New Students + Tech Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Internship Program

Through the collective action and collaboration of local colleges, community organizations and 14 of our area’s leading startup companies and venture capital firms, we invite college students to apply to a new Diversity, Equity & Inclusion focused internship program that will provide underrepresented college students with the opportunity to gain paid work experience within the local startup industry!

DEI Definitions

Program Goals

To apply, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Open to individuals of color, individuals from underrepresented groups or PELL Grant eligible students
  • Students must be 18 years old by the start of the internship employment (February 1, 2021)
  • Currently enrolled and in good standing with a local college/university
  • Reside locally or within the surrounding region
  • Commitment to showing up for remote work (working and available during the agreed upon days/hours with employer virtually) and participating in peer groups and mentorship through the full duration of the program (2-4 months* varies by company)
  • Provide 1 letter of recommendation
  • Answer the questions: Why are you interested in working for a startup company or venture capital investment firm? What do you hope to achieve by participating in this internship program? (no more than 300 words)

How the program will work:

  • Complete and Submit the online application below
  • Application deadline: December 4, 2020
  • A selection committee will review all applications. If you are chosen to move forward in the program, you will be contacted in late December 2020 and invited to the One-Day Virtual Startup Tour in January 2021
  • Following the One-Day Virtual Startup Tour, students will be invited to share feedback on which companies they would like to intern with
  • Companies will conduct 1-1 interviews with students at their discretion
  • Students who are selected for an internship placement will be provided an offer

Type of positions available:

  • Programming
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Marketing / Market Research
  • Customer Experience
  • QA / Support
  • Investment Analysis
  • Data Science
  • Business Development
  • Project Management
  • Product Management

In addition to the internship experience, interns will also receive ongoing support and training, including:

  • Regular check-ins for support
  • Mentorship
  • Ongoing essential skills training for your long-term career growth
Important to Note:

ALL internships will be remote-based and require you to work in a virtual environment. There will be a total of 14 internships available. Following the One-Day Tour and interviewing process, not all students are guaranteed an internship placement.



Application Form

    (Underrepresented groups refer to members of communities that have been historically denied access and/or suffered past institutional discrimination in the United States based on their race, gender, (dis)ability, sexuality, or socioeconomic status) Students eligible for the Federal PELL Grant are undergraduates who display exceptional financial need and have not earned a bachelor's, graduate, or professional degree.
  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.
  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.
  • Why are you interested in working for a startup company or venture capital investment firm? What do you hope to achieve by participating in this internship program? (should be no more than 300 words/1500 characters)
  • Do you have questions about the program and would like to speak with someone before submitting your application? You can contact us here and a member of our team will be in touch.

Program Partner and Sponsor

Program Supporters