Learn From the Best: 38 Awesome NYC Companies Looking for Apprentices

by / ⠀Startup Advice / January 24, 2013

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Looking for some real world experience at awesome companies? There is a new program run by Enstitute that might be just want you’re looking for. This program is not meant to replace a college degree but can be used to supplement one and open doors to new opportunities.

Enstitute pairs students or apprentices, ages 18 to 24, with startup founders. The tuition is $1,500 each year but accepted applicants do receive a paycheck that helps cover the costs of living in New York City.

There are three parts to the program:

  • Apprenticeships
    Built off a “learn by doing” philosophy, apprentices are paid a stipend to work 40 hours a week under entrepreneurs with access to projects and tasks across the spectrum of business and entrepreneurship.
  • Curriculum
    Partnering with companies like General Assembly, Skillshare, and Treehouse to supplement apprenticeships with a blended curriculum of online and offline coursework, we provide fellows with an individualized development plan to maximize their growth.
  • Digital Portfolio
    In two years, apprentices build and manage a digital portfolio that highlights what they have done while also demonstrate skills developed. Each digital portfolio includes a demonstration of work completed during the apprenticeships as well as recommendations from bosses, colleagues, and peers.

Important dates:

  • Applications close February 3rd
  • Round 2 notifications sent February 28th
  • Founder/Company stack ranking due March 3rd

The deadline is February 3rd so don’t miss out if you’re interested. Apply Now!

Technology Companies

Company: General Assembly

General Assembly is a campus for technology, design, and entrepreneurship. They provide educational programming, space, and support to facilitate collaborative practices and learning opportunities across a community inspired by the entrepreneurial experience.

Company: Behance

Behance is the leading online platform to showcase and discover creative work. Creative professionals broadcast their work widely and efficiently, and companies access talent on a global scale. Millions use Behance to display and find talent every month. Behance’s platform also serves as the backbone for AdWeek, LinkedIn, and thousands of other portfolio sites and online galleries of creative talent.

Company: Onswipe

Onswipe is a platform that provides a way for publishers of all sizes to make their content and advertising a beautiful experience on touch-enabled devices via Web browser. With Onswipe, media content and advertising will appear and function as they do on native websites and applications, providing a magazine-like experience on touch devices. Onswipe addresses a growing industry need with tablet use on the rise.

Company: Sailthru

Sailthru builds tools that help companies understand users through data and communicate personally with them. Over 225 publisher and e-commerce brands, from Business Insider and AOL/Huffington Post to Open Sky, Thrillist, and Fab.com, leverage Sailthru solutions to extend their subscribers’ lifetime engagement, increase their page views and drive more clicks on their content, products, and advertisements.

Company: Rent the Runway

Rent the Runway is a membership-based website that rents high-end designer apparel and accessories on a 4- or 8-day basis. The company was founded by two Harvard Business School graduates, Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Carter Fleiss. Launched in November 2009, the website now offers over 25,000 dresses and accessories from over 165 designers such as Badgley Mischka, Vera Wang and Calvin Klein. The company is also on 150 campuses through their Runway Rep college ambassador program.

Company: HowAboutWe

HowAboutWe is an experience-driven dating and relationships company. Through its unique services and content, HowAboutWe supports members to fall in love and stay in love. It does this is by giving members a seamless way to go on dates. HowAboutWe has two core products: HowAboutWe Dating and HowAboutWe for Couples.

Company: Baublebar

BaubleBar is an ecommerce platform that lets women create their ultimate jewelry box, sourcing fashion jewelry direct from its large network of leading designers and manufacturers. They debut new shopping trends, highlight great designers, introduce new fashions, and partner with major brands with limited items.

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Company: Nestio

Looking for a new place to live is frustrating, stressful and time-consuming. Listings are scattered, false advertisements are everywhere, and dead-ends are common. Nestio is the easiest way for consumers to make the best and most informed decision on their next home.

Company: Veri

Veri is a social learning platform that quizzes entrepreneurs. Veri turns online content — including articles, blog posts, and videos — into a fun and free way to learn. Users can take courses by answering community-generated questions and consuming content within any topic.

Company: Thumb

Thumb is makes it easy for people to express themselves and to discover people like them. The simple act of ‘thumbing’ brings people together in a purpose-driven community that allows people to express what matters most to them, generates instant feedback, and helps people make meaningful connections.

