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i.c.stars offers a unique four-month bootcamp that prepares promising adults for technology careers through advanced technical and leadership skills training.

Our alums earn more money, continue to increase expertise in information technology-based platforms and join a supportive network that provides the resources necessary to help make the changes they seek in their own lives and in their community.

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The program begins with a 16-week project-based internship at i.c.stars’ learning studio, and continues with a 20-month residency program (individualized, and meant to accompany a graduate in their new career) combining professional development, mentoring and continuing access to wrap around support.

With more than 300 learning objectives and 1,000 hours of hands-on practical business experience, interns gain expertise in both ‘hard skills’ and ‘soft skills’, and experience working with industry partners.

The projects incorporate a leadership focus and lectures designed to build emotional intelligence and a reflective awareness of social contexts. Participants develop three primary competencies—gift giving and receiving, communication, and meta-cognition—that will enable them to be more effective in serving their communities, clients and employers.

The basics

  • The training begins with an intensive, 16-week paid internship, and continues with 20 months of individualized support
  • Project-based learning builds leadership skills and emotional intelligence
  • 24 prior learning credit hours with a higher education institution partner
  • Core technical skills training in Javascript, HTML, CSS, C#, and SQL
  • Relationship building with technology and business executives, and community leaders


The growing network of i.c.stars alumni is a powerful group of community leaders that advocate for social justice in our communities. Our graduates have moved into leadership roles, launched for profit and social enterprises, adapted communications for diverse audiences using social media tools, developed a knowledge of programming and database development, built financial models, and regularly act as agents of change through public speaking engagements.

I feel as though the biggest impact i.c.stars has made was giving me the opportunity to build a network with so many executives  from the local Milwaukee area and the opportunity to build an app with a team.

James Thao, Milwaukee Cycle 1 Resident

Being a team player is one of the top skills I gained from i.c.stars that has helped me here [at AON]…i.c.stars helped me find my people.

Dionne Woods, Technology Apprentice, AON


i.c.stars receives up to 200 candidates for every internship training cycle and accepts 20 participants, making the selection process one of our toughest challenges.

The application begins with an information session

You may apply any time, but your application will be considered once you attend an information session, held regularly our offices. Applicants take part in an extensive, multi-hour assessment involving screening interviews and problem-solving skills.

Our selection process is designed to help us understand candidates’ ability to overcome adversity, curiosity and interest in technology,  tenacity and their potential for leadership.


  • GED recipient or High School graduate
  • 6 months (780 hours) prior full-time work experience
  • This is a needs based program, so you must qualify according to our income guidelines
  • Availability from 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Monday–Friday for four consecutive months
  • Ability to uphold and honor an “On Time, No Absences” policy
  • Ability to commute daily to i.c.stars office
  • Motivated to drive social change
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If you are interested in signing up for an orientation to learn more about the i.c.stars training program, apply now!

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