The High Tech Internship model connects University level students with paid internships in sales, marketing, software development, quality assurance, and IT support in high tech start-ups. The frantic demands of startup life have ensured that student interns receive demanding internship placements.Serving growing businesses in need of talent and offering them an extended look at a student while training them to do an important function, the High Tech Internship program has been uniquely successful in facilitating student post-graduate employment.
As our community college program works through Chambers of Commerce and regional sales personnel to cultivate placement opportunities, the High Tech version at UMass Boston partners with the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, tapping into the evolving network of Massachusetts startups through an interest group. The presence of a like interest group is a key to scalability elsewhere.
The High Tech Internship model leverages one-on-one mentoring, workshops and a curriculum of courses specifically designed to prepare students for a career in the startup economy (you’ll find links in the “Resources” tab). At the discretion of the implementer, selected modules developed for the Community College program could add to the robustness of student preparation.
Is the High Tech Internship model right for you? If you represent a University, have a desire to create or grow your internship program, and have a local startup presence, this is a time tested model that will work for you. At UMass Boston, more than 120 students have been placed with over 40 of the best high tech companies in Massachusetts. If you don’t meet all those constraints, get in touch with us! We’d like to adapt our model to make it work for you.
- The model leverages one-on-one mentoring, workshops and a curriculum of courses specifically designed to build student readiness for a career in the startup economy.
- The frantic demands of startup life ensure that students receive demanding internship placements.
- The High Tech Internship Program has been successful in facilitating student post-graduate employment.