Redhawk Startup Experience

Expand your knowledge beyond the classroom! Gain hands-on sales experience with our paid internship program.

Program Info

The Redhawk Startup Experience program offers hands-on tech sales training and opportunities to select students from diverse backgrounds and majors. Throughout the academic year, students will complete a world-class paid internship, where they will gain on-the-job skills while working closely with local startups. Since its inception, the program has resulted in full-time employment offers to 100% of eligible participating students.

What is in it for you?

  • Paid internship
  • Internship credit
  • Hands-on experience at high-growth startups
  • Mentorship from seasoned entrepreneurs
  • Exclusive networking opportunities
  • Codefi membership
  • Training and experience in data source and sales cadence software
  • Real life resumé skills

The Impact of the Startup Experience on our Alums

The Redhawk Startup Experience program was established by Codefi, the innovation hub in downtown Cape Girardeau, in partnership with Southeast Missouri State University to offer opportunities for Southeast students to gain theoretical understanding, practical knowledge, and leadership skills needed to scale startups.

Application Info

Innovative Tech Sales Internship

Are you ready for your work to be purpose-driven? What if you could help aspiring entrepreneurs and founders make the connections and partnerships needed to grow their startup, while also learning valuable work skills and being trained on the latest business software programs? Codefi is looking for talented, ambitious, and innovative students to participate in our paid Redhawk Startup Experience Program.


  • Identify potential revenue-generating opportunities for partnerships, sales, collaborations
  • Use sales prospecting, intelligence, and CRM software to communicate with prospects and move them into the pipeline
  • You will communicate directly with business owners, director-level, VP-level, and C-level executives and strategically pique their interest in the startup you are working with
  • Book meetings by emailing, going in-person, leveraging social media, and calling prospects, and take an active role in facilitating the next step in working together
  • Compose and send targeted campaigns to a large number of prospects
  • Send personalized messages via email, LinkedIn, and other mediums
  • Work on various projects in an atmosphere of teamwork and open communication
  • Take part in continuous training sessions with your mentor and internship team to hone sales and communication skills


  • Team player with an emphasis on collaboration
  • Highly organized mindset
  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills
  • A positive, self-driven, “no excuses” attitude
  • Curious, creative, and tenacious with the ability to think outside the box to resolve problems
  • Coachability and a strong desire to become excellent in revenue generation

Enrollment includes a hand-selection of outstanding Southeast Missouri State University students from any discipline or major. Students who apply will sign up for an interview with our selection committee.




After applying, our team will review your application and resume and then send email communication to set up an interview with the selection committee.


Student Eligibility

The Redhawk Startup Experience is open to all Southeast Missouri State University students. All majors and areas of study are welcome.


Selection Committee

A selection committee made out of seasoned startup founders and Codefi team members will interview and select the next cohort of Redhawk Startup Interns.


Interview Day Schedule

Entrants will be assigned a time slot for their interview during one of the two available interview days. A Doodle Poll will be sent to all entrants to select a convenient time slot, on a first-come, first-served basis.


Program Acceptance

All applicants interviewed will receive communication via email regarding acceptance into the Redhawk Startup Experience program.


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