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:

SMASH partners up with industry leaders.

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

Fridays are dedicated to professional development and civic engagement.

Teams present their solutions at the end of the program.


The SMASH Rising application opens December 1st, 2020 and will close on January 22, 2021.

SMASH Rising Timeline

Scholar-Intern Application Process

Interested students complete a multi-part application process which includes: essay responses, an online video interview, and a review of the student’s experience in SMASH Academy.

The SMASH Rising team handles all of the logistics in supporting selection and pod placement.


SMASH Rising offers paid and unpaid internships. Please see this page for more information on compensation per site. If you are not eligible to work in the U.S., please email us at: to learn more about internship opportunities. 

Dates + Location

Our summer internship will begin on June 21. Please visit this page for more detailed information about end dates and length of internship. Additionally, all partners will be hosting virtual internships. All internship dates are mandatory. 

Please email us at if you have any questions.

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), STEM career exploration, computational skill + critical thinking.