The St. Olaf Entrepreneurial Scholars program pairs rising sophomore, junior and senior students with paid summer internship opportunities in entrepreneurial ventures. The opportunities represent an array of St. Olaf entrepreneurial alumni, accelerators, incubators, and venture capital firms. The program’s goal is to help students gain experience working in a startup or entrepreneurial environment.
Students will learn entrepreneurial skills while receiving mentorship and support from their host supervisor. Host sites have agreed to offer rigorous and challenging work, meaningful projects, and skill building experiences to their interns. The cohort will gather a couple times before, during, and after their internship for networking, information sharing, and reflection on their summer experience. Thanks to a generous gift from our entrepreneurial alumni, participants receive $4000 in funding in recognition of their full-time, 8-10 week internship.
Students selected for the program should be energetic, self-motivated problem solvers. They should be able to demonstrate flexibility in a rapidly changing environment. Start and end dates are negotiated between the selected student and their supervisor. Housing is not provided for this cohort program. Students may apply to participate in the St. Olaf Entrepreneurial Scholars cohort by submitting application materials on handshake.
This year’s participant ventures and corresponding positions include:
Superior Switchel Co. – Event Pop-up and Social Media Manager Intern
Superior Switchel botanically brews sparkling, certified organic switchel — a refreshing ginger and apple cider vinegar elixir from the 17th-century. This old-school sailors’ tonic is perfect for digestion and rehydration, and unlike kombucha, it is absolutely caffeine- and alcohol-free. Certified Woman-Owned, 1% for the Planet, and B-Corp.
Impact Hub Minneapolis – Learning Institute Launch Internship
We bring together a community of entrepreneurs, activists, creatives, and professionals to take collaborative action and drive positive change in MSP and beyond. Part innovation lab, part coworking space, part civic forum, we offer an inspiring space for members to work, meet, learn, and connect. We also provide meaningful content through thought-provoking events, learning spaces, incubation programs, and facilitated conversations.
Superior Drone LLC– Pilot Training Material and Technology Intern
Drewes Law, PLLC – Legal Assistant/Intern
Drewes Law’s team of attorneys and staff possess an undying work ethic in pursuit of truth and justice. If you are facing life-changing real estate problems, you need that level of advocacy from a team with unwavering dedication to their clients.
Tokelau Coffee – Marketing & Business Development Intern
Tokelau MCT coffee comes from a unique blend of organic coffee, high-quality MCTs, and organic coconut milk that we are excited to share. Tokelau MCT coffee is the first MCT coffee that gives you all the health benefits of MCTs in the convenience of a single serve cup. Tokelau Coffee is a veteran owned Minneapolis, MN business that donates 5% of profits to veteran organizations.
Capita3 – Venture Capital Analyst Intern
Capita3 is a micro venture capital fund focused on investing in women-led companies that are innovating in health. Our goal is to increase the number of successful women entrepreneurs and investors, while returning exceptional shareholder returns. We’re located in Minneapolis, and will invest across the US, with a focus on the Midwest.
Fruitful Fertility – Social Media Intern
Infertility is an emotionally devastating, financially crippling and life changing event for 1 in 8 couples. And because it’s not talked about openly (and easily misunderstood by those who haven’t experienced it), there’s significant shame and grief surrounding this diagnosis. Fruitful is a free fertility mentorship program that connects those struggling with infertility with a mentor who’s been through it firsthand and is now on the other side. We exist to make infertility suck less.
Rover Robotics – Business Development Intern
Rover Robotics is a partnership between RoboteX (a provider of market leading robots for public safety) and the founder of Proto Labs (the leader in rapid prototype parts manufacturing). They believe that in the near future, robots will become important in every facet of our daily lives, going beyond just vacuuming the floor and powering factories. Their products help robotics researchers, product developers and engineers build highly capable, professional-grade solutions for outdoor mobile robot applications.
Imagine Deliver – Delivery and Project Specialist, Summer Apprenticeship
A growing startup founded in 2017, Imagine Deliver is a consulting firm that unravels tough problems, makes solutions universally accessible, and helps clients adapt their work to stay ahead of what’s coming. Their diverse backgrounds give us an edge when it comes to dreaming up unique solutions that deliver results. They lead companies and organizations through creative processes that make room for every person to contribute brilliant ideas. Then they turn those ideas into actions that quickly benefit their employees, their consumers, their company, and their community. Imagine Deliver helps clients design their work to create stronger organizations, systems, and services that work for everyone.
Email Kirsten Cahoon (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.