Entrepreneurial Experiences Program Scholar

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Eberly College of Science
Office of Science Engagement


Every big company or organization started small… very small. One to two people small. The dynamics and characteristics of a start-up company in its earliest days are much different than a medium or large size company. Within the definition of small, a one to fifteen person company requires a different mindset of its employees than a fifteen to thirty, or thirty to 75 person company, and beyond. The experience and skills a person develops during time with a start-up carries forward and is sought by those making hiring decisions in medium and large companies. All companies want people who have been immersed in a start-up company. What is expected of a person in a start-up company is much different. You will be called upon to do many, many tasks, most of which you will not have done before. It’s much like jumping into the deep end of the pool when learning to swim. You will work with the founders of the company on projects that directly affect the future of their company, which is most likely funded with their own savings. You will engage in all aspects of the business. Not only will you learn how companies work, you will learn how to attack and solve problems while applying the knowledge gained in your coursework and other life experiences. You will be a key member of a small team and will be in an environment of few boundaries. It’s a wonderful opportunity to exercise one on one and small group communication skills. You will be empowered to make a difference. Internships in entrepreneurial settings offer unique opportunities to integrate, expand, refine and synthesize knowledge from diverse disciplines, courses, and areas of experience. They also provide circumstances where interns can apply higher-order thinking skills (critical thinking, observation, recording, analysis, interpretation, evaluation, complex problem solving, etc.) to “real world” work situations while acquiring and refining skills in leadership, teamwork and personal accountability. During the internship, you will be supervised by the Ben Franklin Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) who is case managing the progress of over 30 young technology companies in the incubation program. You will work on projects for more than one company. Each project will have beginning and end to insure expected deliverables are clearly defined. The projects will be shaped and assigned by the EIR in conjunction with you and the Founders of the companies. Projects will vary across market sectors and business disciplines. A few examples of projects are presentations and proformas to raise capital, evaluate scientific product proposals, structure product or service offerings, evaluate potential patent positions through the USPTO, craft product category maps and analysis, perform market segmentation studies, develop market entrance strategies, draft business model canvases, or develop sales presentations. You will participate in a monthly luncheon including all companies and their employees. The group gathers to network and get updated on the progress of others along with what is happening in the entrepreneurial eco-system in the area. You will be invited to participate in all speaker series in the network and the CREN (Centre Region Entrepreneurial Network) gatherings to meet small company owners throughout the region. You will attend the graduation event for participants in the Ben Franklin TechCelerator Program, where 5-6 teams present their business concepts following 10 weeks of instruction from program leaders and guest speakers. You will meet periodically, as a group, with the Science Engagement staff to discuss challenges, program experiences, and engage in professional development activities. Students will receive periodic feedback from Science Engagement and Technology Center staff. We are looking for students who demonstrate strong motivation, enthusiasm for solving challenges, have a keen sense of curiosity, understand the directions for using a shovel are located on the handle, appreciate the value of good communication, and are comfortable without a clear roadmap. Students with an entrepreneurial mindset are a bonus. Students are expected to commit a minimum of 15-20 hours/week for two semesters and to sign up for academic credit through the Office of Science Engagement. This is a paid experience. Submit a resume, cover letter, and transcript along with the online application form. The Office of Science Engagement will review applications on a rolling basis and qualified candidates will be forwarded to the Tech Center and Ben Franklin as appropriate. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Science Engagement.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088