About SVIP

Learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur

The SVIP gives newly graduating Software Engineering Students the unique experience of working in a tech company in Silicon Valley through a one-year, paid internship. The aim is that following this experience, SVIP interns will bring back a little of the Silicon Valley attitude to the entrepreneurial community in their home country. During the application process, successful applicants are matched with a startup company and will work as an integral part of their engineering team. They are paid a salary of $80,000 + benefits. The SVIP arranges a US J-1 intern or trainee visa for each SVIP participant and provides return flights to San Francisco as well as each participant’s first month of accommodation. The SVIP hosts regular ‘Meet the Entrepreneur’ and ‘Hackathon’ events, which take the SVIP participants through the company formation process from idea to revenue.

Our partner companies make a range of software products; from enterprise software to consumer offerings and even tools for developers. We aim to place each SVIP participant in a small to medium sized company where you will gain hands-on experience of day to day life in a Silicon Valley startup. This can sometimes mean that shoes in the office are optional and high-level meetings are conducted over a game of ping pong. In Silicon Valley, companies are agile and move quickly. You may even get to be a part of a real Silicon Valley success story; we’ve had SVIPers see their companies IPO, go through high profile acquisitions and of course, pivot.

Our University Partners

Meet our Volunteer Team

Michael Hughes MBE

Founder

Monica Bishop

Program Manager

Don Collins

Program Manager

Ata Yardimci

Software Engineer

Azeezat Raheem

Software Engineer

Christos Vasilopoulos

Software Engineer

Kolya Krafeld

Software Engineer

Rashmi Nagpal

Software Engineer

Rassul Khassen

Software Engineer

Simon Ellershaw

Machine Learning Engineer

Viktor Meyer

Software Engineer

Zygimantas Koncius

Software Engineer