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How interested is everyone in working at a startup?

Hi,

I'm starting a project to connect students with startups. My thinking is that, as I was an undergrad student, it was really difficult to find an internship as they all require high-experience which I didn't have. I did a science degree but I was interested in business development so I was keen to find something related to the field to do. Companies that saved my life were startups since they didn't require much experience but most roles were also unpaid. But I was grateful for the experience anyway though. I wouldn't have been sure I like business if I didn't join them.

Now that I'm starting a project to help connect students with startups, there has been an issue around unpaid projects/internships but to be fair because startups don't have much investment. I see value in getting small tasks (i.e., market research, competitor analysis etc) that students with any background can get started on and to give purpose for them to start learning the skills to complete those tasks.

My questions are
1. Are students happy to take on small tasks from startups as learning experience (of course startups have to provide a reference letter for students in the end at the very least)
2. Given startups can't pay much, are there any other types of compensation you think would be valuable?

I personally see value in this project but I would also like to make it fair for both sides too so I wanted to hear from students.

Thank you. Feel free to hit me up if you would like to have a chat :smile:)
Original post by Nook14_s
Hi,
I'm starting a project to connect students with startups. My thinking is that, as I was an undergrad student, it was really difficult to find an internship as they all require high-experience which I didn't have. I did a science degree but I was interested in business development so I was keen to find something related to the field to do. Companies that saved my life were startups since they didn't require much experience but most roles were also unpaid. But I was grateful for the experience anyway though. I wouldn't have been sure I like business if I didn't join them.
Now that I'm starting a project to help connect students with startups, there has been an issue around unpaid projects/internships but to be fair because startups don't have much investment. I see value in getting small tasks (i.e., market research, competitor analysis etc) that students with any background can get started on and to give purpose for them to start learning the skills to complete those tasks.
My questions are
1. Are students happy to take on small tasks from startups as learning experience (of course startups have to provide a reference letter for students in the end at the very least)
2. Given startups can't pay much, are there any other types of compensation you think would be valuable?
I personally see value in this project but I would also like to make it fair for both sides too so I wanted to hear from students.
Thank you. Feel free to hit me up if you would like to have a chat :smile:)

I am a student but at the same time I have also worked for startups, so:

1.

I have mixed feelings about giving my input

2.

I am not sure if my contribution would be of any benefit to what you are looking for

Let me know and I would answer accordingly.

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