Are you a student looking for a unique experience this summer? We are bringing back the Summer Smasher at the Viterbi Startup Garage. The Summer Smasher is a summer program that will give you a crash course in entrepreneurship with a strong experiential component. As a student in the Summer Smasher, you will gain experience working with entrepreneurs in the field of technology and innovation. Summer Smasher is designed to teach you to think like an entrepreneur, build your project portfolio, and introduce you to the evolving and rapidly-growing start-up culture in SCilicon Beach.

Why you should apply:

  • Experience the fast-paced world of a technology startup
  • Gain immersive hands on experience at ground zero
  • Learn how to think like an entrepreneur
  • Have weekly “lab” meetings with your cohort


  • Dates: May 29, 2019 – July 26, 2019
  • Days: Monday – Friday
  • Time: 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM
  • LocationViterbi Startup Garage

Preference is given to Viterbi undergraduate and graduate students. Space is limited!

Topics covered include:  Entrepreneurial team dynamics; bootstrap marketing; hiring and employee management; how to talk to investors and technology managers; and legal and accounting basics.

Info Sessions

On February 28, we had an info session. Check out the slide deck.

We will have another info session on Thursday, March 21, from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM in EEB 132. Please RSVP so we have enough pizza!

RSVP to Info Session


Applications are due on Sunday, March 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM.


Startup Teams

The following startup teams are looking for interns through the Summer Smasher program:

2018 Experience

The Summer Smasher is an invaluable experience for me. I had the chance to work in a dynamic and fast-paced startup environment and truly understood what it took to be an entrepreneur. And, as an international student, the requirement of constantly communicating with both my company members and my “smash bros” really helped me build up my confidence in talking to people and expressing myself.
Z, Pei, 2018 Student

Key Dates

0February 2019
Info Session
0March 2019
Info Session
0March 2019
Application Deadline
0April 2019
Invitation to Match Day
0April 2019
Match Day at VSG
0May 2019
Smasher Kicks Off

Contact Information

Questions?  Please email us at

Are you a startup team interested in working with some of the students? If so, email us at