Entrepreneurship Internship


Interested in the startup life?

The Entrepreneurship Internship may be right for you! It’s a paid summer internship program open to ALL undergraduates at MIT* and provides an immersive work experience at a startup founded by MIT delta v alumni.

You will be working side-by-side with the founding team and have an opportunity to work on meaningful projects, receive one-on-one mentoring, and determine if startup life is for you.

(* first-years, sophomores, and juniors only; seniors graduating in June are not eligible)

Program Overview

The Entrepreneurship Internship is a 10-week paid internship program designed for MIT students who want to try the experience of working at a startup full-time.

During the summer, students will:

  • gain an understanding of how an early-stage startup functions
  • be assigned to projects based on their skill set and the startup’s business strategy
  • experience true action learning by having an opportunity to immerse themselves in startup life
  • work side-by-side with the founding team and collaborate with a mentor.

The internship program is not for credit; participants will be on the MIT student payroll system and receive a weekly salary of $750.00. (Taxes will be taken out of your paychecks automatically.)

Before the end of the spring semester, participating students will attend an orientation to learn more about their entrepreneurial program, spend time with their mentor, and hear from a panel of upperclassmen that will share their internship experiences and provide practical advice on how to succeed.

During the 10-week internship, students will have a check-in with a member of the Martin Trust Center to discuss startup life and initial learning. At the end of the summer, students will complete a five-page reflection paper on their experience, and share insights with other undergraduate students interested in startup life during the t=0 event in September.


This is a general overview of the timeline for a typical Entrepreneurship Internship cycle.

Info sessions: mid to late February

Applications open: early March

Applications close: mid March

Company interview and decision period: mid to late March

Offer letters sent to selected candidates: end of March

Paperwork sent in by accepted candidates: 1st week of April

Kickoff dinner: late April

Internships begin: early June

Mid-point checkins: week following July 4th

Internships end: 1st or 2nd week of August

Reflection paper due: August 31

Eship Internship Faculty


Kripa Varanasi Entrepreneurship Internship Faculty Director Associate Professor, MIT Mechanical Engineering Dept.
Bill Aulet
Professor of the Practice
MIT Sloan