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) is working to promote diversity in the tech entrepreneurship 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. This program is designed to help you answer the following questions:
To insure that you are able to fully take advantage of these internships the program will provide a $5000 stipend for living expenses and 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 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.
Tech fellows applications will open early fall 2020
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 2020
If you have any questions, please contact David Montez at email@example.com.
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.