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: June 7, 2021 – July 30, 2021
  • Days: Monday – Friday
  • Time: 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Location: Virtual

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

An info session was held on Thursday, March 4, 2021. To learn more, check out the video from the info session.

Info Session Video


Applications are due on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at 11:59 PM.

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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 2021
Info Session
0February 2021
Info Session
0March 2021
Application Deadline
0April 2021
Invitation to Match Day
0April 2021
Match Day
0June 2021
Smasher Kicks Off

Contact Information

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