Thirtyfive Norwegian graduate students will spend the 2019 Summer in San Francisco, and we are looking for excellent Bay Area startups where they can be interns and work on interesting projects. Norwegian youth are very independent and their English skills are excellent. Most are also seasoned travelers.
The Norwegian School of Entrepreneurship is a collaboration between:
The students attend classes at U.C. Berkeley in addition to working as interns in Bay Area startups. The overall objective is to give the students a taste of entrepreneurship, to help them better understand local business culture, and to stimulate ideas that can be of value to them in the future. And of course to inspire them to be entrepreneurs and start their own business.
The program is part of the students' education and they receive credits equal to one semester from the University of Oslo upon completion. The course consists of three parts: the first part takes place in Norway in the Spring. Next they complete a 10 week Summer course at UC Berkeley while getting their startup experience through internships in the Bay Area. The third part consists of reflection sessions throughout the Summer as well as a final reflection report related to the learning outcome of their internships and networking.
Questions? Please contact Lisbeth Smestad
Quotes from participating companies:
The program runs for 10 weeks from early June to mid-August
J-1 visas are arranged by UCB
The students have full medical coverage
Classes at UCB every Friday
The students live at International House
No obligations to the startup if you don't find a match
No cost for the startup other than paying for the students’ local transportation
Max. 2 students per startup
You need to be located in the San Francisco/Berkeley area
The Norwegian School of Entrepreneurship aka Gründerskolen, started in 1999 when 6 IT-students from the University of Oslo participated in the program's pilot in San Francisco. Since then the program has grown rapidly and is averaging 150 students annually at several destinations. Destinations in 2018 are San Francisco, Houston, Boston, and Toronto. The alumni network has more than 1500 alumni, by far the biggest network of its kind in Norway.
In 2007 Gründerskolen received first prize for "Best quality in higher education" by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, and in 2006 the program received a prize for the "Best learning environment" at the University of Oslo.
All the students participating in the program have a Bachelor’s Degree, and there is a stringent selection process in Norway. Gründerskolen is open to students from all academic disciplines, but the program focuses on high-tech startups, and many of the work placements are with companies in the IT, biotech or other technology sectors. However, as the intention is specifically to learn about companies in a startup situation, it is not necessary that the students have a technical background.
You can read more about the students coming to San Francisco this Summer here: