The Beacon Fellowship - Computer Science (CS) Track

Note: The Beacon CS track is separate from the existing Beacon Fellowship, which focuses primarily on consulting.

What is the CS track?

For business-minded computer science majors, the Beacon CS track provides a tailored placement working on a programming project with a tech client in Lisbon for 4 weeks. Fellows will work under the guidance of a European programming professional whose sole job is to help them apply their programming knowledge to business applications and make sure they learn as much as possible.

Fellows must be well-versed in one common programming language to apply, however we work hard to provide relevant and challenging projects for each Fellows’ level of expertise. In their free time, Fellows will be able to explore Lisbon, which The Guardian describes as “a place so beautiful you can’t believe people are using it to live in.”


Why Lisbon?

Lisbon is the home to the world-famous Web Summit (the world’s top tech and startup conference) for the next 10 years. Entrepreneur says that “Portugal is the new land of opportunity for tech startups,” with Lisbon at its center. On top of its booming tech industry, Lisbon’s beauty, culture, and history make it a top travel destination.

How much does it cost?

The program fee of $3999 covers housing, excursions, local transportation, travel health insurance, and some meals.

When is each 4-week program?

19 May - 15 Jun 2019

16 Jun - 13 Jul 2019

14 Jul - 10 Aug 2019

What are the next steps?

Applications are rolling, but program choices/dates fill up quickly. To learn more, please fill out the form below.


" experience at Beacon helped me immensely to develop transferable skills in working with clients, creative problem solving, and being a team member." - Chad V., Luther U. // Beacon Summer '18


" abilities were taken seriously: I had the autonomy to do what I thought was right, and I was able to have the significant impact I always thought I could have." - Olivia J., Samford U. // Beacon, Winter '17


“In short, the experience was highly translatable to business work in a variety of areas, and is THE qualification which I would identify as having set me apart from other applicants for jobs and internships." - Luke C., U. of Notre Dame // Beacon, Winter '17