Interns with Impact. Drive. Motivation. Superpowers.
Take the headache out of finding talent.
Sometimes a fresh new set of eyes is what you need to push your company to the next level. With Students + Startups, you are given access to our vetted pool of highly qualified candidates. Once you secure an intern, you are only responsible to pay HALF their stipend. The other half is subsidized by the 80|20 Foundation.
That’s just a smart business decision.
The interns crushed it…The process is easy, the talent is high-quality and adaptable, and you can’t beat the price! We’ve continued to employ some of the interns over the year and will definitely be hiring more for years to come!
Pure Heart Foods
The Students + Startups program was an incredible experience! Not only did my intern add so much value and amaze me with her contributions, she became a resource I plan to continue using outside of the program. The community aspects of the program, such as the events and workshops, were hugely beneficial for me as a small business owner in meeting new, local connections that have already added value to my business.
I learned so much more than I thought I would coming into the internship. I got to fully immerse myself in the marketing team at my internship. They mentored me and showed me exactly what I had been wanting to gain experience on. The S+S program itself offered so many resources as well. This made this experience for the summer even better
TINT by Filestack
The S+S program provided me with an invaluable experience that I don’t think I would’ve gotten anywhere else. I was matched with the perfect company and team while learning new skills and knowledge. (The team) always communicated with the cohort via Slack and email and were always quick and attentive when it came to answering any questions or concerns.”
The most valuable experience I had was interacting with investors of these startups and watching their investments and commitment to the companies grow. My internship at S+S opened up an entirely different perspective to the startup community.
S+S gave me the opportunity to network not only with my company partner but with other students around the nation. I loved having a geekdom membership as I was able to network and learn from the startups. S+S gave me the opportunity to grow professionally, personally and brought me out of my comfort zone. I was able to gain lifelong friends and meaningful connections with mentors. Hands down best summer ever!
In our second year in business, Students + Startups took us to the next level of growth. We are huge fans! Where else can you access an incredibly talented pool of pre-vetted applicants, have a chance to connect more deeply with other entrepreneurs and startup companies in San Antonio, AND have subsidized compensation? It was a gamechanger. And we’ve loved our interns so much they have stayed on and worked the following semesters. Can’t wait for S+S 2020!
My internship at the Heron was an incredible experience. I expected to learn some new skills, but was nervous as to how the summer would go. At every step of the internship, Ben gave me challenging, exciting assignments and projects that helped me learn and refine my own skills. Whenever I felt overwhelmed, Ben was quick to encourage me and validate that reporting is hard work, but his reassurance and help every time I hit a barrier gave me the confidence I needed. I am so glad that I had this experience of working with a team that loves what they do, and is dedicated to their mission. I learned so much over the course of this summer!
The most important factors I’ve come to look for in a junior employee are resourcefulness, drive, and grit. (I want real work done, I want to learn something new, and I want her/his energy to be infectious to our team.) The Students+Startups program seems aligned to this ideal perfectly and I would recommend participation to any San Antonio startup – Not only to better their organization but also to play a small part in making our city a better place to work and live as more graduates choose to join our cause.
Co-founder & CTO
White Cloud Drones
This being my second year in the program has helped me reach new heights in my career and even given me a part-time job with my company partner.
Who are we looking for?
- Organizations with strong leadership, a positive and inclusive culture, and dynamic roles with a clear trajectory for growth.
- Must be located/headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.
- Diverse industries including tech, retail, food/beverage, robotics, SaaS, biomedicine, sustainability, non-profit and more.
What makes a good experience?
- A compelling job description suited for an intern. Determine what your prospective intern should be interested in and what they should excel at. What skill sets are needed, what are their responsibilities, the impact their role will play, and some activities that are expected.
- Develop a thoughtful on-boarding process, including an orientation session where you set goals and expectations. Include a 3-5 minute overview of different parts of the company, with a representative from each department.
- Provide a healthy culture and immerse them into the camaraderie of what it takes to work productively and comfortably in an office or at a worksite.
- Have weekly 1×1 meetings with your intern to discuss progress on projects they’ve been working on, areas of the business that are interesting to them, personal aspirations for growth, and recapping previous goals.
- Post-internship performance review.
All interns must live in San Antonio during the entire program. If you are remote or hybrid, we ask that you keep an open line of communication with daily check-ins.
You’re not committed to the program until you find the perfect candidate, and our team will work extremely hard to find you a great intern.
Ideally, juniors to master students. We accept applications from freshman students, but companies have preferred students to be more along in their studies (around their second and third year).
Yes, if your budget allows, and if you have a role for each individual intern.
It does depend on the company and its hiring needs, but we want to ensure that every intern has a high-impact experience.
It’s an annual event that we host, bringing all of the vetted candidates and company partners together for “speed interviews.” You interview with ~8 candidates, 10-minute interviews each. There’s networking before, there’s networking after, and we encourage interns to utilize this time to walk up to you if they wanted more time or didn’t get the chance to interview with you. It’s a mandatory event for our intern candidates and company partners. Our out-of-SA students will do their interviews via phone call.
As we’ve grown, companies are bringing out everything they’ve got to set themselves a part from other company partners. This means pull-up banners, tablecloths, candy, t-shirts, swag, etc. Use your imagination, and bring your A-game. You are selling your company to them just as much as they are selling themselves to you all.