startup summer

get paid to intern at your own college startup!


Startup Summer is a chance for Indiana collegiate founders to work full time getting their startup up and off the ground—and to get paid for it! Students from any university or college in Indiana are eligible. You do have to be in Bloomington during the summer to participate (we’ll share some housing recommendations if you’re applying from out of town).

Here’s how it works. We’ll give you a full-time membership to The Mill, and you’ll come in 30 hours a week (we’re flexible on when, but you do need to be here in person). The program runs May 17-July 26, but your membership will start May 1 and run through August 30 to be sure you can make the most of it.

You’ll get ten weeks of individualized support for your startup. Mentoring from experts and entrepreneurs. Weekly lunch & learns with your peers. Leadership opportunities to be a mentor yourself. The chance to pitch local angel investors and get feedback. Social events with other founders. Immersion into fun summer life in Bloomington, Indiana’s best college town (if we do say so ourselves!).

Startup Summer is going to be the most fun, meaningful summer you’ve had in a long time. Seize the chance to devote your work to what excites you most: your startup!

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10 weeks, May 17-July 26, 2023

You’ll spend about 30 hours a week participating in program activities and growing your company.

$4,000+ stipend

Stipends require full program completion and range from $4,000 to $4,500. The program takes place in Bloomington, Indiana.

1:1 Support for your startup

We’ll help you set individualized goals to take your collegiate startup to the next level.

November 11, 2022 Deadline

Be sure to apply by November 11 to be considered for the 2023 cohort. Space is limited!


To participate in Startup Summer, you must be a currently enrolled student at a college or university in Indiana, and you’ll need to be in Bloomington over the summer of 2023. This isn’t a remote program. Your startup should have an MVP or be ready to launch. You might even have an up & running business already.

A panel of esteemed experts in entrepreneurship, business, and investing will conduct a blind review of all applications. Then we’ll use their recommendations to select participants. Got a cofounder? Apply together!

Need to work another job too? That’s OK—we know you’ve got hustle. Outside of the weekly group meetings with experts, you can schedule your 30 hours a week to suit your needs. Come in early, come in late, work weekends, it’s all good as long as you get in your time.


current Indiana college students

Co-founders can apply together (only one of you needs to fill out the form). We love working with great teams!


in bloomington for summer 2023

You’ll need to be at The Mill 30 hours a week, but we’re flexible on when. We’ve got housing recommendations if you need them.


MVP or LAUnCH ready

If you’re still at the idea phase, it’s too soon to apply. Ready to launch or up & running? Perfect!

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