What is SUNY Program for Experiential & Entrepreneurial Development (SPEED)?
SPEED provides SUNY students with opportunities to explore entrepreneurship and learn about life at a startup or small business.
UAlbany’s Minerva Center for High Impact Learning and Office of Economic Development work together to offer a summer internship program, as well as entrepreneurship events throughout the year and other programs to SUNY students.
Apply for a SPEED Summer Internship
Our summer internship program places students at companies supported by START UP-NY, as well as other small- to medium-sized Capital Region organizations.
START-UP NY is an Empire State Development program that offers tax-based incentives and academic partnerships to new or growing companies focused on technology and innovation.
While most internships focus on technology, computer science, innovation and business development, the program is open to students from all academic disciplines.
To be eligible to apply, you must:
Be enrolled at any two- or four-year SUNY institution
Have at least sophomore status by the time the internship begins (first-year students may apply)
Have at least a 2.0 overall GPA
Be at least 18 years old
Be available for a full 12-week program from late May to mid-August
Be eligible to intern in the United States:
UAlbany international students must secure practical training status by speaking with an International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) advisor before beginning the internship program.
International students from other SUNY institutions must connect with international student services at their home institution.
Note: Applications are currently closed.
You must complete the SPEED Summer Internship Application. Be prepared to submit a current resume and a personal essay.
In your essay, please discuss how participating in SPEED relates to your academic and career goals.
The essay must be no more than three pages. It should be double spaced and proofread. Each page must be numbered and include your name in the top margin.
Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered.
UAlbany faculty and staff review applications before interviewing all qualified candidates in person, by phone or via video chat.
Selection is based on candidates’ academic qualifications and how clearly candidates demonstrate that participating in the program will enhance their academic and career goals.