The ultimate tech internship experience.

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What is Xtern?

The Ultimate Internship Experience (in person and virtually)

There is more to your life than school, and there should be more to your internship than work. Xtern is the whole package. Through Xtern you’ll get to work alongside industry leaders at Indy’s fastest-growing tech companies, make friends with more than 100 other Xterns from around the country, and experience why Indy is such an awesome place to live, work, and play!

We will introduce you to people in a variety of industries and professions who help make Indy the vibrant and growing city it is, and you will learn how you can get involved and leave your mark!

If the world of tech is where you see yourself, then Xtern is THE program for you. In 2020 BEFORE Xtern 36% of students felt prepared to work in a full-time role in tech and AFTERWARDS that number jumped to 91% feeling prepared to work full-time in the tech industry!

"Xtern Day Showcases Next Wave of Tech Talent" – Inside INdiana Business

“I loved being an Xtern. I was nervous about it in the beginning because it seemed a bit too good to be true , but I had such a great time and I learned so much. Thank you so much for all of the time and effort put into this program, I loved every minute of it.”

Allison Hartman, Upperhand

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Full-Time Paid Internship With Indy-Area Tech Company

The Xtern program places you with a high-growth tech company for a 10-week, 9-to-5, paid internship over the summer. Xtern finalists will interview with three-to-five tech companies for their internship virtually on November 12th & 13th, 2020.

A Chance To Grow As A Professional

Not only is Xtern an opportunity to exercise the skills you have learned in your studies, it is an opportunity to gain work experience, to learn from your fellow Xterns, and to hear from and connect with industry leaders.

An Opportunity To Learn How You Can Give Back

Through the Xtern program, you will get the opportunity to learn about work being done to build equity, to bridge knowledge gaps, and to create a more vibrant community in Indy for everyone! Better yet, you will have the opportunity to get actively involved in this work through civic engagement events.

Live In Downtown Indy*

Xtern gives you a chance to live for free Indiana’s capital city and find out all that Indy has to offer as a place to live, work, and play! Live together with other Xterns and explore the city together. While it is our hope and intention to hold the 2021 Xtern program in-person, we take the health and safety of all Xterns, and our staff, as the highest priority. Depending on the state of the global COVID-19 pandemic the downtown Indy housing may or may not be possible.

Application Timeline


Submit Your Application

Resumes reviewed based on campus and classroom involvement and professional work experience, and alignment to Xtern program values. Application Deadline: Monday, October 12th, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Work Sample Assessment

Invited applicants participate in a work sample assessment inspired, guided, and critiqued by industry professionals in corresponding areas of tech- and business-skilled roles.

Committee Reviews

Applicants that complete the work sample assessment are reviewed by a Selection Committee made up of university faculty and industry professionals.

Company Reviews

Applicant scores and resumes are sent to companies for application review and interview preferencing.

Official Finalist Day Invitation

Xtern Finalists receive their official invitation to join us in Indianapolis to interview with Indy’s top companies. Deadline to accept is Sunday, November 8th, at 11:59 p.m. EST

Finalist Day

Applicants and companies participate in a full day of interviews before ranking their preferences. The TechPointX team makes matches and announces matches to the companies at the end of the day. Xtern Finalists will hear from the TechPointX Team by the end of the following week regarding their Finalist Day offer. Remote Fall Finalist Day will take place over Thursday, November 12th, and Friday, November 13th, from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. EST on both days.

Offer and Acceptance

Companies send official offer letters with details about salary, start dates, and expectations. Xterns review offers and accept or decline by the first week of December. Xterns must inform both companies and the TechPointX team. Students who are matched at Finalist Day will receive their official company offer by Wednesday, November 25th.

Diversity Goals and Results


  • 2,000 applications overall
  • 40% women
  • 13% African American
  • 10% Latino
  • 50% POC

TechPoint is dedicated to not only fostering the tech ecosystem in Indiana but in a greater sense, we are dedicated to fostering inclusivity and regional prosperity through equity. That is why we are sharing our diversity goals for our pool of applicants for the 2021 Xtern Class, with an aim of half of all applicants being persons of color, 10 percent being Latinx, 13 percent being African American, and 40 percent being women. Read more on TechPoint’s plans to promote equity here.

2020 Xtern Employers


Access highly-skilled tech talent through our college recruitment engine.

The TechPointX team will visit up to 30 campuses in the region and beyond to recruit the next generation of tech builders. Indy tech companies can rest assured that our Xterns are more than qualified.

Students live on IUPUI campus together and share their experiences working for your company with their peers. It’s a built-in marketing opportunity to help get your brand name to current Xterns and their friends as they go back to school and rave about what they did for you.

We take care of their after-hours, offer housing, and provide professional development and social activities that create the best summer internship experience.

Become a host company

“Our company had one Xtern each of the last two years and plans to have two next year. The talent level of our first Xtern, an Ohio State University student, was nothing short of remarkable. To be honest, I wasn’t even aware this level of talent existed at the intern level. He was assisting to train and mentor the rest of our intern class. That intern recently became a full-time hire.” Eric Sendelbach, CTO @ MOBI

How it works

Employer Recruitment

Companies can reach out to the TechPointX team, and we will reach out to companies to gauge interest and opportunity.

Company Commitment

Confirm attendance at Xtern Finalist Day and share details of hiring plans with the TechPointX team. Xtern applications are being reviewed by our team as well as university professors and industry professionals during this time.

Xtern Finalist Review

Companies review resumes, work sample assessments, and application information for all Xtern finalists to determine their lists of preferred candidates.

Schedule Determined

Companies submit their interview preferences. TechPointX team creates the schedule for Xtern Finalist Day.

Finalist Day

Applicants and companies participate in a full day of interviews before ranking their preferences. The TechPointX team makes matches and announces offers at the end of the day.

Offer and Acceptance

Companies send official offer letters with details about salary, start dates, and expectations. Xterns review offers and accept or decline by December 2. Xterns must inform both companies and the TechPointX team.

Ongoing Matching

Companies receive continued support and matching if needed. TechPointX continues to communicate with the class of 2020 Xterns to ensure retention. Companies are encouraged to occasionally reach out to help Xterns prepare for the summer.

Xterns Arrive

Xterns arrive in Indy on May 27, 2020 and work for your company for the next 10 weeks.