Beyond the Traditional Internship

Beyond the Traditional Internship

Emily Healy is studying computer science and business at the University of Virginia. She spent one month on Start Me Up’s Startup Internship Program in Bali. I did the Start Me Up internship because I wanted to do something different to a traditional internship. I...
Startups, UX and Data Analytics in Bali

Startups, UX and Data Analytics in Bali

Emma Balant, an Economic student from the UK spent one month in Bali on Start Me Up’s Startup Internship Program. Working for a startup allowed me to get involved within all aspects of the business. I began completing competitor analysis and market research for an...
Building an IoT app in Bali

Building an IoT app in Bali

Joël Ngana is 20-years-old and a 3rd year electrical engineering student at the University of Southampton in the UK. I’m currently working on an app called JamJar. It aims to help people in a co-working environment to collaborate and communicate better with each...
Data Analytics and Visualization in Bali

Data Analytics and Visualization in Bali

Rachel Wells is studying Biological Sciences at Imperial College London. She took part in Start Me Up’s one month Startup Internship Program in Bali. I decided to do a Start Me Up internship because I wanted to do something different. I don’t think there are...
6 Bad Reasons to Choose a Grad Program

6 Bad Reasons to Choose a Grad Program

People often choose careers on the flimsiest basis. Because their Dad was one. Because they like the idea of wearing a suit or a wig. Or because they can’t think of anything else. So how do you know if you are picking a career for the wrong reasons? Choosing a...
Four Books I Wish I’d Read at University

Four Books I Wish I’d Read at University

As a student I spent too long reading really old books. And while I credit the 17th century French philosophy with helping me question everything, it wasn’t that helpful when it came to making early career and life choices. So here are several books I wish I’d had the...
Career Inspiration for Historians

Career Inspiration for Historians

If there is one question that historians are probably bored of, it’s relatives asking: “What are you are going to do with a history degree, be a historian?” Helpful. Maybe you already know. Maybe you’ve already got your line about having a gap...
How to Get a Job in Startups

How to Get a Job in Startups

When I was at university, many of my contemporaries told me they planned to one day get into startups. “I’ll do a corporate job for a while and learn how the business world works and then I will be able to do anything.” Which all sounds sensible, but...
What You Can Do with a PPE Degree

What You Can Do with a PPE Degree

Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE), otherwise known as the blagger’s degree. Or is it? In the UK, students have traditionally majored in one subject. When I finished PPE, I felt like I’d spent three years not really mastering anything – except...
How to Write a Winning Motivation Letter

How to Write a Winning Motivation Letter

You may have the grades and the experience. But do you ever wonder why you didn’t make the cut? Sometimes motivation letters are what really sets you apart from other candidates; both for work and a university application. That’s why we at Start Me Up highly emphasise...
How to Start a Business After University

How to Start a Business After University

“Talk with more experienced entrepreneurs and be proactive. Go to meetups and don’t be afraid to talk about and test your ideas.” Benjamin Touboul, Founder NUSApack As a child, Benjamin had a plan. He would be an inventor. So he was disappointed to discover there were...
How I Ended up Building an App in Bali

How I Ended up Building an App in Bali

Abby Mitchell is studying a BASc:Arts and Sciences at UCL in the UK. She spent one month in Bali on Start Me Up’s Startup Internship Program.  I had my doubts about paying to do an internship, but I figured it was not really much more expensive than just going...
10 Career-Boosting Podcasts

10 Career-Boosting Podcasts

Get more insights while you’re walking, traveling or at the gym by checking out one or all of these podcasts. From startups and entrepreneurship to harnessing your creativity, here are some horizon-expanding podcasts. The Pitch A show where real entrepreneurs...
How to Get Started as a Freelancer at Uni

How to Get Started as a Freelancer at Uni

If you’re interested in pursuing a portfolio career, you’re almost certainly going to have to learn about freelancing. Freelancers often work from anywhere and work flexibly on different projects, selling work or services by the hour, day, job, etc., rather than...
In Defense of Early Career Risks

