About the Program

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.

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.