Host a Pod

SMASH ACADEMY 

SMASH RISING

From SMASH Academy to SMASH Rising:

Internship preparation and early workplace exposure

SMASH Rising places teams of SMASH alumni at workplaces to provide internship preparation and workplace exposure early in their college careers.  

This is a paid internship for SMASH Academy Alumni entering their first, second and third years of college.  The program, supported by dedicated project managers, allows Scholar-Intern teams to put the skills developed at SMASH Academy into action.

How SMASH Rising Works:

 
PARTNER
SMASH partners up with industry leaders.

BUILD A POD
SMASH carefully selects and prepares a teams of interns and project managers.
SOLVE
For 5 weeks, alumni teams work together on-site, use Design & Prototype Thinking to solve real challenges facing our partners.

LEARN
Fridays are dedicated to professional development and civic engagement.

PRESENT
Teams present their solutions at the end of the program.

SMASH Rising Impact

Decades of social science research shows that students – especially underrepresented students of color – retain knowledge better when they can connect to what they learn and apply it to the world around them.

SMASH Rising participants have shown significant growth in overall self-efficacy (e.g. confidence), critical thinking and connection to STEM fields.

SMASH Rising Timeline