, and GitHub training sessions. Students will also participate in contests like Wiki Races and Speed Texting, join Mock Interviews, hear from trailblazing industry experts, and much more.

During the event, leading Cincinnati companies including FIS, Kroger Technology, Western & Southern, Fifth Third, Great American, and more will meet with students during select hours to provide networking opportunities, insight on the technology industry, and to showcase the growth and opportunity right at home in Cincinnati. Throughout it all, students will be able to meet like-minded peers from all over the tri-state.

Heather Ackels leads TechOlympics as the Executive Director of the INTERalliance of Greater Cincinnati. A non-profit, INTERalliance’s mission is to inspire and assist young talent to pursue an IT career in Greater Cincinnati, and its vision is to dramatically grow and diversify the IT talent pipeline by designing and delivering innovative technology programs, in partnership with businesses, high schools, and universities. INTERalliance hopes to better the chances of IT job placements for every student, no matter their current technology experience.

Because the event is fully virtual, the cost to attend TechOlympics is $40 and will cover the entire event from February 2nd-28th. The registration deadline is January 15th, 2021. To register, please The event is designed for high school students, but special exceptions will be made for younger students with the approval of the Executive Director. To ensure that students can attend school and other activities with minimal impact, the event will be hosted during the evening and weekends.

Scholarships are available based on financial need. To apply for a need-based scholarship, complete form. For more information about TechOlympics 2021: Illuminate, visitwww.techolympics.orgor

The INTERalliance of Greater Cincinnati has officially kicked off the 2020 Intern Program! This program, open to current High School Junior and Seniors, places students into meaningful, paid Technology internships in some of the region’s most influential companies. Since the program’s creation in 2008, nearly 500 interns have been placed into roles varying between software development, cybersecurity, and business analytics. The Summer internships last 8-10 weeks and allow students to earn between $3,000 and $5,000.

INTERalliance is offering two Intern Open House Sessions for students and parents to learn more about the program. These sessions held on January 26th and 28th are both virtual and will review the requirements of the Internships as well as provide students the opportunity to meet with representatives from companies such as Kroger Technology, Great American Insurance Group, P&G, Western & Southern Financial Group, and Vora Ventures. New student requirements will also be discussed during these sessions.

For companies who are interested in getting engaged or learning more, a separate session is being offered on January 19th.

To find additional information and to register, visit

About the INTERalliance of Greater Cincinnati: The mission of the INTERalliance is to inspire and assist young talent to pursue an IT career in Greater Cincinnati. More information can be found at

Member companies of the INTERalliance include The Kroger Co., Procter & Gamble, Great American Insurance, FIS, GE, Vora Technologies, Fifth Third Bank, Western & Southern Financial Group, among many others.

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