SMASH Rising

SMASH Rising

SMASH Rising is our career readiness program for SMASH alumni entering their first or second year of college. In partnership with our industry allies, who range from large tech leaders to research centers, SMASH Rising gives alumni access to cutting-edge companies where they gain real-world experience, learn problem-solving skills and build their network.

Alumni teams participating in SMASH Rising use design and prototype thinking to solve relevant challenges facing these organizations and put the skills they’ve honed at the Academy into action. The program takes place during the summer and each pod will have a Project Manager who will lead and support alumni throughout the 4-week experience.

The SMASH Rising 2018 application
is now closed.

If you have missed the deadline or are not eligible to apply to SMASH, find out about alternate programs to consider.

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Our Company Partners

If you’re interested in becoming a SMASH Rising company partner, please email Sivan Levaton, Alumni Programs + Partnerships Director at

Eligibility Requirements

You must meet all of the requirements below in order to apply to SMASH Rising.
Year: Current high school senior (rising first-year college student) or current first-year college student (rising second-year college student)
Site: SMASH Alumni (Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA)
Academics: High school GPA of 3.5 (cumulative Grade Point Average) or college GPA of 3.0 (first-term Grade Point Average)
Location: Reside in the Bay Area or be willing to relocate for the entire duration of the SMASH Rising experience (reference: dates below)
Passion: Excited to work collaboratively with a team, a desire to professionally strengthen critical thinking, civic awareness, leadership and sense of social responsibility
Career: A career interest in business, technology, or research across any wide range of functions and industries

Target Applicants

The criteria below describes who we aim to serve, however, applicants do not need to fulfill any or all of the criteria to apply to SMASH Rising.
SMASH: Completed three years of SMASH Academy (at Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA)
Top 50: Currently attend a Top 50 University (reference: U.S. News World Report list)
STEM: Inspired by science, technology, engineering, math (STEM)  or strong interest in STEM career
From groups traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics: African American, Chicano/Latinx, Native American, Filipino, Pacific Islander, Southeast Asian (i.e. Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, Vietnamese) or mixed race/multiracial groups with at least one parent from the above ethnicities
First-generation college student: This means that neither one of your parents received a bachelor’s or 4-year degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university in the United States. If you have a sibling in college you are still first generation. If your parents took some courses, but did not complete a degree you are still considered first generation

2018 Rising Dates

Onboarding/Training dates*:
June 25th – June 29th
SMASH Rising Program/Internship dates:
July 9th – August 3rd
*Attendance is mandatory. If you have any questions about attendance and your availability, please email Sivan Levaton


The 2018 SMASH Rising application is now closed.
If you have missed the deadline or are not eligible to apply to SMASH, find out about alternate programs to consider here.

Work at SMASH

The Programs Team at SMASH will be seeking high-energy professionals to join our SMASH Rising team as Project Managers. Please apply here.