Semester in Silicon Valley

Minor in Entrepreneurship
with Design Thinking in Silicon Valley

Registration Opens April 10!

It’s that time again – you’re almost done with the year and you’re about to embark on your next adventure. Where will you go, and what experiences will you have?  You’ve already made the choice of a dynamic education, real world experiences, and vibrant city living by choosing Northeastern, and now we want to give you a brand new opportunity to accomplish your goals through a Semester in Silicon Valley.

The D’Amore-McKim School of Business is excited to offer undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue a minor in Entrepreneurship with Design Thinking in Silicon Valley! This unique opportunity will allow you to explore the breadth of design thinking – a human-centered approach to innovation that integrates the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success.

Contact your academic advisor to learn more about the program and discuss your personalized plan. 

Any undergraduate from all colleges are eligible. DMSB students can complete their Entrepreneurship Concentration; nonDMSB students need to take one course in Boston, and then complete the Entrepreneurship Minor.


Program Structure

Semester in SV will provide you with a unique approach to your education, as you complete the program in a three-pronged method.

Courses – you will have the opportunity to choose from a number of courses, enabling you to tailor your time in Silicon Valley.

Independent Study – along with your in-the-classroom learning, you can apply for an independent study, including doing an internship from amongst of our list of participating companies that we are developing. This independent work will build upon the foundations provided to you in the classroom.

Final Project – Your Semester in Silicon Valley experience will culminate in a final project, pulling from your experiences inside and outside of the classroom. The final project will vary, and will include custom designed options, such as building a business plan or submitting a project proposal.

Extracurricular and Experiential Student Activities
The Semester in Silicon Valley program is highly experiential, and encourages a human-centric approach to entrepreneurship. While living in San Francisco, you’ll experience professional life in Silicon Valley by working closely with start-ups, meeting with investors, learning from CEOs and exploring the industry through unique extracurricular activities. There will be an on-the-ground Program Manager who will coordinate these activities and provide support.

As a student in this program, you will have the opportunity to take part in the following examples – and more!

  • Founder Breakfasts, where company founders will share their experiences in starting companies
  • Weekend Hacks, featuring problem-solving activities through collaboration
  • Tech Treks, including day trips to local companies and startups
  • Pitch Nights, where students in the program can present and discuss their work
  • “Life of the City”, featuring social events hosted regularly throughout the semester

The value of the Semester in Silicon Valley program is that as a participant, you will grow and nurture your network on the West Coast. You will engage with local Northeastern alumni and students co-op in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley areas to provide you with even more “insider’s view” of this culture. You will have the Northeastern Silicon Valley campus as a resource. And should you want to return to this area later on in your career, you will have established a presence and a network there that you can directly tap into for career goals, lifelong learning, or wherever your future may take you.

Outside of your program, you will also have all of San Francisco at your fingertips! Spend your weekends exploring the cable cars, the bay, endless neighborhoods and nearby cities such as Napa Valley and Sonoma.

Housing Information

Students will reside in Soma Square, San Francisco.  All apartments include:

–  Furniture
–  Housewares
–  All Utilities
–  Phone/Cable/Internet (HD and Wireless)
–  No Deposits
–  Once a month housekeeping

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I work on my own venture during the semester?
Yes, this will be an excellent opportunity to work on your venture within the umbrella of IDEA’s venture incubation services. We will provide access to mentors in SV from amongst the alums and friends of the university who are working there.

Who will I meet when I am out there?
You will meet young alums who graduated recently and can tell you all about life in the entrepreneurship ecosystem. You will meet alums and friends of the university who will welcome you to the community and offer your advice. You will also meet with corporate as well as startup CEO’s, VC, and other innovators in the California Bay area.

How frequently will I be in Silicon Valley for events?
We will be making regular trips to visit Silicon Valley companies to gain a better understanding of the Silicon Valley ecosystem. We will have a CEO breakfast series that will feature leaders of industry in the valley.

Where will we be living?
Northeastern currently has co-op housing in San Francisco. We will expand this type of housing to meet your needs. You need to let us know by June 1 if you want the co-op housing. Check it out here .

Do I have to live in that housing? My parents live in SF or my friends want to get an Airbnb to save money.
You are welcome to find your own housing.

Parents: Will there be an RA on site at the housing like the dorms?
There will not be a RA at the co-op housing.

What classes should I register for, because I have taken an entrepreneurship class?
Contact your advisor to determine which classes you have left to complete your entrepreneurship minor or concentration.

Am I getting an entrepreneurship concentration, minor or certificate?
If you are a student in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business you will be earning an entrepreneurship concentration. Any other Northeastern student will be earning an entrepreneurship minor. We are currently not offering an entrepreneurship certificate.

Can I do an independent project or an internship?
Students will have the opportunity to apply for independent projects for academic credit, including internships. We are developing a list of companies who will offer internships.

How much will this cost?
You will pay tuition for the courses that you register for. In addition, you will incur housing and living costs in San Francisco. Also, there is a Program fee of $1,500 to cover the cost of local excursions, company visits, networking events, pitch sessions, receptions etc.

If you have additional questions, you may submit your request here.

Ready to Experience Silicon Valley?

Contact your academic advisor today!