Put your skills to the best use and outgrow your potential.

Startuplifers connects talented Nordic tech, design and business students and recent graduates with the best startups in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Working at a startup in the world’s largest tech hub is an opportunity of a lifetime to boost your career, become the best in your field and get yourself an imperial shit-ton of self-confidence.

Are you

  • A university student or a recent graduate in Finland or Sweden?
  • Eager to gain valuable working experience and get the adventure of your lifetime?
  • A hard-working and motivated person, who already has some relevant experience?

If yes, then this is what Startuplifers program can

Hand-selected startup

6-18 -month long internships to accelerate your professional and personal growth while having the time of your life together with the Startuplifers Community.

True responsibilities and challenges

We offer positions in software engineering, marketing, sales, and design. Responsibilities, challenges and learnings guaranteed.

Financial side covered

Our internships have competitive salaries in San Francisco. In addition, all the costs are covered by us, so no need to worry about expensive visas and flights!

Apply to our talent pool and get support from the team and the community

In every part of the process, the Startuplifers team and the entire community will be there for for you. Get the best tips, help and support with any matter that comes up. You don’t even have to worry about the visa and the flights; we’ve got you covered. We’ll handle the process and cover all the costs. We only expect activeness and enthusiasm from our applicants.

Here’s how the process works

After sending your application, it typically takes approximately 3-4 months to actually get on a plane.
The time can vary a lot depending on the companies recruitment processes and the time it takes us to find you the perfect position.

1. Apply

Send us an application and receive feedback. If you are accepted to our talent pool, we’ll help you perfect your CV and LinkedIn. Now you are ready to land the job of your dreams!

3. Shine in your interview

The startup wants to interview you! We’ll help you prepare for the interview and support you throughout the process.

5. Begin the experience of your lifetime

We’ll start the visa process, buy the flights and connect you with our community. Time to start the adventure!

2. Get connected with startups

Whenever we find a position suitable for you, we share your profile with the startup and let them get to know you.

4. Land the job of your dreams!

The startup wants to hire you! We’ll go through the contract together, to make sure everything is fine.

1. Apply

Send us an application and get feedback. If you are accepted to our talent pool, we’ll help you perfect your CV and LinkedIn. Now you are ready to land the job of your dreams!

2. Get connected with startups

Whenever we find a position suitable for you, we share your profile with the startup and let them get to know you.

3. Shine in your interview

The startup wants to interview you! We’ll help you prepare for the interview and support you throughout the process.

4. Land the job of your dreams!

The startup wants to hire you! We’ll go through the contract together, to make sure everything is fine.

5. Begin the experience of your lifetime

We’ll start the visa process, buy the flights and connect you with our community. Time to start the adventure!

Our programs

Passport

Your preparation for Takeoff

Resources and tools
Supportive community
Flights, legal support and visa
Startup job matchmaking
Personal help with CVs & portfolios
Job interview training

Takeoff

Your runway to Silicon Valley

Resources and tools
Supportive community
Flights, legal support and visa
Startup job matchmaking

Alumni testimonials

I worked at Petasense as a Business Development Manager. I managed our sales throughout the whole funnel and built it through emailing, calling, online webinars, face-to-face product presentations to potential customers. My tasks also included negotiating deals with customers and attending relevant conferences to build market and competitor knowledge. One of my favorite tasks was collaborating with product development and the engineering team on customer requests.

Miika Jokinen

Business Development Manager, Petasense

I worked at Coinbase as a Product Designer. Coinbase is a Y Combinator company that builds a platform for transacting digital currencies. At Coinbase I did UX design and web design for Coinbase’s consumer product and marketing website. I also spearheaded Coinbase’s user research initiative by organizing and conducting user testing for their web and mobile products. I ended up working for the company for almost two years. The learnings have had a massive impact on my career.

Satu Peltola

Product Designer, Coinbase

My first project at Notable Labs was to build a new backend service for storing data produced in our drug research. In parallel with this project, I also did both back- and frontend work on the internal web-based tools used by the scientists. Towards the end of my internship, I started researching machine learning models to automate a crucial bottleneck in the data analysis process, which was made possible by the data infrastructure I had already built.

Oskari Mantere

Software Engineer, Notable Labs

Being a member of Metabase’s hyper-technical team was a fascinating experience. I deeply enjoyed the level of autonomy and social support I received during my internship. I worked on almost all aspects of our frontend and got my hands dirty with the Clojure backend as well! My proudest achievement was coming up with a novel way to do frontend testing which had a huge positive impact on the stability and reliability of our product.

Atte Keinänen

Software Developer, Metabase

I worked at Upbeat PR as a software engineer. Because of our small team, I had a large number of various tasks from machine learning to UX designing. However, my main tasks were under data science-oriented backend development. I improved data scraping from the web, implemented various backend interfaces, and created a logic to match journalists for the clients’ needs. I was surprised how free I was to select the next thing to work with.

Joel Huttunen

Software Engineer, Upbeat PR

I worked on the customer facing web application, and because of our small team, I had a major ownership on it. Basically, all OneSignal dashboard feature requests and bugfixes were assigned to me. It was thrilling to continuously ship code to over 110,000 clients as feedback quickly found its way back to me.

Juuso Haavisto

Software Engineer, OneSignal

Most of my work focused on data analysis and pilot studies trying to figure out what made elite athletes prone to injury with some data importing/processing as well. I got the position on my own but luckily was accepted to the program through the on-demand side.

Emil Ala-Pietilä

Data Analysis Summer Intern, Kitman Labs

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