In Defense of Early Career Risks

“Taking risks worked out well for me. When you’re young you can take bigger risks career-wise. As you get older, it gets trickier.” 25-year old Arnas Goldberg didn’t take a conventional route. So it’s little surprise that he doesn’t do a conventional job. After...
Career Advice For Polymaths

Career Advice For Polymaths

“Find a thing you like and do it. Figure out what people have paid you for in the past and where that intersects with what you like. Make a list of those things and pick one that speaks to you.” Michael Burns is a professional writer, copywriter, storyteller, and...
Why Historians Make Good Programmers

Why Historians Make Good Programmers

Think you have to study computer science to a decent programmer? Think again. Jenny Ho, a British software developer did a BA and a Masters in History before becoming a full-time programmer over two years ago. As a child, she’d grown up tinkering with computers, but...
Why I Went to Bali to Use My Math Skills

Why I Went to Bali to Use My Math Skills

Max is doing a Masters of Science in Astrophysics and Physical Chemistry at UCL in London. He spent one month helping develop software for a neurotech startup in Bali as part of Start Me Up’s Startup Internship Program. I was intrigued by the idea of working for...
How to Write About Your Internship on LinkedIn

How to Write About Your Internship on LinkedIn

LinkedIn, the business networking platform with an estimated $500 million users, is a way for many people to get discovered or hired. It can also be a way to find mentors, leads or collaborators. But how do you make your profile sound amazing when your work experience...
13 Things I Learned Interning for Startups in Bali

13 Things I Learned Interning for Startups in Bali

Since arriving in Bali I’ve been on a mission to learn, create and understand as much about business while applying to my own projects (one of which is the student-focused website www.thestudentnomad.com). So I set out to teach myself what I could while gathering a...
My First 7 Days in Startups

My First 7 Days in Startups

Ryan Thorpe is getting expert mentorship for his startup idea as part of Start Me Up’s Accelerator Internship. Follow him on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/thestudentnomad/ and https://www.instagram.com/ryanjohnthorpe While stuck in the library revising for...
How to Fund a Gap Year Abroad

How to Fund a Gap Year Abroad

I like to think that I’ve mastered the art of the gap year. I’ve had three in total and found ways to be completely independent without needing money from study financing or parents. My gap year habit leads most people to assume that I’m a lazy rich kid. But I assure...
Learning Business Skills in Paradise

Learning Business Skills in Paradise

Alessandro Baldon, is studying Economics at University Ca’ Foscari of Venice, Italy. Find out how he got on during his two month Startup Internship with Start Me Up. What did you do during your internship? “I worked on different projects, including several...
Escape Trump and Brexit: Go Remote

Escape Trump and Brexit: Go Remote

Depressed about the election result? The world of remote work means you can escape bad weather, nightmare politicians and live and work anywhere with an internet connection. I’ve spent the last few years working remotely for clients, allowing me to work from Goa,...
6 Reasons to Take a Gap Year

6 Reasons to Take a Gap Year

Being from America, the idea of a “gap year” was rarely discussed or encouraged. I didn’t even realize I was on a gap year until someone pointed it out. I discovered gap years are much more common amongst people from Europe and Australia and I was excited to have...
8 Ways to Build Your Resume at University

8 Ways to Build Your Resume at University

With the rise of the internet and online applications there are are hundreds, maybe even thousands, of people applying for the same job. This can make landing your dream job nearly impossible. The key is to figure out how you can stand out from the crowd of students...
6 Awesome Reasons to Intern Abroad

6 Awesome Reasons to Intern Abroad

I’ve been interning for a startup in Bali for one month so far and I’m having the time of my life. Not only have I learned invaluable skills during my internship, I’m able to travel and explore. If you’ve been considering an internship abroad, I’ve listed out a few...
My Last Week in Bali

