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REIP (Entrepreneurship Intern Program)
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Rensselaer Entrepreneurship Intern Program (REIP)

Designed to assist students in understanding the opportunities and challenges of working within a startup or early stage company.

Students engage in ten-fourteen week, intensive internships with selected student start-up teams, gaining firsthand experience in working with challenges typically faced by start-ups. In turn, participating student start-ups gain the help of top-notch students with complimentary skills to their team makeup.

Currently, two options are available.





Any Rensselaer student with a minimum of
1 semester of coursework completed

Any Rensselaer student with a minimum of
1 semester of coursework completed


hourly wage



13 weeks, February thru April

10 weeks, June through mid-August


5-20 hours/week

40 hours/week

Additional student requirements

- meetings every week with Entrepreneur in Residence

- weekly meetings at Insitute's Accelerator program REVEAL


REIP Company Testimonials:

Divjot S. Narang, Managing Director,SBTIF Small Business Technology Investment Fund, Venture Capital Fund, NYSTAR: "The Severino Center provided us several highly qualified candidates to choose from. Our MBA 2010 intern was instrumental in aiding us with complex research and analysis related to new investment opportunities and to the portfolio currently held by NYSTAR-SBITF. We hope to be able to avail SBTIF to REIP enabled interns in the future”

Darius Sabavala, Managing Partner, Janus Enterprise International LLC: "REIP is an innovative concept that made it economically feasible for our company to have a well-qualified summer intern.  In a tough year for management consulting, it was a pleasure to have a bright, dedicated, hard-working colleague as a part of our team."  

REIP Student Testimonials:

Suni (Shelly) Wei ‘12 MBA: “I got the chance to know myself, discover my strengths, weaknesses and potentials. My REIP experience serves as great milestone for my career.”

Bhargavi Nagarajappa ‘11 MS MGMT: "REIP not only provides an opportunity to gain experience in start-up (entrepreneurial) companies but also gives an opportunity to discover oneself as well."

Course Instructor Testimonial:

One CEO checked out the course textbook and was so impressed with what she was learning that he had all his employees do the homework as well. The chapter dealt with Vision. To the CEOs surprise, when he asked his employees to share their understanding of the firm’s vision, they all had different answers. So they discussed and came up with one unifying vision.

Companies Seeking Interns

Qualifications: Teams must be in the start-up phase, and ready to expose students to meaningful work in the world of entrepreneurship.

If your company could benefit from this program, please complete the REIP Company Interest Form and submit it to the Severino Center Director at

Spring Program

  • Employer applications are due mid September
  • Severino Center contacts employers to discuss info session
  • Employer info sessions are held in late September
  • Interviews are held in mid-to-late October
  • Matches are confirmed by mid-to-late November

Summer Program

  • Employer applications are due in early March
  • Severino Center contacts employers to discuss info session
  • Employer info sessions are held in mid March
  • Interviews held mid-to-late March
  • Matches are confirmed by mid April

FAQ: Hiring International Students


Students Seeking Internships

If this program is of interest to you, please contact the Center
Director at to discuss the possibilities.

Winter Program

  • Resumes are due in early October
  • Interviews are held in mid October
  • Offers are made by early November
  • Internships start late December
  • Internships end in early April

Summer Program

  • Resumes are due in mid March
  • Interviews are held in mid to late March
  • Offers are made by mid April
  • Internships start early June
  • Internships end in mid August


Entrepreneurship Continuum

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