Company: Ordr.in

Ordr.in is a universal restaurant ecommerce platform that increases the number of ways consumers connect with restaurants, and restaurants with consumers. The company aggregates online food ordering systems from all over the country into an organized marketplace. Thousands of restaurants linked together through software, not phone and fax, that can be accessed through APIs anyone can easily access this market.

Company: Lover.ly

Lover.ly is a visual inspiration engine designed to help brides discover ideas, people to hire, and things to buy. Helps brides and their friends find ideas, people to hire, and things to buy for their wedding. They make finding beautiful wedding inspiration easy.

Company: Kollabora

Kollabora is a social platform for DIYers, consisting of a craft supply marketplace and multiple maker communities linking to projects, supplies, and how-tos. Kollabora soft-launched sewing, knitting, and jewelry making communities with fashion-forward projects, and plans to expand into more DIY communities.

Company: Fitocracy

Fitocracy is a social network that empowers and motivates anyone to reach their fitness goals through gamification, community, and personal guidance.. Whether you’ve never exercised a day in your life or you’re an advanced athlete, Fitocracy can take you to your next level of fitness.

Company: Cookbook Creative

Cookbook Create is an online platform for print-on-demand cookbook publishing. They believe everyone should have access to the recipes and be able to easily make them into a cookbook. Cookbook Create provides all tools you need to make your own full color cookbook. Its helps you collect recipes and photos from your family and social graph, organize them and design cookbook with the easy to use web-based tool.

Company: Plum Valley

PlumAlley.co is a site where you can buy products from female founded companies that represent substance and discipline in creation and beauty. Products for sale on PlumAlley.co range from housewares you want in your life, delicacies to sense or eat, experiences to remember, or items you can’t wait to wear. Each product we featured is chosen to honor the values we believe in.

Company: Charming Robot

Charming Robot helps early- and mid-stage start-ups with the product strategy, user experience and visual designs. The small company hand picks projects that they generally take an equity stake in as well as a project fee.

Company: WeWork Labs

WeWork Labs is a coworking space that provides the best home for early stage technology startups in New York City. They have over 300 current members and a great alumni network around the country. Every company in WeWork Labs has been hand selected as a good candidate for the community and have the option to work in a private office or in the open area at a dedicated desk.

Company: NY Tech Meetup

NY Tech Meetup has over 29,000 members, representing professionals from all parts of the New York technology community. NYTM centers around its monthly events, where members gather to watch emerging companies demo new ideas, hear leading-edge thinking on technology topics, and build their networks to develop their businesses.

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Company: Tumblr

Tumblr is a re-envisioning of tumblelogging, a subset of blogging that uses quick, mixed-media posts. The service hopes to do for the tumblelog what services like LiveJournal and Blogger did for the blog. The difference is that its extreme simplicity will make luring users a far easier task than acquiring users for traditional weblogging.


Company: Purpose

Purpose deploys the collective power of millions of citizens and consumers to help solve some of the world’s biggest problems. They develop and launch their own social and consumer movements using a model of movement entrepreneurship, and they work with organizations and progressive companies to help them mobilize large-scale, purposeful action.

Company: The Future Project

The Future Project is on a mission to transform America’s high schools into Future Schools that value taking risks and taking action and show students they have what it takes to innovate and to lead. The Future Project is a dream incubator for young people everywhere. They pair underserved high-school students with college/graduate students and young professionals in their communities and challenge them to turn their deepest passions into projects that change the world.

Company: Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is an organization working to educate, inspire and equip 13- to 17-year-old girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in technology and engineering. Together with leading educators, engineers, and entrepreneurs, Girls Who Code has developed a new model for computer science education, pairing intensive instruction in robotics, web design, and mobile development with high-touch mentorship led by the industry’s top female developers and entrepreneurs.

Company: Sandbox

Sandbox is a global community of extraordinary young achievers below 30. Sandbox identifies exceptional people worldwide that already have an impressive impact at a very young age, no matter in what field or industry. The growing community counts 600 young leaders in 48 different countries and organizes regular events around the world. Their goal is to incubate these talents in an environment where they can build meaningful relationships with like-minded peers, learn from senior leaders and gain access to opportunities that will help them grow.

