By Lisbeth Smestad, Program Manager at Innovation Norway SF/Silicon Valley
The Norwegian School of Entrepreneurship aka Gründerskolen just completed its 19th program in San Francisco last month. Gründerskolen is a work-study program for Norwegian graduate students that was launched in San Francisco in 1999. This summer 35 students spent 10 weeks interning at local startups while taking a class in entrepreneurship and innovation at UC Berkeley designed especially for them.
Our objective is to inspire them to start their own businesses and to gain insight in order to become better entrepreneurs --- and possibly come back to Silicon Valley to join our TINC program or the YCombinator! Yes, is has happened to our alumni.
Many companies offering these internships have been part of the program for years, and newcomers tend to be positively impressed by the interns they get.
“Our intern completely exceeded expectations! His dedication, work ethic and willingness to take initiative was extremely impressive! We would love to participate in this program again next year!”
It is a win-win for both the employer and for the intern who gets invaluable experience working in the competitive environment of Silicon Valley.
This is an experience that helps young people tip their toes in the world of entrepreneurship, in the best possible environment.
“Friends for life, invaluable experiences from life in a start-up, comprehensive knowledge of entrepreneurship and a ton of great memories. That's what I brought home from Gründerskolen.”
"People keep expecting that 'Aha!-moment', there is no aha-moment, you just got to get started, and then you will learn as you go."
You can read about the program here. We also welcome your participation! If you are startup interested in interns next summer sign up here. You need to be located approx. half an hour commuting distance to UC Berkeley where they will live during their stay. Questions? Please contact Lisbeth Smestad at firstname.lastname@example.org