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 entrepreneurs and business incubators, APPLY for the FSU Tech Fellows program!!
To learn more about the Tech Fellows program and the application process attend one of our upcoming information sessions. For any questions you may have, email Dave Montez at email@example.com.
So What is Tech Fellows?
The Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement (CRE) is working to promote diversity in the entrepreneurship sector by providing summer internships for first-generation college students (CARE affiliated students) with business incubators and other related organizations across the state of Florida. In this program, you will gain hands-on experience and connections in entrepreneurship through working with incubator staff, startup companies, and mentors.
The Tech Fellows program exposes students to the everyday work of product development, entrepreneurship, and ecosystem building. As a fellow you will spend a dynamic summer embedded with an ecosystem building organization and work alongside startup companies. The summer internship (minimum 20 hours per week) may be face-to-face or virtual depending on the matching process between program partners and the Tech Fellows.
Another key component of the program is a 0-credit hour preparation course during the Spring 2021 semester. Within the course, you will learn about the work of business incubators and the startup launch process. In addition, you will interview at the beginning of the semester with our program partners as a part of the matching process. The current program partners include Tallahassee’s Domi Station, Tampa Bay WAVE, and Orlando’s Starter Studio.
The Tech Fellows program is currently limited to CARE affiliated students. Applicants are eligible for a grant of $1,000. As the program seeks to expand, the program may open to other student populations. If this policy changes, this webpage will be updated.
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. The internship are part-time (minimum of 20 hours per week) and may include working at evening or weekend events. In addition to your work, you will document your experience with weekly reflection blog posts and a research 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 research project centered on an entrepreneurship-focused research question of your choosing. Finally, you will present your research at the CRE’s annual President’s Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence.
What kind of skills do I need?
That depends, but it helps if you have a core skillset 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 skillsets.
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 2021
If you have any questions, please contact David Montez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the 2020 FSU Tech Fellows
Alex Jeannite is a junior majoring in Computer Science. In addition to his internship with Tampa Bay WAVE, Alex will be researching imposter syndrome within the programming community. Outside of the classroom, Alex has previously interned with FSU’s Innovation Hub (Spring 2020) as a web developer and FSU Communications conducting marketing analysis.
Nohemi Soza-Acevedo is a sophomore majoring in Criminology who is interning at Orlando’s Starter Studio. In addition to her internship, Nohemi will be researching the perspectives and preparations of small business owners around cybersecurity risk. Outside of the classroom, Nohemi is the Public Relations Chair for the Lamba Theta Alpha Latin Sorority and Outreach Coordinator for the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. One of Nohemi’s career goals is to become an intelligence analyst for the Department of Homeland Security.
Alexander Blanchette is a junior majoring in Information Technology with a minor in Entrepreneurship. In addition to his internship with Starter Studios, Alexander’s research will look into intergenerational wealth and its impact on the success of startups. Outside of the classroom, Alexander leads a team of six students to promote and maintain the College of Communication and Information “Get Involved” website. In addition, he has lead an outreach group providing IT training at the Tallahassee Senior Center providing workshops and ad hoc desk help.
Chris Lormeus is a junior majoring in Finance and has ambitions for launching his own e-commerce business by the end of the summer. In addition to his internship at Tallahassee’s Domi Station, Chris will be researching the optimization of digital marketing for drop shipping businesses. Chris was previously a part of the CRE’s Global Scholars program interning (Summer 2019) as a Financial Analyst at Morocco World News. In addition, he received the Benjamin A Gilman fellowship to support his summer internship in Morocco.
Adel Bebe is currently a freshmen majoring in Chemical Engineering. He will be interning with Tallahassee’s Domi Station. Previously, Adel has interned with Orange County’s Traffic Engineering Division. Here at FSU, he has participated in the Florida Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (FGLSAMP), which seeks to empower minority students in STEM fields to graduate and move onto graduate school. In addition, Adel has joined the National Society of Black Engineers and Progressive Black Men.