Startup Internship Program

From Bali to Barcelona, learn business skills overseas

Want to get experience working for a startup? While you travel the globe?

  • Start Me Up runs 1-2 month work placements at startups in mind-blowingly cool spots all over the world.  

  • You don’t have to work in London or New York to learn about business with some of the best.

  • From the bamboo co-working spaces of Bali to Lisbon’s ocean vistas, you can get hands-on entrepreneurial experience and spend your weekends exploring a new country.

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“I spent a month out in Bali working on a finance based startup based in California and got exposed to much more than I expected. I was liaising with advisors and investors in Silicon Valley, helped create the startup’s marketing strategy and created an explainer video – in my first couple of weeks.”

Read Tim’s story here. 

Tim Doughty

Finance, University of Nottingham

What You’ll Get...

Placed with a startup 


Accommodation, airport transfers, and sim cards.


Unlimited access to a coworking space.


Weekly accountability meetings.


Continuous support from your startup mentor.


Work on anything between 1 and 4 projects per month.


One day immersive coding workshop.


First-week excursion eg surf trip, volcano climb or white rafting.

“I think that the word incredible would be an understatement. I applied for a marketing role and what I got was so much more than that. In my first week, I learned about coding, content writing, and web design. I probably got more out of being here for a week, than I would have during one year in a corporation.”

Read Nadhila’s story.

Nadhila Wardhana

Management and marketing, University of Leeds

Typical projects include


From Facebook advertising campaigns to influencer marketing strategies and analytics dashboards.


Be prepared to have your insights taken seriously and acted upon.



Learn from some of the world’s most innovative entrepreneurs.


Learn skils that will help you – whatever career path you choose.

“One of the great things about being here is how motivating and inspiring it is. Within just a couple of weeks of being here, all of the interns were working on their own business ideas – even though most of us had never started anything before. This is probably the best setting the work on a startup.”

Read Alpesh’s story.

Alpesh Mapara

Economics, University of Durham

Where you’ll work

We work with some of the world’s best coworking spaces.





“The most valuable thing about my internship was the connections I made and all the people I met here. There are so many people with different backgrounds and skills. This is a rare opportunity to work in an environment where you can talk to people who work in a completely different way to you. That’s the beauty of working in a coworking space. You come with your ideas and projects and get help and support with them.”

Read Alessandro’s story

Alessandro Baldon

Economics at University Ca’ Foscari, Venice

“I’m not exaggerating when I describe my experience as “life changing”. And if I had to pinpoint the best thing about my magical month in Bali, it’s the sense that right now anything seems possible.”

Read Dilek’s story. 

Dilek Demiray

Psychology, Koç University