Company: Plant a Fish

Plant A Fish (PAF) is an active, hands-on outdoor education and restoration experience developed by Fabien Cousteau, third-generation ocean explorer, documentary filmmaker and environmental ambassador. With programs seeded around the world, the core mission focuses on using timeless, universal ecological principles applicable to all natural ecosystems in addition to location-specific subjects, and applying these principles to engage local communities toward stewardship and restoration efforts of their marine environment. The lessons participants learn about nature and sustainable living are relevant everywhere in the world.

Company: BlueRidge Foundation

Blue Ridge Foundation New York launches technology-based ventures to advance equal opportunity in America. It’s social innovation incubator helps develop effective strategies for connecting people living in high poverty communities to the opportunities, resources, and support that they need to fulfill their full potential. Support for start-ups (nonprofit or for profit) includes up to $500,000 in seed funding over an organization’s first years; free space in Blue Ridge’s office; hands-on management assistance; and, access to a broad network of social sector leaders.

Company: Fenton

Fenton serves the public interest by creating powerful issue campaigns that make change. With their clients, they have contributed to some of the defining change movements of the past quarter century, from ending apartheid and curbing global warming to protecting people from harmful toxins.

Digital Media

Company: The Huffington Post

The Huffington Post is a leading online news source founded by Arianna Huffington, Ken Lerer, and Jonah Peretti. Contributors include more than 3,000 bloggers—from politicians and celebrities to academics and policy experts—who contribute in real-time on a wide-range of topics. The site started as a politics blog, but now covers more than 20 categories, including media, business, entertainment, living, style, sustainable “green” living, world news, technology, nonprofits, college life, and comedy. It began launching local versions in 2008, and increasingly is experimenting with social networking features.

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Company: The New Republic

The New Republic (TNR) is an American magazine of commentary on politics and the arts published continuously since 1914. A weekly for most of its history, it is currently published twenty times per year with a circulation of approximately 50,000.

Company: Moat

Moat Ad Search is a search engine that focuses entirely on ads instead of other kinds of online content. Whether you want to see the ads from a particular brand, discover new advertisers, or get inspiration from innovative creative campaigns, the need for a centralized ad search is evident.

Company: Elite Daily

Elite Daily is the premier online destination for aspiring men and women of Generation-Y. They provide a reliable daily portrait of the world by consolidating interests into an accessible platform. From entrepreneurship, world news, finance, sports, culture and all things luxury, content is delivered to an audience that is driven by the pursuit of success.

Company: Deep Focus

Deep Focus is an interactive marketing agency that delivers results through innovative engagement at scale. They have created a digital agency for the social age where connections are the new impressions and stories shared between friends are powerful marketing tactics.

Company: CrowdTwist

CrowdTwist is a customer relationship & loyalty platform that lets companies understand & reward their customers for all the ways they impact the brand. From purchases and likes, to check-ins, follows, shares and more, CrowdTwist gives marketers the ability to incentivize, recognize and reward people based on their combined engagement, social influence and spend – online and off.

Company: Carrot Creative

Carrot Creative is a digital marketing agency specializing in social media strategy, design and development. They take projects from initial ideation to full scale application development all under one roof. By harnessing traditional marketing tactics and applying them to the social-web, Carrot positions and executes marketing plans for large international companies such as Ford, Disney, Target, Ralph Lauren, Burton, Red Bull, and the NFL.

Company: Black Ocean

Black Ocean is a digital media company that builds, operates and invests in technology businesses around the world. With its strategic holding division and incubator, Black Ocean actively manages a complementary network of businesses across video, social, mobile and e-commerce, turning smart ideas into successful businesses.

Company: Arnold Worldwide

Arnold Worldwide is a subsidiary of Havas Advertising, the world’s sixth-largest communications group. Based in Paris, Havas has three operating divisions, one of which is Arnold Worldwide. Arnold is headquartered in Boston and has two full-service agencies in New York and DC and a complete network of global offices in 75 countries around the world.

Company: BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed is the leading social news organization, intensely focused on delivering high-quality original reporting, insight, and viral content across a rapidly expanding array of subject areas. Their technology powers the social distribution of content, detects what is trending on the web, and connects people in realtime with the hottest content of the moment. Rapidly growing and reaches more than 25 million monthly unique visitors.

Company: The Daily Muse

Daily Muse helps 3.1 million job-seekers make better decisions about their career, via beautifully immersive job search, actionable career content, professional development and predictive job matching. Great people go to them to answer the question, “What do I want to do with my life?

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