My Last Week in Bali

It’s my last week in Bali. So much has happened during my time here. I’ve developed countless new skills, built some amazing networks, and achieved some really big things. I can now begin to reflect on what I have accomplished over the last two months. My startup has...
My Seventh Week Interning in Bali

My Seventh Week Interning in Bali

I started the week with a sunrise walk up the Campuhan Ridge, which is just outside Ubud. It was a great way to start the day despite the 6 AM wake up. I also had to get myself spiritually prepared because today I would be getting my Tarot cards read! Now dear loyal...
What You Should Look for in an Internship

What You Should Look for in an Internship

I’m currently participating in my fifth internship, so you could say I know a thing or two about what makes a good (or bad) experience. I’m obsessed with learning new things and internships are a great way to learn new skills and find out more about a company before...
My Sixth Week Interning Abroad

My Sixth Week Interning Abroad

After a busy weekend in Uluwatu down south, we made it back to Ubud on Monday afternoon. There were quite a few things to sort out on our return. The new email marketing system which last week was sending too many emails was now sending too few emails. The application...
My Fifth Week Interning Overseas

My Fifth Week Interning Overseas

I started the week with the legendary eggs and bacon on toast from Monsieur Spoon. In a place like Ubud where everyone gets a bit too into the whole vegan diet thing, a place which does proper breakfasts is a lifesaver. In bacon we trust. As with every week, there was...
Launching a Startup in a Week

Launching a Startup in a Week

Suits, cubicles, and straight-faces are things that I’ve learned to get accustomed to. During previous internships, I’ve fixed up and looked sharp to sit at one desk to do that one task. When I got to Bali, little did I know that work would consist of people...
My Fourth Week Interning in Bali

My Fourth Week Interning in Bali

My fourth week interning in Bali has passed at lightning speed. As always I’ve met all sorts of interesting people, made some great contacts in all types of industries, achieved some amazing things and had a fantastic time while doing it. Within weeks of arriving, I...
My Third Week Interning in the Tropics

My Third Week Interning in the Tropics

Interning in the tropics doesn’t mean that Sundays were always free. I was a busy day working on my idea which was nicely taking shape. Having finished mapping the features out and re-assessing the idea, it was time I finished the prototype and got on with the...
My Second Week Interning in Paradise

My Second Week Interning in Paradise

In my first week interning in paradise, I joked that my job title during my internship was Chief Legal Officer and Chief Operations Officer. Now I’m adding Chief Marketing Officer and In-house videographer to the list. The last week saw me continue with the marketing...
My First Working Week in Bali

My First Working Week in Bali

I’ve just finished my first week in Bali, where I’m based for the next two months interning with a startup and getting mentoring to work on my own startup idea, but more about that later. The single most eye-opening part of being at Hubud, the coworking...

Your Essential Packing List for Interning in Bali

There’s a lot to think about when you’re preparing to go abroad for the first time. We want to help you make this as easy as possible, so we’ve created this helpful checklist of things to think about before you fly. There are a few things to sort out...
Why Gap Years Aren’t Just for Rich Kids

Why Gap Years Aren’t Just for Rich Kids

“Malia Obama’s ‘Gap Year’ Is Part of a Growing (and Expensive) Trend,” said Mike Mcphate of the New York Times, after it was announced that Malia Obama, daughter of Michelle and Barack, was having a gap year before she went to Harvard. Some newspapers cited costs in...
Essential Skills for Every Startup Founder

Essential Skills for Every Startup Founder

When I was younger I assumed that business founders or entrepreneurs wore suits and had lots of money but no time. But here amongst the entrepreneurial community in Bali, where I’ve been for the past year or so, zero entrepreneurs wear suits (and most don’t even wear...
Six Signs You Should Intern Abroad

Six Signs You Should Intern Abroad

There are many reasons why interning abroad is a great idea: the chance to discover a new culture, try a new cuisine (and maybe get a tan). And with flight tickets getting cheaper and staying connected easier than ever with Skype, Snapchat and Whatsapp, there’s...