Absolutely nothing! Startuplifers is partly funded by public funds, and because of that, we are able to provide visas and a one-way flight.
Our applicants have from 6 months up to 3 years of intern or professional work experience. Of course sometimes we have even more experienced talents. If you aren’t sure whether you should apply already, do it! We will give you feedback based on your application.
Startuplifers is a community and network which helps you find a startup job in Silicon Valley and Singapore. The program is open to all students of Finnish universities and some Swedish universities. Read more about us here.
If you absolutely don’t have anything in your pocket, perhaps you need to re-time your application (we are being super honest here). If you are just a bit shy and afraid of sharing not-so-great project results, as is often the case, just focus on sharing and communicating the outcomes really clearly. What matters is to have solid content to support your words.
In San Francisco you will get a J-1 visa. Startuplifers will connect you to KILROY study advisors who will help you with your J-1 internship visa application and travel arrangements. If you are going to Singapore, you will mostly be handling the visa with the startup that will be your employer, but we will help as much as possible.
Salary is subject to negotiation and varies across different people of different skill sets. However, the minimum salary in startups in San Francisco is 3000$. Many get more salary based on their expertise. Also, bear in mind that the salary can be increased during the internship if you do your job well.
We know that moving to a new country can be scary. Don’t worry! We’ll introduce you to the other interns, who will help you get settled in. We recommend that you already get to know the basic facts about the city. It will help you in the beginning and after that we are sure you’ll be great!
The minimum length is 3 months, but many startups are looking for people who can stay at least 6 months. The maximum is usually 12 months, but in some cases you can stay even longer.
It really depends, unfortunately. A good ballpark figure to have in mind is 2-4 weeks to get feedback from us, another 2-4 weeks to get an intro to a startup, additional 2-4 weeks of interviews, and finally 3-8 weeks final decision and Visa process. All in all, it takes about 3-4 months before you get on a flight. This is something we can’t affect, startups have their own recruiting processes and visa processing times vary.
You’ll have to find an apartment yourself. Many lifers have a room in a shared apartment with other lifers or other people. Some alumni might leave the room for you, when you come in and they go back. In any case, our community there will at least give you plenty of hands-on tips on how to get the housing right.
We will do our best to get back to everyone with personal feedback on your application. That said, sometimes it is just to hard to live up to the promise. If you don’t hear from us in 4 weeks after submitting the application, please contact us.
You compete with the absolute standard. This point often confuses people. You are not competing with other applicants of our program per se. The startups will compare you to the level of applicants in their respective country, and decide who to interview based on that. If you’re good enough, we are reasonably confident that we can introduce you to a number of startup where it’s likely that you will end up getting hired by one of them at least.