SUNY Program for Experiential and Entrepreneurship Development

SPEED Summer Internship Program

The SUNY Program for Experiential and Entrepreneurship Development (SPEED) Summer Internship Program offers students from any SUNY institution the opportunity to gain professional experience as an intern at a START-UP NY or Innovate 518 company in the Capital Region.

  • On-campus housing is available.
  • Many of the positions will be paid, either by stipend or hourly wage.
  • UAlbany's Center for Experiential Education staff will assist you in securing an internship.
  • While participating in this program, students will intern for a minimum of 150 on-site internship hours for approximately 12 weeks from late May through the middle of August.
  • Interns are required to enroll in a 3-credit UAlbany internship course (UUNI-289).
  • Tuition scholarships will be available to qualifying UAlbany students.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 28, 2018.

Program Eligibility:

  • Students must be enrolled at any SUNY institution (including community colleges).
  • Must have completed at least one year of higher education at your home institution.
  • 2.0+ GPA.
  • 18 years old or older.
  • Eligible to intern in the United States. International students must check practical training status by speaking with an Advisor in the Office of International Student & Scholar Services.
  • Availability to make a commitment to participate in the program from May 29 to August 17, 2018.

About START-UP NY and Innovate 518

Both START-UP NY and Innovate 518 are programs administered by Empire State Development aimed at assisting early stage to growth stage companies with a technology or innovation focus to grow and prosper in New York State. These companies will offer a unique type of internship experience, allowing students to see firsthand the work entailed to scale an emerging industry venture and to be part of a formalized public-private partnership. This is an ideal internship for students exploring entrepreneurship or wishing to experience what it is like to work for a technology-based startup.

START-UP NY helps new and expanding businesses through tax-based incentives and innovative academic partnerships.

START-UP NY approved companies with the University at Albany include the following*:

  • g.tec neurotechnology USA Inc.
  • XchangeWorx, Inc.
  • SparkShoppe, LTD.
  • Nowigence Inc.
  • PiSA Biopharm Inc.
  • TruWeather Solutions LLC
  • Branch VFX

The mission of Innovate 518 is to drive commercialization within the New York State Capital Region by leading the development of a supportive innovation infrastructure and connecting entrepreneurs to the startup ecosystem. Innovate 518 is a partnership between the University at Albany, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NYSTEC/IgniteU NY, SUNY Adirondack and the Center for Economic Growth, and is designated as a New York State Innovation Hot Spot by NYSTAR.   Innovate 518 approved companies include the following*:

  • Kagas Corporation dba Treebu
  • Lexikeet Learning, LLC
  • Sologistics, LLC
  • EcoLong
  • Thomas G Rosano PhD LLC dba National Toxicology Center
  • Hanson Grant, LLC dba Thinkboard
  • Lithoz America, LLC
  • ThermoAura, Inc.

*Please note that internship positions will not be available at all companies.

Application Information:

Complete the following forms in the SPEED application packet and submit them to UAlbany’s Center for Experiential Education at with all required application materials.

  1. General SPEED Application: Information Form & Consent Form
  2. The following additional materials must be submitted with your application:
    1. Current Resume
    2. Current Transcript - Unofficial copies of transcripts can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office.
    3. Two Letters of Recommendation OR a typed list of Three References (with contact information) – At least one recommendation letter or reference should be from a faculty member at your home institution, the second/third recommendation letter/references may be academic or professional. The Letters of Recommendation must come to us in an envelope sealed and signed over the seal by the author of the letter or emailed directly from the recommender to
    4. Personal Essay - Applications must include an essay (3 pages maximum, double-spaced) in which the applicant discusses how participating in SPEED relates to the student’s academic and career goals. Pages should be numbered and the student’s name should be at the top of each page. It is expected that essays will be proofread for grammar and spelling.

REMEMBER: Incomplete Applications will not be considered for review!

Completed applications should be submitted to UAlbany’s Center for Experiential Education by email at or delivered to the UAlbany Social Sciences building, Room 138A.

Program Selection

Representatives from UAlbany will review application materials and interview all qualified candidates in person or by phone/video chat. Program acceptance is based on the following criteria:

  • How clearly the candidate demonstrates that participating in SPEED will enhance their academic and career goals
  • Recommendations from academic and personal or professional references
  • GPA

Financial Information

  • Information about tuition and fees can be found at the UAlbany Student Accounts website.
  • Information about summer housing at UAlbany can be found on the UAlbany Housing website

Logistics of Internships:

Internships will be available at several Albany-area START-UP NY and Innovate 518 companies. Many of the positions will be paid, either by stipend or hourly wage. The Center for Experiential Education staff will assist you in securing an internship at one of the companies. While participating in this program, students are required to intern for approximately 12 weeks, from late May through the middle of August.

The internship course includes both a work and academic component. Students will also be expected to attend occasional evening workshops on entrepreneurship and professional development. More details about the academic requirements of the internship will be provided at orientation.

Registration Procedure:

Once accepted into SPEED, you will be asked to confirm your place in the program and will begin working immediately with the Center for Experiential Education to secure an internship. During UAlbany summer registration, we will work with students from both UAlbany and other SUNY institutions to help students register for the internship course. As with any other semester, registration will trigger billing for tuition and fees. The Center for Experiential Education will also be happy to help students navigate the process of applying for summer housing at UAlbany.

For International Students:

International students must secure practical training authorization from the International Student and Scholar Services Office prior to beginning your internship.

Support While in Albany:

The Center for Experiential Education is available as a resource to participants throughout the duration of the program.

Students or employers with any questions about the SPEED program should contact us at for more information.