Internship Program

We are in the early stages of developing the Startup California Internship.

If you are interested to particpate AND help us formulate the final internship program please sign up.

Potential Interns

• Opportunity to join a California based startup for a minimum 60 day internship.
• You will be paid $15 an hour.
• You will get at least one hour with the company founder to learn what he/she has learned in their life time of experience.
• You will get to sit in on at least one capital raising meeting or if the company is not in capital raising mode an important partnership or customer relationship meeting.
• You will get invited to all Startup California events in your area with free admission.
• You will get access to all Startup America Partnerhip membership benefits including educational webinars.
• As part of the application process you must complete our fast pitch application and make a fast pitch by laptop video of a business idea you may have or a friends business idea with their permission.  – Click Here

Startup California Intern Application

Degree Focus:
What city in California do you prefer to work?:
What is your career choice?:
Do you have a preference on the type of company?:
Do you have a place to stay in California for your internship?:
Will you have a car to drive?:
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Potential Hiring Companies Application

• You will get a motivated intern to help with your workload at a reasonable wage.
• You must agree to pay interns a minimum of $15 an hour for a minimum of 60 days.
• The company founder must agree to provide a minimum of one hour one on one with the intern passing on life knowledge.
• You must agree to permit the intern to sit in on at least one important capital raising meeting.
• You must agree to permit the intern to sit in on at least one important partnership forming or customer relationship meeting.
• You must agree to assign a mentor/supervisor in the company to the intern.
• Some interns may need housing help during the internship.  Let us know if you have any rooms available?
Application to Qualify to Receive a Startup California Intern

Company Name:
Company Address:
Contact Person:
Contact Phone:
Contact Email:
Business Website:
Brief of expected focus of interns work (describe in under 100 words):
Can one of your members provide a room for the intern to stay?:
Can you provide transportation means for the intern to go to and from work?:
How many interns would you like to receive?:
If the interns want to stay behind the 60 days minimum would that opportunity be available with you?:
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 Startup America Partnership InternshipClick Here

MBA Intern Matchmaker Program

What Startups look for in an intern!

1.      The ability to think like a creative problem solver. You’ve landed your internship and now your mission is to add as much value as possible to your start-up employer. By being adoesn’t come together on the first try, try again. Then, try again. Come at it from a different angle. Experiment and don’t give up after your first few tries. Commit to finding the solution.

2.      Strong work ethic. Expect to work until the project is done. A start-up internship isn’t a 9-5 deal. Sorry to burst any preconceived bubbles here, but let’s be real. As a start-up intern, your job is to help take some of the workload off of the rest of your team.You cannot be the best help to your team if you’re leaving projects unfinished or missing deadlines because five o’clock came along and you had plans with friends.

3.      The ability to communicate.Communicate. Communicate! I cannot tell you how many interns and entry-level team members I see fail in this category. Time and again there’s a complete lack of status updates on projects and goals. Worse still, as mentioned above, are loads of broken promises in the form of missed deadlines and half-completed projects. You absolutely cannot leave your assignment statuses up to the assumptions of others. Not communicating = not completed. If you’re stuck or you’ve made progress but haven’t completed a task, report back to the person who assigned it to you with an update. This can be as simple as an email that communicates a project status. If you don’t communicate, the assumption might be you’re either not good at a given task, or worse, you’re irresponsible or not interested.

4.      A ‘think before asking’ mentality. This. Is. HUGE. As I said, it’s perfectly OK to ask questions. However, there’s this super amazing, easy-to-use, free tool called Google and if you can use it to get the answer…don’t ask. Be quick to think and slow to ask. This is where creative problem-solving comes into play. You aren’t expected to figure everything out for yourself, but you are expected to think for yourself.

5.      A ‘strive to add value’ mindset. This is an extension of creative problem-solving, but it’s different. Treat your employer’s business as if it was your own. This mentality means promises made must be fulfilled, and deadlines must be met. If you can’t figure out a solution to the problem, and you can honestly say you’ve given it the best you could, think through a potential solution and then ask for help. I’m not trying to discourage asking questions. Questions are a part of the learning process and if you’re truly listening and have questions, ask them. Asking questions can demonstrate you’re thinking critically and trying to get to the best result through the most direct way possible, thereby adding value.

This blog post is written by Rakesh Singh, Co-founder & CEO of Room n House.