The SVIP gives newly graduating Software Engineering Students (and related disciplines) the unique experience of working with hot tech companies in Silicon Valley through a one-year paid internship. The aim is that through this experience, SVIP interns will pick up and bring back a little bit of the Silicon Valley culture to the entrepreneurial community at home. Successful applicants are matched with a high growth tech company in the Bay Area and will work as an integral part of their engineering team. They are paid a salary of $80,000 for the year. SVIP arranges for US work visas, provides flights to and from San Francisco and organises each candidate’s first month of accommodation. In addition to this, the SVIP hosts monthly ‘Meet the Entrepreneur’ and ‘Hackathon’ events, which take the SVIPers through the company formation process from idea to revenue.
The SVIP Team is a group of volunteers who want to give back to the entrepreneurial community and create a programme that helps to spread innovation, diversity, and entrepreneurship around the world.
Applications for 2020 are now closed
You will be a full-time member of the company’s engineering team.
You will work hand in hand with the company’s teams learning first-hand the highs and lows of life in a fast growing technology company in the beating heart of Silicon Valley.
You will learn programming techniques and organizational structures to deliver commercial code in a high stakes environment.
You will learn from prominent entrepreneurs and venture capitalists in monthly ‘Meet the Entrepreneur’ interviews.
You will build a company from idea to launch through a sequence of monthly, weekend-long educational sessions or hackathons where industry experts and mentors will work with you and your teams towards success.
The programme culminates with the SVIP teams pitching their ideas to a panel of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.
Complete the application, where you’ll be required to submit your CV, tell us about an interesting technical project you’ve worked on and demonstrate your entrepreneurial drive. Be sure to make your application stand out – we receive a lot!
After the application, you will be required to take an approximately 2 hour coding test. This test will be used to assess your software development skills and will help us to find the best match between you and a sponsoring company.
ANY APPLICATION WHERE THE CODE TEST IS INCOMPLETE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR THE PROGRAMME.
If successful, you’ll be invited to interview with SVIP. We’ll ask all about your technical passions and entrepreneurial aspirations before passing you through to interview with Bay Area startups. SVIP will help to match you with the companies that we feel align best with your interests.
A global movement across 35+ countries. SVIP brings together a diverse group of engineers from around the world with female engineers making up 50% of the cohort. Our mission is to support diverse technical founders to turn their vision into reality by giving them the tools, experiences and network they need to flourish and create social and economic impact in their home countries.