Intern with the world's most exciting startups.

We help ambitious students get paid summer internships at venture-backed startups. Summer 2022 applications open.

We partner with 100s of top startups, VCs, & growth companies, from pre-seed to series F

Paid internships, always.

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We strongly believe (as does the US legal system) that interns should be considered employees and be paid accordingly, especially in a startup environment where internship work is often critical to business growth.

The pay offered by our employer partners ranges from $15/hr on the low-end to $60/hr for high-level software engineering internships. Most teams offer competitive pay, especially if the internship is onsite.

Internships in the world's most exciting industries.

Fintech, Healthtech, Edtech

Many of our partners are leaders in technology for financial, healthcare, and educational sectors.

Consumer, e-commerce

Work on leading innovative consumer and e-commerce products that are defining new categories.

AI, ML, Data Ops

Data operations is changing the world, one entry at a time. Join exciting teams at the edge of this innovation.

Web3, Crypto, NFTs

Web3 is just plain exciting - from the metaverse to crypto and blockchain, join the next generation of the internet.

8-12 week internships. Remote & onsite options.

About us

All our internships are full-time summer internships that last between 8 to 12 weeks, on average. We want to make sure that you have enough real experience to feel part of a team and able to contribute to projects.

Many of our partners are still working entirely remote, so your internship may be remote. Some teams are hybrid and some are back onsite. Let us know your preference in your application.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I need to be a US citizen to be eligible?

No, but you must be enrolled in or recently graduated from a 4-year US or Canadian college or university. You also must have authorization to work in the US during the summer. At this time we do not accept applicants in high school or community colleges. If you believe you are an exceptional case, please contact us.


How does the application process work?

Our application process starts with a quick 2min online application. Next, we will ask for a copy of your resume. We will then invite you to complete either a one-way video interview or a Zoom interview with our team. After this, we select finalists and introduce you to our partner companies for final interviews. The entire process takes 4-8 weeks.


How is Intern Scale different from Handshake?

Handshake is a platform for students to apply to many different internships. This takes a lot of time and is frustrating for many students. Intern Scale is different. We are like a "common app" for startup internships. You apply once and are considered for dozens of internships in our network.


Does this cost anything? How much do I get paid?

Intern Scale is free for students. All of our internships are paid different amounts, and you are welcome to let us know the pay range you are looking for. Most of our business interns (marketing, sales, etc) are paid $15-25/hr. Most of our technical interns (software, data science) are paid $20-30/hr. The pay may not be quite as good as Google or Facebook, but in our opinion it's a much better opportunity.

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