Entrepreneurship Summer Immersion Program

Spend the summer in Portland, Maine while receiving academic credit through Northeastern University and gaining hands-on, professional experience with high-growth technology startup companies. Join like-minded students from across the country to explore the expansive entrepreneurial ecosystem of Northern New England.

  • Take a credit-bearing 5000-level course to hone your entrepreneurial-thinking skills
  • Drive innovation while working on group projects with Portland-based technology startup companies
  • Explore all that Portland, Maine has to offer on weekends and through co-curricular activities
  • Expand your network and add significant experience to your résumé

Learn more about Entrepreneurship at the Roux Institute.

Important Dates

Applications Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis*
Program Dates: July 12 – August 13, 2021 (5 weeks)

*There are a limited number of spaces available. 

Program Overview

5000-Level Course

This credit-bearing course will be offered in-person at the Roux Institute through Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business School.

The course is designed to integrate experiential learning offerings with on-the-ground, classroom learning experiences at the Roux Institute campus.

Classroom learning will cover topics across the entrepreneurial landscape, from market research to business models, as students explore them while working with technology startup companies.

Experiential Learning

Learning integrated with professional experience is a hallmark of Northeastern and the Roux Institute. Students gain a clear understanding of real-world industry needs in Portland, the state of Maine, and the Northeast—and valued workplace skills like communication and teamwork—through assignments at companies and nonprofit organizations. All opportunities enable students to build their resumés, expand their professional networks, and chart a path to in-demand careers.

At the Roux Institute, we believe in integrating classroom learning with experience, and the Summer Immersion Program will offer you not only academic coursework, but the opportunity to work with startup companies to grow your professional network, improve your skills, and apply classroom learnings in a practical setting.

Learn more about our current residency startup companies.

Who Should Apply?

You Are:

  • A current undergraduate student who has completed their second or third year of college by Summer 2021
  • A recent graduate from the Class of 2021
  • A student with a strong academic standing

You Have:

  • An interest in pursuing a career in technology, venture creation, or with startups
  • An interest in Maine and what the Maine entrepreneurial ecosystem has to offer

Program Cost

Total Program Cost:$7,500 (course delivery, fees, and room and board included)

Course Delivery

  • Standard curriculum based on three Northeastern University credit hours

Room and Board

  • Housing will be provided within walking distance of the Roux Institute campus in Portland, Maine
  • All participants will have their own bedroom and bathroom
  • Board charge is based upon 19 meals per week


  • Include co-curricular activities and program operating costs

Financial Aid and Scholarship Opportunities

Financial assistance and scholarship opportunities will be available to students accepted to the program. We want to ensure that all interested students can afford to attend our program.


Application Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until program capacity is reached.

Contact Us

For more information about the program, contact [email protected].


How does Northeastern credit transfer to my university?

Upon completion of the program, participants will earn three credits from Northeastern University. Northeastern University is a fully accredited university and some students may be able to transfer credits earned in the program to their Bachelor’s degree. Credits earned may satisfy some elective requirements in Northeastern some graduate programs. Each school has its own policies and full discretion to determine whether and how credits will transfer to their degree programs.

Where is housing located?

Housing is located in the prime Old Port district in Portland, Maine at the Maine College of Art Monument Square Residence Building. This housing is located at 522 Congress St. The housing is a 20 minute walk through the Old Port to The Roux Institute campus.


Are the residence hall rooms furnished?

All rooms are furnished with a standard twin bed, dresser, desk, and desk chair for each student.

Will I have a roommate?

All students will have their own bedroom and bathroom. We have a limited number of single apartments available for student housing, the remainder are two-bedroom apartments with shared communal areas.


What sorts of amenities are included in the apartments?
  • Washer and dryer in-unit
  • AC and Heating
  • Internet and Ethernet
  • Full kitchen equipped with a:
    • Refrigerator
    • Freezer
    • Oven
    • Stove
    • Dishwasher
    • Microwave
    • Sink


Where will our meals be located?

Meals will be located in the Cafe at the Maine College of Art on the second floor of the Porteous Building. Breakfast, bagged lunch, and dinner will be provided each weekday of the program. Brunch and dinner will be provided on weekends.

I have dietary restrictions. Will there be food options available for me?

Yes, the MECA Café staff can accommodate dietary restrictions, such as nut allergies, vegetarian, vegan, kosher, etc.


What are your COVID-19 protocols?

The Roux Institute requires that you get tested twice a week while enrolled in the Summer Immersion program. We have a seamless COVID-19 testing site on campus where students can sign up to get tested. Additionally, you will be required to sign into the Northeastern wellness portal before coming to campus to ensure that you have cleared the health check. Face masks are required in the communal spaces. This is to ensure the safety and health of all those in the Roux community.

Will you require COVID-19 vaccines?

COVID-19 vaccines will most likely be required to attend the Summer Immersion Program. Updates will be provided as Northeastern University rolls out decisions regarding vaccinations.