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Skandalaris Summer Internship Opportunities

The summer internship program hosted by the Skandalaris Center is an immersive 10-week experience that provides access and insight to the dynamic environment and needs of a startup. This program is designed to enhance entrepreneurial skills, provide tools and resources for professional development, and immerse you in the greater St. Louis ecosystem.


Full-time paid internship supported by the Skandalaris Center

  • Compensation is $4,000 (with on-campus housing included) or $6,000 (without housing)

Programming and professional development opportunities provided through weekly engagements

Build your network through interactions with student-led startups, St. Louis area founders, and your fellow interns

Dedicated support by the Skandalaris Center staff during the course of the program

Qualifications for Skandalaris Summer Internships

Are you a current student or recent grad interested in exploring entrepreneurship through an internship with a startup this summer?

Click here to complete your qualification application!

Interested candidates will first complete a qualification application for the program. Once qualified, you’ll have access to an exclusive opportunities board with details on individual internships that are available. We are planning to launch the opportunities board on March 1, 2024.

This program is open to currently enrolled WashU undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent alumni (graduated May 2023 or later). If you are a current student, you must have plans to enroll in courses in the fall 2024 semester.

  • Please note: Currently enrolled students at a STLREE college/university are eligible to apply for an internship with a WashU student-founded startup.


  • Commitment to working full-time (40 hours/week; Monday – Friday) through the duration of the program
    • Internships will begin Monday, June 3, and end on Friday, August 9. We will be hosting a mandatory kick-off dinner on Sunday, June 2.
    • July 4 & 5 is the only observed holiday / days off.
  • Actively engage in projects and assignments from your founder, as well as participating in Skandalaris weekly programming. Failure to participate or failure to meet the expectations of your founder and/or the Skandalaris Center can result in your removal from the program.

Important Program Dates

Monday, February 19: Qualification Application Opens

Friday, March 1: Exclusive opportunities board will launch with available internships. Qualified students will be provided access starting on this date and on rolling basis thereafter.

Sunday, June 2: Intern Kick-Off Dinner and Orientation Session

Monday, June 3: Internship Begins

Thursday, July 4 – Friday, July 5: Holiday Observed

Wednesday, August 7: Skandalaris Launchpad Expo

Friday, August 9: Internship Ends

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates of the Skandalaris Summer Internship Program?

Monday, June 3 through Friday, August 9. Independence Day will be observed July 4 & 5 by the University. Outside of these identified dates, additional vacation time is not permitted.

What is the deadline to submit an initial qualification applications?

We will accept applications on a rolling basis; however, due to limited funding, we strongly encourage interested candidates to apply as early as possible.

Once qualified, when can I start accessing specific internship opportunities?

As we are actively recruiting startup founders to participate in the program, we will compile those opportunities into one exclusive opportunities board. Those postings will go live on March 1, and continue to be updated as additional internships become available.

How do I apply to a specific internship?

After qualifying for the program, individual internship opportunities will be listed. These will include specific details that founders are looking for, including area of expertise and/or job roles (i.e. marketing, social media, programming, etc.). You are able to apply to any roles that are of interest, and founders will review applications and interview candidates that fit their needs.

What are the weekly programs and engagements presented by Skandalaris?

Each week, we will host programming aimed at professional development, creating connections, and overall engagement with the WashU and St. Louis communities. This will include workshops, panels, presentations, group activities, and more!