Interns with Impact. Drive. Motivation. Superpowers.
Take the headache out of finding talent.
Students + Startups saves your company time and money by managing the early vetting process, ensuring all admitted candidates, from every field of study, possess the skills necessary to be internship-ready and the motivation and drive to make an impact on day one. The S+S team supports company partners and candidates throughout the hiring process by making thoughtful connections, matching candidate interests and abilities with relevant internship opportunities at local companies.
Oh, and did we mention that half of the intern’s $6,000 stipend is partially- subsidized by the 80|20 Foundation? You are only responsible for half of each intern’s stipend.
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.
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
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!
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!
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!
Big Sun Solar
My internship provided me with invaluable work place experience that I could not have gotten anywhere else and helped me to obtain my goal of going on to work at a big tech company.
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.”
My time with FlashScan3D built confidence in my skill sets of design, engineering, project management, etc. I look back fondly on my time there and with the S+S crew. I would not have the current job I have, not the startup intuition that I use in my own venture today were it not for S+S. Was a great experience – I learned a lot, met and worked with some very smart people. Received a significant amount of hands-on experience in the role under Chris Burney and was able to learn quite a bit about Angel Investing, due-diligence, and the San Antonio startup community at large.
Even though Miltribe isn’t around anymore, I still stay in touch with my boss Donovan! I oftentimes credit my Deloitte internship with being instrumental in setting off my career, but in reality I wouldn’t have gotten that position without S+S. I also won the Valero Alamo Bowl scholarship twice as a direct result of interning in SA, so it helped with supporting my education. I am incredibly grateful for my Students + Startups experience, and think of it fondly every time I’m at Double Standard.
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.
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.