Founded in 2020 by two University of Chicago students, Estelle and Lauren, StandOut Search started out working with top public schools in New York, such as Rye High School, to match their students with internships. However, throughout the pandemic, they soon realized that Illinois high school students had a much greater need for career-development opportunities and fewer resources to find them. Thus, they turned back West, partnering with their alma mater to bring StandOut Search to Illinois.
To date, they have worked with over 200 companies and organizations, and completed over 100 successful internship matches. 80% of participating students have reported that they better understand their career goals after completing a StandOut internship. They have learned everything from investor recruiting to software development skills, and effectively managing their time.
As for our partner companies and organizations, 90% have invited students to continue working with them past the originally intended internship length. StandOut interns have helped them with projects ranging from researching cryptocurrency, to creating student ambassador programs.