Summer Entrepreneurial Internship Program

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

Since 2008, the Skandalaris Center has offered a Summer Entrepreneurial 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.

Learn more about the requirements and application details for either students or ventures using the links below:


Click to learn more about applying to be an intern.


Click to learn more about hosting an intern.

Testimonies from Students & Ventures:

My internship taught me the importance of being flexible and willing to adapt to an ever-changing set of circumstances. The company often had a set of goals it wanted to accomplish. However, how we accomplished those goals was often much different than we had originally planned.
Even for a non-profit the business still needs to find a way to break even. This often includes thinking of creative ways to generate revenue or funding. Entrepreneurship covers such a wide spectrum of skills; so many details go into starting a business, many of which I hadn't thought about before.
Being involved with a start-up allowed me to understand many of the details and strategy that are involved with getting this type of venture "off the ground." In addition, it exposed me to some very high-energy, bright people. Finally, working with the company allowed me to be exposed to a new industry.
My internship experience altered my view of what it takes to survive as an entrepreneur. It also helped me focus my career search and helped me understand what I want to do after school. It was a truly valuable experience.
The Skandalaris Internship is a true win-win for everyone. As a cutting-edge startup based in Silicon Valley and St. Louis - we at Tallyfy were proud to host an intern over summer, who performed way above our expectations and brought new ideas and energy into our growth. We would not hesitate to recommend this program to anyone. - Amit Kothari, CEO of Tallyfy - workflow software for client onboarding
The Skandalaris Internship program offered my startup the ability to hire a high-quality intern at a low cost. I was majorly impressed by all the candidates, and the student I selected was outstanding. He brought a strong work ethic and gave large, tangible contributions to the company beyond his initial role. We were so happy with his performance that we actually ended up bringing him into the company after the internship! I definitely would recommend this program to other St. Louis startups and will look to participate in it again this summer!
The Skandalaris internship program proved to be very productive - our intern was extremely tech savvy and very keen to dive into almost every activity that she came across - just what we needed as a fast growing tech start up.