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Summer Undergraduate Startup Internship

The SUSI program matches Caltech undergraduates with startups in the greater Los Angeles area for unique summer internships. Caltech faculty and the Office of Technology Transfer and Corporate Partnerships coordinate with outside companies to secure internship opportunities that will expose students to the unique startup environment and help to develop the students’ skills in a real-world business setting. As of 2016, the SUSI program is funded by Caltech alumnus Olivier Cojot-Goldberg (BS ’87/MS ’88).

Education Beyond the Classroom

The SUSI program promises several benefits to students. First, because SUSI program organizers carefully screen the participating startups, the risks of interning at a small, untested company are minimized. The SUSI program collaborates with the chosen startups to design internships with specified responsibilities and concrete opportunities for student involvement within the company. The program has a preference for collaborating with new startups each summer to encourage variety in the internship opportunities and to expose students to companies in their earliest stages.

2017 and 2018 SUSI Interns

Each intern also has an assigned SUSI mentor—from either the Caltech faculty or the Office of Technology Transfer and Corporate Partnerships—who maintains regular contact over the summer and following the student’s return to campus in the fall. Finally, the SUSI program provides a direct stipend to each intern (in the same amount as a Caltech SURF award) to use toward the cost of housing and transportation. This stipend is separate from and in addition to the compensation the intern receives from the startup.

Identifying the Next Generation of Talent

Startups involved in the SUSI program gain access to a small pool of intelligent and driven Caltech undergraduate students. The SUSI interns, who choose this program over other valuable opportunities available to Caltech students both on and off campus, are especially driven and focused. Participating startups also stand to benefit as future employers by leveraging these internships into greater name recognition and brand awareness among the wider pool of future Caltech graduates.

Eligibility
  • Non-senior Caltech undergraduates
  • Not also participating in the SURF program this summer
  • Available to intern locally full-time for at least 10 consecutive weeks this summer
How to Apply
  • To apply, submit a resume via Handshake using the following Job ID:
               - #2147245
               - #2143396
               - #2173804
  • Each Job ID is a separate application to a different startup. Please log in to Handshake using the Job ID for more information about the company, internship requirements, and other details.
Caltech News featured a story about 2015 SUSI interns here.