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In partnership with Lehigh Business, we are excited to announce the Startup Academy Summer 2021 program! For the fourth year, students have the opportunity to work and learn through an entrepreneurial internship experience with San Francisco startups.

Startup Academy student on Nasdaq Tower in Times Square

Program Dates

  • Applications Open: November 16, 2020
  • Information Sessions (register here)
    • November 17, 2020 at 2pm EST (view on demand)
    • December 3, 2020 at 6pm EST
    • January 12, 2021 at 6pm EST
  • Applications Close: January 20, 2021
  • Candidate Interviews: Early February 2021
  • Program Dates: May 24 - July 31, 2021
    • Remote: May 24 - July 24, 2021
    • In-residence: July 25 - July 31, 2021


  • Lehigh Business student (including CSB & IBE students)
  • Rising junior or senior
  • Previous relevant work, internship, or project experience
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and enjoy working through challenges in dynamic, fast-paced environments
  • Passionate about making an impact and willing to roll up your sleeves to help entrepreneurs build their early-stage companies
  • Self-motivated, curious, critical-thinker, and problem-solver, who is interested in developing an entrepreneurial mindset and skills
I have already recommended friends to apply! I think it is a great opportunity, and it really allows you to see a whole new career path. Also, you are greatly supported throughout the whole process from your manager, Nasdaq Center, and Lehigh.
Startup Academy 2020 Intern

Program Format

Host companies are startups based in the San Francisco entrepreneurial ecosystem. Most startups operate with a remote team and find that this flexibility allows them to increase productivity and reduce costs. Interns will have the opportunity to experience this future of work first hand. In 2021, it is our goal to return to an in-person, immersive experience where interns live together as a cohort in San Francisco. However, current health and safety policies will guide the exact format and delivery of the program. We will update program participants as specific program format details are confirmed.