Technology Leadership Summer Institute


June 21 - July 30
Six Week Online Program



The Easton Technology Management Center at the UCLA Anderson School of Management presents an innovative summer program to students interested in high-tech, finance, healthcare, entertainment/media, manufacturing, and others, where technology plays a key role in everyday business functioning.

This 6-week intensive program explores the many vital areas of technology leadership including innovation, disruption, and data science.

All students will work on team-based projects, analyze case studies to learn about real life business trends and issues, and analyze and visualize data through hands-on exercises on Tableau. Students will also gain exposure to tech driven companies through company visits, speaker series, and panels.

The program is open to all majors.

All students will take a course on Technology Leadership, and a course on Artificial Intelligence / Big Data

In this course you will learn the skills needed to become a successful leader of digital technology. Everyone is aware that social media, big data, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of things are changing our world. While this digital technology is properly a matter of concern for consumers, businesses, and society, it also affords countless opportunities for enterprises and individuals to develop new services and products, improve existing practices and processes, and open new totally new markets, jobs, and careers. The focus of this course is on exploring “best practices” from successful corporations and enterprises to identifying and exploiting opportunities in digital technology businesses in the future.

In today's business world, data is one of the most vital assets of any organization or business, and knowing how to manage, analyze, and glean insights from data sets is essential to making forward-looking and effective decisions. As a result, databases in which data is quality, protected, yet easily accessible and understandable have become the core of companies' intellectual infrastructures. Similarly, data is essential to the functioning of artificial intelligence and machine learning. This course will provide a practical foundation in data science and artificial intelligence through the lens of industry examples. Students, both technical and non-technical, will gain a better general understanding of the facets of AI, its business applications today and in the future, its ethical and societal impacts, and how both data science and AI can be applied to students' future careers. In this course you will learn how to design a database and model the business. Using native programming language of database (SQL) to interact with database, access data and manipulate them. Also you will understand what is BI and data visualization by working with one the popular software called Tableau. Then you will learn about different aspects of AI and how companies using AI these days.

What the program offers:

  • Team-based projects where students will work in teams under the guidance of the instructor for comprehensive feedback
  • Speaker Series with high-profile industry leaders and professionals from companies such as Google, Snap, Microsoft, Disney and more.
  • Networking Opportunities with industry professionals and graduate students.
  • Panels with current MBA students for an insight of their experiences in business school and career goals.
  • Courses taught using up-to-date case studies from Harvard Business School to discuss all the current issues in the market.

Program Eligibility

To participate in the Technology Leadership Summer Institute, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Currently have a high school diploma (or equivalent)

Students who do not meet the minimum program requirements should not register and should consider other summer opportunities.

How to Register

Registration for the Technology Leadership Summer Institute can be done conveniently online using the steps below.

  1. Access the Summer Institute Online Registration Form here. Read all terms and conditions, then scroll to the bottom and "Continue to Registration".
  2. Complete the first page of the online registration form by answering all mandatory questions, then, select “Continue” at the end of the first page.
  3. Provide responses to all questions on the second page of the online registration form, then “Submit”.
  4. Once your form is submitted, you will be redirected to the retrieve registration page, where you can select "Pay Now" to proceed with payment of the non-refundable registration fee ($150 for UCLA and UC students, $350 for Non-UC students). Continue with the payment instructions to reserve your space in the program.

A space in the program is not reserved for you until valid payment of the non-refundable registration fee* is completed. Those who are not prepared to pay after program acceptance can submit their registration form, log out, and retrieve registration at another time to make payment, however you risk losing a space in the program if program reaches capacity prior to the ability to pay. An email with instructions to retrieve registration will be sent within an hour of submitting your registration.

This fee is not refundable under any circumstances including, but not limited to, drop for non-payment and withdrawal, even if you withdraw from the program before it begins.

If the program is full, you will not be prompted to make payment. When your application is accepted from the wait list, you will be notified by email with instructions for methods of payment.

If registering after May 1, full payment of all fees including the non-refundable registration fee but excluding any applicable document and IEI fees is required to reserve your space in the program.

How to Make Registration Changes
Already submitted the online registration form but need to make a change or finish your registration? You can easily do so by retrieving your registration. To retrieve registration, please complete the steps below:

  1. Access the Summer Institute Retrieve Registration Form here.
  2. You will need your five-digit registration number that was sent to your email address. Fill out the form, then “Submit”.

Student Experience Testimonials

"Attending TLSI is one of the best choices I've made during my college years. Its remote nature made attending the program a lot more flexible and helped save a lot of money because I was able to stay at home. TLSI was instrumental in helping me land my marketing internship. After networking with a tech professional who spoke at TLSI, I interned for a quarter at his startup. I was able to add my data science and TLSI projects to my resume, which helped give me an edge in my applications. TLSI helped me gain experience in the data analytics aspect of digital marketing, and I was able to land a market research internship at Hubspot. Without TLSI, I don't think I would have experienced the same level of success applying for internships."

- Flora Chang, Communications Student, UC Santa Barbara

"I attended the UCLA Technology Leadership Summer Institute offered by the Easton Technology Management Center during the summer after my freshman year. I'm really grateful to have had this opportunity because I gained so much knowledge about the tech world and got to meet so many like-minded people from different countries, such as Australia, France, China, Italy and the Netherlands. One of my favorite memories was working with my team to develop a minimum viable product and comprehensive market research for a student loan app. I also enjoyed touring tech companies such as Google and Headspace, which inspired me to pursue data science in tech. I highly recommend this program to all entrepreneurship-minded students."

— Krystal Xu, Data Science Intern, Instagram (Facebook)

"The most valuable thing I got out of the program was probably hearing the stories of real people in the industry and also making those connections with like- minded individuals along the way. It's very timely that UCLA has given people the opportunity to further their careers without leaving their homes. The remote learning was incredible, and it made participating in class discussions so easy."

- Andrew Bennecke (B.S. ’22), Computational and Systems Biology Student, UCLA

Program Dates

JUNE 21 - JULY 30, 2021

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 15: Registration Opens

APRIL 1: Financial Aid Application for Current UCLA Students Becomes Available

MAY 1: Payment due in full

JUNE 15: Refund Deadline - Refund Deadline for Summer Institutes

JUNE 21 - JULY 30: Technology Leadership Summer Institute

UCLA Summer Sessions 2021 will be remote. Learn More.