MEC Launches Internships for Student Entrepreneurs

Posted: September 19, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

Thanks to a $70,000 grant from the prestigious Kauffman Foundation, the Mason Enterprise Center (MEC) is offering George Mason students the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial interests and skills through internships with area start-up technology companies.

The internships, open to undergraduate or graduate students in any discipline, match students with small technology companies that are affiliated with the Enterprise Center either through its TechVenture Partnership or other programs that provide services to help early-stage technology entrepreneurs build their companies. Students will gain experience with the day-to-day reality of starting and running a business, and will receive a $3,500 stipend as part of the internship.

This fall students are being recruited from the School of Management, the School of Information Technology and Engineering, the School of Public Policy, the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Art and Visual Technology program, and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Public and International Affairs and New Century College. To date, five students have been selected and assigned to companies. A second recruiting period begins in October with the goal of adding 10 students for the spring semester. Students interested in participating in the spring semester should watch for an announcement on the Mason Enterprise Center web site or for information disseminated by their school.

Receiving this grant from the premier supporter of entrepreneurship education is a coup for the center and the university, says Roger Stough, director of the Mason Enterprise Center. He notes that the internships reinforce the Enterprise Center’s thrust toward integrating entrepreneurship throughout the university’s curriculum.

Universities and entrepreneurship organizations nationwide are selected to participate in the Kauffman Entrepreneur Internship Program through a formal grant application process. For more information, visit the program’s web site.

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