Hack Reactor and Mission Bit Announce New Coding Internships for San Francisco High School Students

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. June 3, 2014 Hack Reactor, the immersive JavaScript-focused coding academy, has teamed up with non-profit Mission Bit to provide June internships for high school students in the San Francisco area. The program provides training and mentors for students interested in computer science and coding.

"Hack Reactor strongly supports the Mission Bit goal of empowering students with technical skills so they can contribute and lead in today's world,” said Anthony Phillips, Hack Reactor cofounder, CEO. “We're excited to further that goal with a hands-on program. And because Hack Reactor sits in the heart of San Francisco, we're particularly excited about the San Francisco public school student focus of this program."

This new internship runs from June 2nd – June 27th.  Three San Francisco public high school students from Mission Bit’s spring semester classes were awarded the internships at Hack Reactor. Interest is the only prerequisite for Mission Bit’s semester based classes, but the internships were awarded to students who demonstrated an ability to learn quickly, assimilate and creatively apply new knowledge, and who had the motivation to create real things aligned with their passion and interests. Mission Bit students are recruited through program partner Youth Art Exchange and in collaboration with San Francisco Unified School District teachers, administrators and principals.

“This partnership falls in line with our goal of empowering students with the skills and confidence they will need as they leave high school and embark on their chosen career path,” said Tyson Daugherty, Mission Bit founder and internship liaison. “Coding skills and an understanding of computer science principles are valuable assets for students. Partnering with Hack Reactor gives students an opportunity to continuing working with and learning from tech industry professionals.”

The four-week Hack Reactor internship allows three students to work on real projects such as creating a Health Initiative Leader Board or HR Social Media Conglomerator with mentors who are Hack Reactor instructors. Hack Reactor’s current instructors have backgrounds working with technology leaders and start-ups such as Twitter and Google. Interns will participate in Hack Reactor lesson modules — learning the latest JavaScript/Firebase tools and developing real world applications. The interns will also have non-tech mentors to guide them on broad skill development, including professional skills, accountability and autonomy.

The selected interns are eager to get started with the hands-on program.  “I’m incredibly excited for the Hack Reactor internship and look forward to working with so many driven individuals who are interested in computer science, my desired field of study.  I couldn’t think of any better way to begin my summer before college. I can’t wait to get started,” Isaac Zimmern, a graduating senior from Lowell High School.

About Mission Bit
Mission Bit is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that offers free programming classes to public high and middle school students. Mission Bit aims to empower students with the skills and confidence to build software that is aligned with students' passions and provide a pipeline for students to explore technology professional opportunities aligned with their interests.  Students learn by working directly with professional engineers and tech entrepreneurs who volunteer to teach the classes. Mission Bit maintains a 5-1 student to teacher ratio and leverages project-based learning methodology. Mission Bit is focused on serving low income students and creating gender and ethnic diversity in its classes. For more information, visit

About Hack Reactor

Hack Reactor’s mission is two-fold: to empower people and to transform education through rapid-iteration teaching. Hack Reactor designs and conducts advanced immersion education programs that train students 11 hours per day, 6 days a week, over 12 weeks. Our curriculum cultivates mastery of computer science fundamentals and the JavaScript programming language. The Hack Reactor network of technology schools educates more software engineers every year than Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley and the California Institute of Technology, combined. Hack Reactor maintains a 99% employment rate and a median graduate salary of $110,000. Alumni work in a variety of mid- to senior-level engineering roles at industry leaders like Google, Adobe, LinkedIn, Uber and Amazon, as well as at several growing technology companies. For more information, visit:

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