Center for Career Exploration

Technology and Tech Ventures

Nearly 15% of Brown graduates pursue employment in the field of technology each year.

Employers in virtually every sector hire for technology or technology-adjacent positions and generally value proficiency with data science, programming and technology systems. Consider exploring employment opportunities in areas that require significant technology skills, such as quantitative finance, data journalism, education learning systems and others. Recent graduates have secured opportunities at well-known social media companies, startup app developers, cloud computing organizations and user experience (UX) design firms.

Because technology companies often begin as startup ventures, some Brown students interested in technology careers choose to join early-, middle- or late-stage technology ventures, or to simply start their own ventures. Startup founders need to be good at telling their story and making connections with advisors, colleagues and funders. The Brown Center for Career Exploration can support you in these areas and help you figure out if a technology venture is the right fit for you. 

You can also visit the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship to learn more about the entrepreneurial process and understand what it means to join or start your own venture.

Searching for jobs and internships in tech

Although recruiting for this industry can vary by organization, the majority of employers who hire for these roles have a few things in common:

  • They start the recruiting process early. Tech companies visit campus often via career fairs and on-campus recruiting events and can be aggressive in their recruiting timelines. Many organizations begin recruiting in your sophomore year (summer and fall semester for spring internships and spring for your junior year summer). It is important to have your application materials (resume, cover letters, etc.) ready for this early recruitment process.
  • Recruiters post positions and events in Handshake. Many tech recruiters will message students directly. Make sure you update your profile and follow key employers to stay up-to-date on events and opportunities.
  • Employers often directly connect with the Computer Science (CS) Department. In addition to partnering with the Brown Center for Career Exploration, many technology employers work directly with the CS Department to host information sessions, hackathons and interactive forums. Follow the CS Department blog to learn about upcoming events and programs.

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