The Summer Startup Internship Program

The Summer Startup Internship Program provides students with the rare experience of working at early-stage startups in the real world.


In this pilot program, students at The Garage now have the unique opportunity to sharpen their skills as founders and gain valuable real-world experience working at an early-stage startup founded by alumni of Northwestern University.

Featured Internship Opportunities

Amper Technologies, Inc.
Based in Chicago, IL | 40 Employees | $15M Funding
Founded by
Akshat Thirani '16

Amper's FactoryOS empowers manufacturers to run world-class operations with modern software and IoT technology.

Offering a Finance & GTM Operations Internship
As a Finance & GTM Operations Intern at Amper, you’ll gain exposure to a wide variety of business functions and have the exclusive opportunity to “look under the hood” of a Series A startup. On the Finance side, you’ll work on projects in FP&A, accounting, and financing strategy/execution. For GTM Operations, you’ll work with our Sales, Marketing, and Customer Success teams to improve decision-making and operational efficiency. If you’re a problem solver who is intellectually curious and you want to experience working at a fast-paced tech startup, look no further – this opportunity is for you.

Based in San Francisco, CA | 10 Employees | $6M Seed
Founded by
Sonia Nigam '17 & Amar Shah '17

Change is a donation processing platform that works with companies like Mars, Brex, and Jackpocket to streamline customer-facing giving campaigns.

Offering a Go-to-Market Internship
At Change, we're on a mission to redefine how every online donation is processed. We’re backed by amazing investors like NEA, Freestyle, and Sequoia, and work with companies like Mars, Brex, and Jackpocket. We're looking for a Go-to-Market Intern to join our dynamic, scrappy team. Your responsibilities will encompass a broad range of activities including developing new growth marketing strategies, creating sales collateral, conducting market analysis, and more. This role is perfect for someone who is passionate about making a tangible difference and ready to contribute to a range of high-impact projects in a fast-paced startup environment.

Le Alfré
Based in New York, NY | 3 Employees
Founded by
Brandon Snower '19

Le Alfré is New York's next generation of classic menswear adding a cool and playful approach to old-school classics, combining traditional European craftsmanship with a fresh, modern vibe.

Offering an Operations Analyst Internship
This is an on-site role working with a fast-paced, exciting and ambitious team of 3 right in the middle of New York. This role will be in person (Monday - Friday). The Operations Analyst will have a unique opportunity to work directly with our founder with the responsibility of assisting with the day-to-day operations of the business. You will be overseeing and taking over all website management including new product launches, AB testing, site merchandising as well as inventory management, order fulfillment, data analytics, and handle all club member / customer service inquires. The Operations Analyst will also assist with operations management and organizational tasks with e-commerce platforms like Shopify, Shipstation, Gorgias, etc. Additional tasks include in-store sales with clients, helping out with photoshoots and videoshoots around New York, The Hamptons, Nantucket, etc.

Featured Interns

Elizabeth Savin, McCormick '26
Finance & GTM Operations Intern at Amper

Elizabeth is a Manufacturing and Design Engineering major who is pursuing an Integrated Marketing and Communications certificate through the Medill School of Journalism. She has always loved startups and is so grateful to have access to such amazing opportunities with The Garage. Her interest lies at the intersection of Human Centered Design and business development.

This summer, Elizabeth is working to help automate the quote to cash process at Amper. This includes implementing new technologies and creating alternate methods for steps like quote creation, revenue recognition, and more! "One of my favorite things has been the opportunity to participate in meetings across different departments. The team has been incredible and I am so excited about continuing to collaborate with my colleagues," shared Elizabeth.

Aman Shaikh, McCormick '24
Go-to-Market Intern at Change

Aman is a dynamic and innovative professional with over four years of experience in business analysis, product management, and strategy. He is currently pursuing a Master of Engineering Management at Northwestern University, leveraging first-principle thinking to solve complex problems and drive process optimization. His diverse background spans fintech, SaaS, and R&D.

This summer, Aman is working as a GTM Strategy Intern at Change, a dynamic startup in San Francisco. In this role, he's developing targeted value propositions, crafting messaging, and creating sales enablement strategies for various buyer personas as part of drafting a comprehensive GTM roadmap. He's also diving deep into competitive analysis, evaluating products, pricing, and market positioning strategies. This involves close collaboration with the marketing and product teams, streamlining processes, and reducing time-to-market for new initiatives.

Joshua Charles, Weinberg '27
Operations Analyst Intern at Le Alfré

Joshua is a rising sophomore studying Economics and Business Institutions at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. He was born and raised on Long Island, New York. On campus, he's involved in Alpha Kappa Psi, For Members Only, and NU Heights.

This summer, Joshua is interning at Le Alfre, located just south of Times Square, where he is an operations analyst. He works directly with founders on order fulfillment, customer service, and inventory management. Some of his responsibilities include packaging orders, tracking inventory, handling returns, and all other customer inquiries. He's also learning about the retail industry, ranging from how to conduct business with factories to maintaining a loyal customer base.

The Benefits

Rich Experiences

Students benefit from working at an early-stage startup - in a position in their desired field, in an industry they're interested in.

Marketable Skills

Students walk away with skills that can be applied to their own startups, or in future positions in the workforce.

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Students are matched with a startup they're interested in, and benefit from the experience of working directly with founders.

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