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Skandalaris Internship Program (SkIP)

Connecting WashU students with internships and supporting the St. Louis entrepreneurial community in the process

Since 2008, the Skandalaris Center has offered the Skandalaris Internship Program for undergraduate students in all majors. This opportunity allows students to intern for an early-stage startup in the St. Louis area and explore St. Louis’ vibrant entrepreneurial community. Venture hosts range in industry from biotech to education to design firms to patent law.

This paid, 10-week summer program is more than an internship—it is an intensive introduction to St. Louis and to the world of startups, entrepreneurship, and innovation. The students work at their internship for most of the week, and then on each Wednesday afternoon, they participate in special programming such as tours of entrepreneurial areas/neighborhoods, networking events, and panel discussions. Lunch is provided at most Wednesday events.

Our process has changed significantly this year. Please review the FAQs closely to learn more about the requirements, application details, and updated process. Click below for additional student and venture specific information.

Click to learn more about applying to be an intern.

Click to learn more about hosting an intern.


January 6, 2020: Venture and Student Applications opens
February 3, 2020, 11:59 pm: Venture Application closes
February 9, 2020, 11:59 pm: Student Application closes
February 12, 2020, 4-6 pm: Internship Networking Event at WashU
February 13-23, 2020: Interview and ranking period. All rankings must be submitted by 11:59 pm on February 23.
February 24, 2020: Matches notified. Must accept or decline by February 27
February 28, 2020: Matches finalized and notified
March 6, 2020: Intern agreements due to Skandalaris Center
March 31, 2020: Venture agreements & first 50% of invoice due
April 8, 2020, 2:30-4:30 pm: Intern orientation
May 5,2020 4-5 pm: Venture Orientation
May 31, 2020, 5 pm: Intern kickoff dinner
June 1, 2020: First Day of Internship
August 5, 2020: Celebration Lunch
August 7, 2020: Last day of internship


Interns collaborate on the Marshmallow Challenge while visiting Wells Fargo's Innovation Lab