Experience startup life in a new culture

Startuplifers is an internship program that connects talented Nordic students and promising startups in San Francisco and Singapore. We believe, that going to work at these startup hubs is a one-of-a-kind chance to boost your career, learn a lot in a short period and change your way of thinking.

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?

Apply to our talent pool and get introduced to startups in San Francisco and Singapore

Our applications are open throughout the year. However, we recommend that at the time of applying you would be ready to start working within 6 months. If you are selected, we will help you perfect your application, CV and LinkedIn. Once your profile is ready to go, Startuplifers will send it to startups participating in the program who have job openings that match your skills and experience. Then it’s up to the startups to decide who they want to interview.

In every part of the process, the Startuplifers team and the entire community will be there for you. They will ensure that you receive the best tips and 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 on top of that. We only expect activeness and enthusiasm from our applicants. Now the only thing there is left for you to do, is pushing the apply button.

Hand-selected startup

3-18 -month long internships to accelerate your professional and personal growth while having the time of your life

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 both in Singapore and San Francisco. In addition, all the costs are covered by us, so no need to worry about expensive visas and flights!

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 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!

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!

In addition to our normal process, you can also score a startup job on your own and get financial side covered by us. Read more about On Demand track here. Good places to start are for example AngelList, Crunchbase, and Techcrunch. If you land the job, we’ll help you out with all the practical stuff just like we do in the normal process!

Apply to the 2019 talent pool!

Send your application for a chance to be selected to the talent pool.

Alumni testimonials

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

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.

Satu Peltola

Product Designer, Coinbase

Managing sales from start to finish. Building sales funnel through emailing, calling, online webinars, face-to-face product presentations to potential customers and exhibiting at industrial conferences. Negotiating deals with customers. Attending relevant conferences to build market and competitor knowledge. Collaborating with product development and the engineering team on customer requests.

Miika Jokinen

Business Development Manager, Petasense

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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