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 $4,000.

Students will receive a $4,000 stipend and 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. There is a $400 application fee for start-ups selected for the four interns. 

BONUS! For the 2018 internship, we're trying something new. In addition to the traditional student/start-up matching from our start-up list, we'll also consider one slot for a student who already has a specific start-up in mind. There is final decision flexibility for the two models by the ECenter. When there is not a direct match, we reserve the right to select the student/start-up pair.

Note: There may be an opportunity for an internship during a school year. If interested, please email

2018 Application Information and Dates

  • Student applications are due by March 23rd

  • Applications must consist of:

    • Cover letter

    • Resume

    • Application form

    • Writing sample (any topic)

    • One letter of recommendation (sent by the student)

  • Application materials should be sent as a single PDF document including the cover letter, resume, application form, writing sample, and letter of recommendation titled with the student's name to

  • Start-up applications are due by March 23rd 

  • Applications will be reviewed by the ECenter on a rolling basis

  • Student and start-up applicants will be notified if they were selected for the interview round the week of March 26th

    • ​The students will sign up for interview slots with the companies of their choosing

  • Interviews will take place at the ECenter the week of April 2nd

    • ​After the interviews, each party will rank top choices

    • Based on the selection, our matching algorithm will select the four student and company matches

  • Selection notifications will be made within 24 hours of the conclusion of all interviews to all parties

  • If accepted, the required financial paperwork is due prior to May 1, 2018
  • The internship will take place from June 4 - August 10, 2018

  • Mid-point and final evaluations must be completed by both the student and start-up

  • Students are required to keep a weekly blog

  • A video summary from the student is due at the conclusion of the internship, by August 17th


For more information, click here to see the 2017 interns and hear about their experiences.