One hundred paid summer internships in the Greater Boston area are now up for grabs. Startup Summer is currently accepting applications, giving college students the chance to gain entrepreneurial experience and work with a variety of companies from CampusLIVE and Gemvara to PerkStreet Financial and Wistia.
Founded by Northeastern student Cory Bolotsky, Startup Summer will be one of Startup Massachusetts’ largest projects. After being named the first director of Startup Massachusetts in December, Bolotsky decided to give back to the community that’s provided him with so many great opportunities as a student.
“It’s exciting to be able to provide an easy way for students to access the startup ecosystem we have here,” Bolotsky says. “I think internships and work experience are really the right way to do it.”
Bolotsky previously served as the startup concierge at MassChallenge, the world’s largest startup competition and accelerator, working closely with early-stage entrepreneurs. That experience lends itself perfectly to Startup Summer, where he’ll now be working with undergraduate and graduate students who are focused on areas of development, design and business.
Startup Summer will run from May 28th to August 19th, and will host two to four events per week, ranging from workshops with investors to talks with experienced entrepreneurs. Although housing is not provided through the program, housing will be offered to students at an affordable rate, and all those who attend a school in Massachusetts, or are a state resident, are welcome to apply.
One application will make students eligible for all 100 jobs. If selected for the program, they’ll be able to choose from open positions, made available through sponsorship from the New England Venture Capital Association. To apply, students can click here until March 19th, and attach their résumé after answering a series of video interview questions.
To Bolotsky, these internships won’t just be any old summer job. By working with a startup, Bolotsky says students will be able to make an impact and help “change the face of a company.”
Michael Gaiss, senior vice president of Highland Capital Partners, will serve as an advisor for the program, alongside 13 others; including Walter Somol, the director of tech community outreach at Microsoft, Eric Paley, managing partner at Founder Collective, and Tim Rowe, the founder and CEO of the Cambridge Innovation Center.
To Gaiss, startups “offer the opportunity to work closely with exceptional people on fascinating initiatives in a high-energy environment.” He also says that for those looking for more entrepreneurial experience, startups “offer the ability to contribute in ways that can have more direct impact on the success of an emerging company.”
Although a good opportunity for students, Startup Massachusetts will also be a great opportunity for the state and will help retain in-state talent, as well as serve as a platform for attracting talent outside of the state, claims Gaiss.
“If we can deliver an exceptional experience for participants and further position Boston as a strong entrepreneurial hub, it increases the likelihood that they may decide to stay in the area — or move to it — upon graduation,” Gaiss says.
As the city continues to grow as a leader in innovation, this program is exactly what the state needs.