SMASH Rising


What is SMASH Rising?

SMASH Rising is a 4-week early exposure experience for SMASH alumni to gain access to the workplace and begin building skills to succeed in STEM. Using design + prototype thinking, alumni will work to solve relevant challenges being experienced by our company partners. Alumni will have the opportunity to intern at top-tech companies and participate in weekly seminars to further prepare them to establish and excel in a STEM career between June and July 2018.

Each team will have a Project Manager who will lead and support alumni throughout the 4-week experience.

The pod can effectively be seen as an internal pop-up innovation lab for company partners.

The application for SMASH Rising 2018 is now open!
Deadline is February 16, 2018.

Apply here



Our Partners

Partners will be announced in 2018… stay tuned!

If you’re interested in becoming a SMASH Rising company partner, please email Sivan Levaton, Alumni Programs + Partnerships Director at:

Eligibility Requirements

You must meet all of the requirements below in order to apply to SMASH Rising.

  • Year: Current high school senior (rising first-year college student) or current first-year college student (rising second-year college student)
  • Site: SMASH Alumnus (Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA)
  • Academics: High school GPA of 3.5 (cumulative Grade Point Average) or college GPA of 3.0 (first-term Grade Point Average)
  • Location: Reside in the Bay Area or be willing to relocate for the entire duration of the SMASH Rising experience (reference: dates below)
  • Passion: Excited to work collaboratively with a team, a desire to professionally strengthen critical thinking, civic awareness, leadership and sense of social responsibility
  • Career: A career interest in business, technology, or research across any wide range of functions and industries

Target Applicants

The criteria below describes who we aim to serve, however, applicants do not need to fulfill any or all of the criteria to apply to SMASH Rising.

  • SMASH: Completed three years of SMASH Academy (at Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA)
  • Top 50: Currently attend a Top 50 University (reference: U.S. News World Report list)
  • STEM: Inspired by science, technology, engineering, math (STEM)  or strong interest in STEM career
  • From groups traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics: African American, Chicano/Latinx, Native American, Filipino, Pacific Islander, Southeast Asian (i.e. Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, Vietnamese) or mixed race/multiracial groups with at least one parent from the above ethnicities
  • First-generation college student: This means that neither one of your parents received a bachelor’s or 4-year degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university in the United States. If you have a sibling in college you are still first generation. If your parents took some courses, but did not complete a degree you are still considered first generation

2018 SMASH Rising Dates

Onboarding/Training dates*: June 25th – June 29th

SMASH Rising Program/Internship dates: July 9th – August 3rd

*Attendance is mandatory. If you have any questions about attendance and your availability, please email Sivan Levaton at


The application for SMASH Rising 2018 is now open! Please apply here. The deadline is February 16, 2018.

Application Process + Dates

  • Application Due
    • Deadline: February 16, 2018
  • Application Review
    • February – March
  • SMASH Rising Selection + Placement
    • March
  • SMASH Rising Offer Letter (announcement)
    • April 30, 2018

Work for SMASH Rising

The Programs Team at LPFI will be seeking high-energy professionals to join our SMASH Rising team as Project Managers. Please apply here.