One-line solution summary:
Symba is the leading remote internship platform connecting companies with the best talent from anywhere in the world.
Pitch your solution.
Symba, an all-female founded tech startup, is the leading remote internship platform. The team has designed 5000+ internship experiences, partnered with over 450 universities, and was featured in the Washington Post and TechCrunch as a leader in the remote internship movement.
Symba’s Matchmaking and Management platforms connect companies with remote interns and supports the management and measurement of the remote internship experience.
Led by a young and diverse team, Symba is building a platform with a purpose—to open up the workforce. Symba helps businesses adapt to the future of work—adopting remote operations, investing in the next generation of talent, and committing to diversity and inclusion.
What specific problem are you solving?
“Internships are suppose to open doors. But what happens when they are only accessible to those who can afford to work for free?” - The Atlantic
We understand that internships have many problems, but Symba strives to address the financial burdens students undertake when they intern. According to the Wall Street Journal, a summer internship in New York City can cost an intern up to $10,000.
Because of the costly nature of internships, many students are shunned and often unable to participate in these valuable learning experiences (Huffington Post). This makes internships only attainable to students who have the financial opportunity to work for free and prevents representation of students from all socioeconomic backgrounds.
What is your solution?
1. Organizations post remote internships on Symba and students create profiles to apply to these remote internships. Symba’s platform incorporates proprietary algorithms to enable the best matching of students to domestic and international organizations.
2. After Symba makes the internship match, Symba’s comprehensive internship platform helps organizations manage the logistics of having a remote intern from onboarding, project assignment, communication tools and feedback mechanisms. This is our special sauce! Our proprietary software saves organizations the time, cost, and hassles that come along with having internship programs.
Who does your solution serve, and in what ways will the solution impact their lives?
With Symba, students do not need to pay to relocate, housing, transportation and other related internship costs. By connecting students to remote internships with organizations, students can use their laptop to access internships around the world year round. In this way, Symba tackles the financial burdens students face when undertaking internships.
By addressing this pain point of internships, Symba is confident that more students will have the opportunity to intern and advance their career.
Explain how the problem, your solution, and your solution’s target population relate to the Challenge and your selected dimension.
The future of work is here and it demands the adoption of virtual operations, an investment in the next generation of talent, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Symba helps businesses recruit and engage interns—remotely—improving the accessibility of internships for young professionals and expanding the talent pool, reducing overhead, and building the foundation for companies’ future.
In what city, town, or region is your solution team headquartered?San Francisco, CA, USA
What is your solution’s stage of development?Growth: An organization with an established product, service, or business model rolled out in one or, ideally, several communities, which is poised for further growth
Who is the primary delegate for your solution?
Which of the following categories best describes your solution?A new business model or process
Describe what makes your solution innovative.
Symba is not just a matchmaking service. We are a comprehensive platform and one stop shop to streamline the entire internship process to ensure success of remote internships. In this way, Symba gives organizations and students all the resources to engage in a valuable internship experience.
Symba is a lean startup that exclusively focuses on remote internships to harness the power of technology to reduce the costs associated with interning.
We are currently working with the largest virtual internship program with the Federal government/US Department of State for our beta test. With over 2,000 users, we have the amazing opportunity to learn from a variety of users and iterate our product to make sure it does answer the needs of users from a wide range and make our platform truly inclusive
Our all female founding team are composed of recent graduates and has done over 20 internships combined. This demonstrates that we have a full grasp on our audience and the need for a our product. We all wish we had Symba when we were in college!
- Ahva Sadeghi Co-Founder & CEO, Symba