Tech Fellows

How do technology, business, and design come together to create a useful product? How do startup companies begin, grow, and scale?

If these questions intrigue you or you have an interest in working with technology-based startups, APPLY for the Summer Tech Fellows program!!

So What is This?

The Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement (CRE) has partnered with Tallahassee incubator Domi Station and Launch Florida, a coalition of the state’s top entrepreneurship and innovation organizations, to promote diversity in the technology sector by providing summer internships for first-generation college students (must be affiliated with CARE). In this program you will gain hands-on experience and connections in tech entrepreneurship through working with incubator staff, startup companies, and mentors.

The Tech Fellows program seeks to expose students to the everyday work of product development, entrepreneurship, and ecosystem building. As a fellow you will spend a dynamic summer embedded with ecosystem building organizations and work alongside startup companies.  

To insure that you are able to fully take advantage of these internships the program will provide a $3000 stipend for living expenses and up to $2000 for housing costs. These accommodations will allow you to devote your time and efforts on working with program staff and startup companies.

What should I expect during the internship?

The internship will begin in early June and end in mid-August. You are expected to complete the entire internship and work with program staff to add value to your host site and a designated startup at the incubator. The internships are full-time and may include working at evening or weekend events. In addition to your work, you will document your experience with weekly reflections and a case study  project.

What exactly will I be doing?

You can expect to be exposed to a wide range of work tasks, including things like curriculum development, venture capital, program management, facility management, event planning, marketing, and business strategy. You will learn best practices in entrepreneurship and innovation support, meeting some of Florida’s top investors, mentors, and tech entrepreneurs. You will be in fast-paced, dynamic, and evolving environment, where it will pay to think on your feet and have the confidence to take ownership of your work.

Another key element of the fellowship is that you will document your experience with weekly reflections and will conduct a case study of a member startup and the area’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Finally, you will present your research at the CRE’s annual Fall Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence.

What kind of skills do I need?

That depends, but it helps if you have a core skill set or two such as design, coding, financial modeling, marketing, or writing. It will be up to you and your host site to not only leverage your core skills to add value, but to set goals for exposing you to new challenges that grow new skill sets.

What Next?

Tech Fellows applications are due January 31, 2018 and are available here.

To view the PDF of the Tech Fellows Application form, click here.

ELIGIBILITY: All undergraduate students are eligible to apply provided that they:

  • Are affiliated with FSU’s Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE)

  • Are enrolled at FSU at the time of application

  • Will have completed at least 12 credit hours at FSU before accepting the Fellowship

  • Will return to FSU as an undergraduate in fall of 2018

If you have any questions, please contact David Montez at dmontez@fsu.edu.