summer 2022

We find internships for top students at great companies.

Terra is an 8-week summer internship for students interested in global startups & VC-backed tech companies.
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How it works:

Matching top students and great startups.
Terra partners with VC-backed startups.
Our team specializes in partnering with some of the world's most exciting companies for our student internship placements.
We recruit top US students for internships.
Terra recruits students from great schools for internships at our partner companies. We are looking for mature, sharp students.
We help employers run great internships.
Our team assists our employer partners with mentorship, skill development, and check-ins to ensure students have a great experience.
Daniel Snider
Senior Recruitment Manager, SoundCloud
“We really enjoyed working with the team at Terra. They were very responsive and did a great job of sending over very qualified candidates that were a good match for our internships at SoundCloud. ... I would recommend using Terra to find qualified interns.”
Meg Lyons
Head of GTM/Growth, Polywork
“Polywork is a venture-backed tech startup in NYC, and we have very high standards for recruiting and hiring. Terra was able to quickly introduce three summer intern candidates from top schools and we hired two of them. I highly recommend Terra to any fast-growing startup who is looking for amazing interns.”
Eric Johnson
CEO & Founder, Membersy
“Terra was easy to work with and quickly identified several excellent intern candidates for our growing team in Austin. It was significantly easier to hire an intern through Terra than recruit ourselves. Definitely worth considering!”
Mark Begert
CEO & Co-founder, FabuLingua
“Terra helped us quickly identify and onboard a bright intern that was the right fit to support some project-based work this summer. Time is always precious for start-ups, and we appreciated the convenient candidate review process with relevant background information and pre-recorded video interviews. It was a simple, quick decision to hire our intern through Terra.”
Roberto Kern
North America Growth, Finn.Auto
“ is reinventing car ownership by making mobility fun and sustainable and has raised over $35m in venture funding in less than 2 years. Terra served as a great partner in finding an exceptional intern to help with our US market expansion. Terra was easy to work with and I highly recommend them to other high-growth international startups.”
Christian Demers
Managing Director USA, air up
"Terra provided an efficient and client centric approach to intern recruitment.  The candidates were introduced quickly and feedback was quickly met with adjustments to recruiting needs.  We are very happy with the candidate we’ve signed on for the summer."
our approach

We value universities as partners.

We understand the critical role faculty, universities and staff play in supporting our students and ensuring their safety. We look forward to working closely with you and answering questions.

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Advisory Board & Leadership

Brian Whalen, PhD
Brian Whalen is Executive Director of the American International Recruitment Council (AIRC). He is one of the most respected and influential international education leaders globally. Brian also served as President and CEO of The Forum on Education Abroad.
Todd Rothman, MA
Todd is Director of the Office of Academic & Student Affairs at Vanderbilt University. He has a distinguished 20-year career in higher education and previously served as the Director of Admissions at Yale Law School. He earned his M.A. from Columbia University.
William Hyndman, EdD
William is Assistant Vice President for International Education at Florida A&M University (FAMU) where he oversees the Office of International Education and Development. He manages all international programs at FAMU and has 30+ years of experience in international education.
Lawson Kuehnert, CEO
Lawson Kuehnert is CEO & Founder of Terra. Prior to Terra, Lawson was CEO of Atlantis, a global education program in Washington, D.C. that grew from 300 to 2000+ students annually under his leadership. Lawson graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UNC- Chapel Hill.

We have applicants from 100+ schools:

8-weeks / summer 2022

Example program

Each school we work with has slight variability in their needs, but the basic details of a partnership are outlined below. If you have specific questions, please contact our team!

Dates: June 5 - July 30, 2022
Location: New York, NY
Intern type: Marketing
Pay: $17/hour
Housing: student must find on own
Credit offered? Check with your school
Relocation stipend? No

What types of internships?

We have eight primary internships. If you have questions about these below, don't hesitate to contact us.

Software engineering
Design & UX/UI
Data science

What our previous student interns think:

What our 2021 cohort thinks.
Fast application process.
Some intern applications are long and overly burdensome. Our process is simple and fast - an online application followed by an interview, and sometimes a work test for certain skillsets.
Phenomenal logistics support.
Students love our staff and logistics support with internships. We make the entire process of interning in a new city easy, from arrival to housing.
Natalie Leonard
Davidson College, Class of 2023
"Terra helped me land the high impact experience I was looking for this summer. I interviewed at Polywork, a fast-growing tech startup in NYC, and was recruited as a Social & Brand Strategy Associate."
Matthew Chan
New York University, Class of 2022
“Terra helped me find a summer internship at a company I am excited to work at. I would definitely recommend them to anyone searching for a job/internship in the startup space.”
Sydney Scott
Brown University, Class of 2022
“I applied to Terra after spending nearly six months unsuccessfully applying to internships. After getting accepted, Terra immediately connected me with interview opportunities at multiple startups that aligned with both my professional interests and experience... I am now interning at an amazing startup in New York (Polywork)!”
Hunter Galleher
UNC-Chapel Hill, Class of 2021
"Terra led me to an amazing internship in MedTech! They were extremely helpful/present throughout the process and introduced me to a number of interesting opportunities. Their support and guidance enabled me find the right job and to take a step towards my broader goals this summer!"
Keegan Lyle
Ole Miss, Class of 2022
“At the start of my internship search, I was searching tirelessly for the right opportunity and filling out dozens of applications... When I discovered Terra... I applied within minutes, completed an interview within days, and was placed with my current internship within weeks.”
Mason Shi
U Chicago Booth (MBA), Class of 2023
"Terra is fantastic at matching you with opportunities that fit your career goals. I was able to interview with several venture-backed global companies for internships that were very exciting and ended up getting my ideal opportunity. Highly recommend!"
Who we are

Founded in 2020, Terra has headquarters in New York City and works globally.

East Village
New York, New York
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