Summer Entrepreneurial Internship Program

This paid, 10-week summer program offers undergraduate students in any school pursuing any major the opportunity to experience entrepreneurship in a real-world setting and connect to the community of startups and support organizations in St. Louis.

The Skandalaris summer internship program is an intensive introduction to St. Louis, to the world of startups, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Ideal candidates for the program are students with an entrepreneurial mindset, flexibility, motivation, and passion for innovation.

The program has students intern for most of the week and then participate in special programming at different times, which includes site visits, workshops, networking, collaboration opportunities and speakers.

Skandalaris interns fully engage in their internship and all activities and apply what they learn in their off-campus experiences to their internship and what they learn at their venture to their off-campus experiences. Attendance at all programming is required for all students, so ventures need to be prepared to be flexible.

In order to support discovery of ventures and their opportunities, the Skandalaris Center has partnered with Better Weekdays‘ The Whether platform, to facilitate connections between students and venture hosts. The platform will help make the selection process easier by providing potential hosts a place to discover and attract internship candidates to their opportunities. Students will have the chance to express interest in ventures after discovering more about each venture and the projects they could be working on.

Click on the appropriate population on the right for more specific information and to apply to the program!

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 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.
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