UW Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship to Connect Startups and Interns | News – University of Wyoming News

August 6, 2019

two women presenting to a group

UW students Tessa Trouchon, left, and Alexandra Farkas present their business idea during the spring 2019 semester at the Wyoming Technology Business Center as part of a “New Entrepreneurial Ventures” class taught by Patrick Kreiser, the Rile Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship and Leadership in the College of Business. UW students will serve as interns for Wyoming startup businesses under a new program of the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. (UW Photo)

Startup businesses across Wyoming will have a pipeline to student interns from the University of Wyoming as a result of a new program of UW’s Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE).

Starting this summer, the IIE will provide financial support to interns working for early-stage ventures in the state.

“This program will allow our students to experience what it is like to work in the exciting entrepreneurial environment of a startup, and startup businesses will receive support from students at little or no cost,” says Jack Mason, the IIE’s chief operating officer. “Ultimately, this is about developing and retaining a high-quality workforce that can think and act entrepreneurially and innovatively.”

Startup firms are expected to identify, as a part of the position description, learning objectives and mentors to support successful learning environments for students, so they can experience the excitement of working in an entrepreneurial setting. In exchange, the firms will gain the help of students to support their needs — with the IIE providing a stipend in the form of an honorarium — and have the opportunity to develop potential future employees.

Interested firms should visit and call Mason at (307) 766-2681 or email for information on the program, guidelines for host firms and a template for defining an intern position, including learning objectives. Once positions are defined and approved, they will be posted on the IIE website as well as with career services organizations throughout the university. The IIE will promote the program and recruit students when they return in late August.


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