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 business incubators and accelerators throughout the state of Florida to promote diversity in the tech startup 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 stipend of up to $5000 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.
All sessions will be located in Rm. 3008 within the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House
- 12-1pm, Wednesday Oct. 2nd
- 12-1pm, Thursday Oct. 10th
- 2-3pm, Tuesday Oct. 15th
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.
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 2019 FSU Tech Fellows
Ash Rosado is a rising junior majoring in Social Entrepreneurship in the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship. In addition to her internship with 500 Startups, Ashley will be researching how Latinx entrepreneurs experience imposter syndrome while engaging with their business community. Outside of the classroom, Ashley has served as a Community Ambassador with the Center for Leadership and Social Change, a research assistant through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, and Assistant Director of the Pride Student Union.
Ashley Taylor is a rising senior in Information, Communication and Technology. In addition to her internship with Tampa Bay Wave, she will be researching leadership styles of women entrepreneurs. Outside of the classroom, Ashley has a passion for mentoring others and serves as an Executive Board Member of the L.A.D.I.E.S. Mentoring organization and as an Assistant Coach for a local Tallahassee competitive cheerleading team.
Ayanna Chukes is a rising junior in Information Technology. In addition to her internship with Domi Station, she will be researching the impact of digital advertising for small, locally-focused retail businesses. Outside of the classroom, Ayanna stays busy learning new programming languages and participating in the Association of IT Professionals.
Lavonda Dean is a rising senior in Information, Communication, and Technology. In addition to her internship with StarterStudio in Orlando, she will be researching the potential impact of immigrant entrepreneurs on Orlando’s local economy. Outside of the classroom, Lavonda is on the Executive Board of FSU’s Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity and the Seminole Minority Leadership Institute.
Shania Alincy is a rising sophomore in Retail Entrepreneurship. In addition to her internship with Groundswell in Melbourne, she will be researching the potential bias in venture capital investment practices. Outside of the classroom, Shania is a member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority and is a certified nursing assistant.