Interns with Impact. Skills. Hunger. Superpowers.
Take the headache out of finding interns.
Sometimes a fresh new set of eyes is what you need to push your company to the next level. With Students + Startups, you can get access to our pre-vetted pool of qualified applicants and get half their stipend 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!
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.
The other students really made this program amazing. Everyone was inclusive and social. I always felt welcome, eager to explore San Antonio and excited to develop connections with them.
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.S+S gave me the opportunity to interact with startups at all stages. 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!
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.” Kacie Baldevia , intern, TINT by Filestack “Thu and Alexandra always communicated with the cohort via Slack and email and were always quick and attentive when it came to answering any questions or concerns.
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
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.
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.
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!
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for partner organizations with strong leadership, a positive and inclusive culture, and dynamic roles with a clear trajectory for growth. Other things we look for:
- 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?
- Instead of coming up with a job description, present a project. Determine what your prospective intern should be interested in and what they should excel at.
- 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 biweekly 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.
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).
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, business cards, 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.