Virtual Internship Program - Online Career Prep Tools & Distanced Learning - Upkey

Upkey internships

Welcome to Upkey’s Virtual Internship Program (VIP)

Application for Fall 2020 is now open!

Apply now!

Upkey has given me the tools, resources, motivation, and confidence to start my career on my terms.
Kathryn Ramirez, Loyola University Chicago, Upkey intern

Upkey logo with students

10,000 Students

Each Quarter, we seek 10,000 ambitious students to join our global entrepreneurship and leadership initiative. This exciting and much needed plan will provide students:

  • Real-world leadership
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leading career development
  • Experiential learning opportunities

through project-based learning and a series of micro-internships across various business functions.

What do you get out of Upkey’s VIP?

Learn illustration
Learn entrepreneurship, leadership and career readiness skills from experts and completing hands-on projects.
Connect illustration
Connect with leading companies, entrepreneurs, top professors, executives and mentors who have been in your shoes before and will support your growth.
Grow illustration
Grow your network. On average, students triple their network and connections in 8 weeks or less.

So, who’s eligible?

Current College Students, Recent Grads, or High-school Seniors ambitious to learn new skills in the following topics:

Industry Skills:

  • General Business
  • Marketing
  • Research
  • Education
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Technology
  • Entrepreneurship

Timeless Skills:

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the workplace
  • Design Thinking: Innovation and Creativity
  • Financial Literacy
  • Business Ethics and Corporate Responsibility
  • Building Virtual Social Capital
  • Leading in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Get Paired with Leading Companies

Industries Represented: Note that we are currently working
to partner with more leading companies to provide more
focused and niche project experiences.

Click on the topic to see our past VIP projects related to each category


  • Impacting Climate Change Through Fintech
  • Analyzing Corporate Funding for Youth Homelessness by Dream Kit
  • Stock Pitch
  • Finance and Data Analysis by World Business Chicago (WBC)
  • Finance and Customer Acquisition by Nightingale
  • Stock Exchange “Bell-equivalent” by LTSE


  • Early Stage Consumer Software Product Development
  • New Product Development by Upkey
  • Product Management by LRNG
  • Virtual Reality Industry & Competitor Analysis by Praxis Labs
  • Various Tech Projects by Colloqui


  • Marketing and Product-Market Fit by Nightingale
  • Social Media Strategy by Gift Card Bank
  • Subscription Box Product Sourcing and Manufacturing Research Report by Lelu
  • Decarbonizing Shipping by Verne


  • Social Media and User Behavior Analysis by Sage
  • Marketing Strategy by Presently
  • Marketing Research for Women’s Negotiation Education
  • Marketing and User Behavior Analysis by Kindred


  • The Unexpected Value of Giving Unsolicited
  • User Research & Strategy for New Product by Fur Sure
  • Daymaker Competitive & Partner Analysis by Day Maker
  • Market Entry and Research by World Business Chicago (WBC)


  • What If Global Campaign by Weaving Lab
  • Where Women Find and Own Their Power by Power Posse
  • Market Landscape Research by Thrive
  • Education Landscape Analysis by University Innovation Alliance (UIA)
  • Adaptive Communication by Journeous


Upkey logo with students Prithika Hariharan
I have absolutely loved my experience with Upkey so far. It has been so exciting to have the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals all across the globe.
Prithika Hariharan
Bachelor of Applied Science - BASc, Management Engineering, University of Waterloo
Upkey logo with students
I am grateful to have had the opportunity to partake in this program and would recommend it for ambitious students who may not know where to start when it comes to determining their careers and establishing themselves in their fields.
Jeffrey Clarke
Bachelor of Computer Science, Hamilton College
Upkey logo with students
... This virtual experience is proof of the many students and organizations willing to work as a team during hard times.
Wanda Lopez
Bachelor of Science - BS, Psychology, Excelsior College

Fall 2020 Program Details

  • Start Date : 5th October, 2020
  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Time Commitment Required: 8-12 hours per week (Must be able to attend 5 hours of live sessions each week in CST)
  • Optional College Credit: You have an option to receive three (3) elective transferable college credits from Trinity Christian College ($100 admin fee may be required by Trinity for transferring the credits if you choose to receive them)
  • VIP Program Fee: Free for students

Apply below!

Include 1-2 paragraph(s) on why you would like to join this program and
what you think our program can do for your professional development?

We have received your application! You'll get an email with further instructions shortly.

Get to know VIP better