Startup Summer internship program brings students and entrepreneurs together

It is almost time to start looking for a summer internship. For students with an interest in business and entrepreneurship, Startup Summer may be just the right program.

For 10 weeks in the summer, participants will take part in a paid internship with a Front Range startup and work closely with company founders and management teams.

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“Startup Summer is a product of the Startup Colorado Board, comprised of local CEOs and Venture Capitalists striving to help the growing startup community in Colorado,” Program Director Alexandra Weiner said.

In addition to the internship, students will attend seminars from prominent entrepreneurs and interact with community business leaders at weekly social events. There will also be a competition to win a mentorship with Boulder entrepreneurs and investors.

The free program will provide students with the skills and tools necessary to succeed as entrepreneurs, according to Weiner.

Over 30 students worked for 24 participating Boulder and Denver startups in 2014, according to the Startup Summer website. This year, the program will expand to Colorado Springs.

“We encourage all our entrepreneurial-minded students to look into the Startup Summer program,” said Director of the CSU Institute for Entrepreneurship Christine Chin.

The program is aimed at juniors and seniors, but is open to all undergraduate students. They will also consider graduate students enrolled in a Masters or Ph.D. program focused in computer science.

Applicants should have an academic focus in business, engineering or computer science, according to the website. They should also come with a business idea to develop over the summer.

“For students who are driven to entrepreneurship, it is a great opportunity to gain experience, find mentors and build their network and skill set,” Chin said.

Interested students can visit the program website for more information. Applications for summer 2015 are due Feb. 13.

Collegian Reporter Emily Vavra can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter at @vivalavavra.

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