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Summer VC Internship at Quake Capital in Seattle, WA

Job details:

  • Completely managing and organizing Quake’s University Investor Series program from start to finish. This involves extensive email communication, due diligence on pre-seed companies, moderating a two-hour virtual pitchfest once a month and an incredible amount of personal responsibility, thinking on your feet and responding effectively to crises.
  • Completely managing and organizing Quake’s blog—writing and editing articles, coming up with themes and topics relevant to Quake (LinkedIn, CrunchBase, AngelList) and the VC/entrepreneurship spaces, coordinating with team members to ensure that posts are widely promoted and read.
  • Maintaining orderly schedules and task lists for the rest of the team: scheduling meetings, ensuring there are no conflicts, keeping track of all team members’ tasks and deliverables using Calendar and Trello.
  • Organizing and running bi-weekly meetings with interns to review their tasks; reporting back to the Managing Partners about their results and progress; ensuring that they remain on-task and complete their work as requested in a timely fashion.
  • Constantly monitoring email and social media channels for potential issues or opportunities involving any of Quake’s programs.
  • Writing press releases about Quake’s programs and activities and working with or PR company to ensure that they are published quickly and accurately.
  • Attending meetups and networking events to discuss Quake’s programs with founders and other investors.
  • Conducting phone and in-person conversations with sponsors, investors, university directors and startup companies to pitch the University Investor Series as well as Quake’s other programs. Determining where these people/programs will be the best fit (if at all) and integrating them warmly into Quake’s network.
  • Maintaining warm and friendly relationships with existing sponsors, investors, university directors and startup companies through email and phone communication.

Required qualifications:

  • Current undergraduate Sophomore or Junior
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent work authorization (Green Card)
  • Ability to work 40 hours per week in Quake’s Battery Park offices (any additional tasks can be completed remotely if desired). Specific hours are flexible.
  • Past leadership experience organizing, managing or running an event, company or initiative (strong preference given to applicants who founded the event, company or initiative themselves)
  • High achieving and fast-paced personality, ability to perform well in the high stress environment of a young startup
  • Ability to multi-task and manage time well (your own time and the time of others)
  • *Incredibly strong English written and verbal communication skills (!!!).*
  • Detail oriented, strong personal attachment to completing a job well and on time
  • Knowledge of and experience with using Google Drive (Docs and Sheets) and Google Hangouts
  • Interest in and basic knowledge of the venture capital and entrepreneurship spaces 

Preferred, but not required, qualifications:

  • Past experience in entrepreneurship, either as a founder or working in a startup environment
  • Past experience with administrative work
  • Past experience conducting research/due diligence on companies, preferably early stage startups. Some knowledge of finance/valuation is helpful, but not required.

Start date: Tuesday, May 30th (flexible). Must go through several days of training at Quake’s Battery Park offices prior to start (dates flexible), and be able to virtually attend the University Investor Series on the last Wednesday night of every month beginning in May.

End date: TBD—high achieving Junior Associates are welcome to stay on part-t ime for the fall semester and can also be considered for post-graduation full time opportunities at a negotiable salary rate.

To Apply: Email your resume to abby@quake.vc; include a writing sample, a short paragraph about why you are interested in the position, and information about where the typo is in this job description.

This is a paid opportunity, receiving a monthly stipend of $2000.

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Written by John Gannon

March 9, 2017 at 8:58 pm

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