The Tinker Program


The Tinker program is an opportunity for Northwestern students to explore The Garage, and our resources, at their own pace.

The Tinker Program is for current, full-time, degree seeking Northwestern students who are working on an innovation project. Most Tinkerers are in the ideation phase and are working towards Residency. The Tinker Program application is open all year, with students admitted on an ongoing basis. Students will maintain Tinker status for the remainder of the academic year. Students who wish to stay in The Tinker Program must reapply each year. 

Applications for the 2020-21 academic year open on September 1, 2020 at 9:00 AM CT. Click here to view the application.

Tinkerers get access to The Garage during staffed hours and are encouraged to work from The Cafe or an empty classroom. Tinkerers will get an invitation to at least two Family Dinners and two Tinkerer-only meet ups per quarter, an invitation to pitch at The Garage’s quarterly Startup Matchmaking event, access to The Makerspace during staffed hours, a weekly newsletter, and priority for Office Hours and events hosted at The Garage. Tinkerers do not get a dedicated desk.

Community

Tinkerers receive an invitation to at at least two Family Dinners and two Tinkerer-only meet ups per quarter.

Mentorship

Tinkerers are given priority for Office Hours with peers, alumni, and EIRs.

Resources

Tinkerers are encouraged to work from The Cafe and given access to The Makerspace during staffed hours.

Apply:

(open to full-time, degree seeking Northwestern students only)

Annual applications open on September 1, 2020 at 9:00 AM CT
and close on May 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM CT.

Questions?

Email us at thegarage@northwestern.edu