Shea Center’s summer stipends help students intern with startups
One student’s internship led to a longer-term job with NYC healthcare startup
New York City, as everyone knows, is notoriously expensive—so costly that, after Mike Perry ’18 landed an internship there last summer, he considered commuting daily from his hometown, Freehold, N.J., rather than renting a room in the city. That’s no easy trek—it takes an hour and a half each way on a bus.
But a summer-internship stipend from the Shea Center for Entrepreneurship let him skip the long slog and live in New York. The $1,000 Perry received meant he could sublet a room.
He put his freed-up hours to good use. Besides working at Handy, a home-cleaning startup, he networked with marketers at other companies. That led to a part-time job at Flatiron Health, also in New York. Perry started working at the health software company three days after his internship at Handy ended and continues to do so. He works remotely on Mondays and Fridays as a marketing assistant.
Perry’s entrée to Flatiron was an e-mail he sent to the marketing director, who suggested they have coffee at her office. “I told her about my experience at Handy,” he said. “That would’ve never happened without the stipend. I wouldn’t have had time to network with people outside of work.”
Perry aims to be a marketer for a startup or tech company once he graduates from BC next year. He landed at Handy thanks to his friendship with Paul Hillen ’15, who is part of the company’s growth marketing team.
To receive summer stipends, BC students must apply to the Shea Center, said Assistant Director Kelsey Kinton. The center staff decides whether an internship qualifies and interviews applicants about their plans, she said. This past summer, 25 students received the stipends.
“A lot of startups don’t have the funds to pay interns, or they’re not paying as much as the bigger companies,” said Kinton. The stipends let students try something they might not otherwise be able to afford.
The internships must last at least six weeks or 200 hours, she said. Stipend recipients must check in with Kinton three times during the summer and write three blog posts.