Paid Student Internship at Start-Ups Program

Get hands-on experience working at a start-up company and help in the building process.


Sponsored by Harry Patten ('58)

Due to the generosity of Harry Patten ('58), four (4) UNH Durham students from any college or major can get hands-on experience working at a start-up company (priority given to UNH alumni start-ups). We recognize that not all students have the “a-ha" idea right away and/or they want to learn about and understand the inner workings of a start-up and help in the building process.  The Internship Program provides that experiential learning opportunity over a 10-week period. Students will receive a stipend of $4,500.

10 week paid internship at start-ups with a $4,500 stipend. Students will work at start-up host internship companies full-time (40 hours per week). Each year the list of companies in the program varies, so look for more information each year.

Note: There may be an opportunity for an internship during a school year. If interested, please email e.center@unh.edu


2017 Application Process Dates

  • January 24, 2017: Applications open.
  • March 22: Final application deadline. Students will receive the company/position descriptions. Companies will receive the student applications. The students will sign up for interview slots with the companies of their choosing.  The process of choosing where the students will be placed for the summer begins.
  • March 27: Interviews at UNH. After the interviews, each party will rank top choices. Based on the selection, our matching algorithm will select the four student and company matches.
  • March 31: Internships announced
  • June 5 – August 4, 2017: Start-up Internship (subject to company scheduling). Mid-term evaluations will be sent to companies. Mid-term evaluations will also be sent out to students. Students are expected to keep a weekly journal/blog about their experience.
  • August 18: Written and video summary due. Final evaluations will be sent out to company supervisors and students. The evaluations are confidential – we do not share them with the students/supervisors, but we strongly encourage an open dialogue about expectations and performance between the two parties. 

Application Overview

Applications for Summer 2017 will open on January 24, 2016. Please email us at e.center@unh.edu to sign up to receive updates if you would like to be notified when the application process is open!

UNH juniors, sophomores, and freshman in good standing can apply. Graduate students who will be on the Durham campus in 2017-2018 are also eligible. The internship is awarded and administered by the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter). Students will be selected based on:

  • Evidence of prior interest or achievement in academic and extracurricular activities, including ideas/innovation/entrepreneurship activities
  • Relevant skills, interests, and goals
  • Potential for, and commitment to, UNH peer leadership in the following school year in areas of ideas/innovation/entrepreneurship
  • GPA
  • Letters of Reference (2)
  • Applications: The application process starts on January 24, 2017. The final deadline for applications is March 10th. Students will receive the company/position descriptions. Companies will receive the student applications. The students will sign up for interview slots with the companies of their choosing.  The process of choosing where the students will be placed for the summer begins.
  • Interview: Interviews will take place at UNH between March 27th and 31st. After the interviews, each party will rank top choices. Based on the selection, our matching algorithm will select the four student and company matches. Internships will be announced on March 31st.
  • Internship: Students must be available from orientation on June 5, 2017 until the final work day of August 4. Summary report and video due August 18. Students are expected to keep a weekly journal/blog throughout the ten-week internship. Students will work at start-up host sites full-time (40 hours per week).
  • If accepted, the required financial paperwork is due prior to May 1, 2017
  • Stipend payments are made every 4 weeks and upon confirmation of work performed.  Last payment made after receipt of final summary report and video.
  • There are stringent regulations for international students. Please visit the UNH Center for International Education and Global Engagement's website to learn more about Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for F-1 international students. 

How Do I Apply?

  1. Review the application and instructions (will be posted Winter 2016)
  2.  Create a .pdf of your completed application, transcript, and writing sample and email it to e.center@unh.edu.

Start-up Companies

Here is the current list of start-ups participating in the program. DO NOT contact the company directly.

Start-up Location Website Founder(s) Position(s)
Averill House Vineyard Brookline, NH www.averillhousevineyard.com Bob, Beth, Jake & Stephanie Waire
  1. Vineyard Intern
Boxscore, LLC Manchester, NH www.boxscoreapp.com Bob Leland, Scott Crowder
  1. Marketing Coordinator Intern
Cuseum Boston, MA www.cuseum.com Brendan Ciecko
  1. Sales & Marketing Intern
Higher Ed Profiles, Inc. Portsmouth, NH www.higheredprofiles.com Eric Spear
  1. Javascript Programmer
Insurify Cambridge, MA www.insurify.com Snejina Zacharia
  1. Customer Success Champion
Local Duck Stratham, NH www.LocalDuck.co Peter Lessels

          1. Developer

          2. Robotic Engineer

          3. GSD - "Get Stuff Done"

Mayflower Weddings, Inc. Cambridge, MA www.mayflowervenues.com Sam McElhinney, Lucy Minott, Wesley Ripley
  1. Customer Growth & Loyalty Intern
  2. Web Development Intern
Neurable, Inc. Cambridge, MA www.neurable.com Dr. Ramses Alcaide
  1. Research & Development Intern
Nobl Coffee LLC Newmarket, NH www.noblcoffee.com Connor Roelke
  1. Marketing & Sales Consultant
Pilera Software Nashua, NH www.pilera.com Ashish Patel
  1. Marketing & Sales Admin
  2. Developer
Spiro Technologies Boston, MA www.spirohq.com Justin Kao           1. Customer Success Assoc.
Violet Atrium Manchester, NH www.violetatrium.com Jeremy Hitchcock
  1. Engineering Intern
  2. Business Intern