Academic Quests


Internships, where coffee runs turn into a daily marathon, where you learn to decipher office jargon and become a pro at “reply all.”

But hey, it’s also the place where you discover your hidden talent for fixing the office printer, and where casual Fridays feel like winning the lottery.

So, get ready to get on the internship rollercoaster, where the only thing more unpredictable than the Wi-Fi is your boss’s sense of humor!

Unlocking the World of
Academic Exploration for Students

What exactly is the role of a ladder?

Ladder Internships, your versatile companion on the journey to reaching new heights—literally! A ladder isn’t just a random set of steps; it’s your ticket to elevating yourself to the levels you aspire to conquer.

Each step on that ladder is patiently waiting for you to step up and take the next leap. Whether you’re fixing a lightbulb, reaching for a book on the top shelf, or climbing your way up to look at the blue moon, the ladder is your trusted sidekick, always there to help you bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be. It’s a symbol of progress, a physical embodiment of the human desire to explore and conquer new heights.

So, next time you spot a ladder, remember that it’s not just a set of steps; it’s an invitation to rise and to achieve.

AcademicQuests has brought Ladder Internships for you to help them unlock the vertical dimension of your world.

Now you must be wondering what exactly is Ladder Internships.

Well, it’s the brainchild of innovative minds from Harvard, and its mission is simple: Ladder Internships connects students with leading startups, offering them the chance to collaborate on and create real-world projects.

Ladder Internships provides students with the chance to gain practical insights into the working world. Collaborate with industry leaders, explore real work environments, and create impactful projects, whether it’s a market report, app development, or strategic planning. This unique experience not only sets you apart in college admissions but also helps you build a professional network early on, connecting with individuals from prestigious institutions like Harvard Business School, Y Combinator, and former McKinsey experts. It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore careers, make a real-world impact, and establish valuable connections.

Startup Internship Program

# of sessions with host company                                       8

# of sessions with company leadership                            4+

# of hours per week expected of the student                  5-10

Program oversight from the Ladder program manager   

COST & DURATION:                                             $1990 / 8 weeks

Goal output:  Professional-level work project presentation

Research Internship Program

# of 1-1 sessions with a research mentor                        15

# of 1-1 sessions with a writing coach                              4

# of 1-1 sessions with publication specialist                    4

# of hours per week expected of the student                  10-15

# of weeks (for research)                                                    12-16

# of weeks (for publication)                                                 4-16

Program oversight from the program manager

COST:                                                                                   $,4800

Goal Output:  Undergraduate-level research paper


The combination Startup – Research Internship Program combines the offerings of the two programs and is priced at $5900.

The Fields You Can Work In

‣ Tech/ Deep Tech

‣ Finance

‣ Media/Journalism

‣ Engineering

‣ Machine Learning/AI

‣ Mental Health

‣ Consulting

‣ Fashion

‣ Health Tech

‣ Non Profit

‣ Environmental Sciences

A Real World Project

What you will get out of this internship?

Work experience at a top start-up

What you will get out of this internship?

A letter of completion by the company

What you will get out of this internship?

A letter of recommendation from the host company mentor


What you will get out of this internship?

The Application & Placement Process

Ladder Internships matches students with companies based on their indicated interests

Fill up an application form

Get shortlisted

Receive a placement decision

Start the program

Upcoming Application Deadlines

  • Summer Cohort (Regular Admission 2): May 12, 2024
    Cohort timing: June 3, 2024
  • Summer II Cohort Admission Deadline: June 26, 2024
    Cohort timing: July 15, 2024

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