Internship Dates: Early-June to Mid-August
The Kapor Center is a family of three distinct organizations working under a shared mission. (SMASH: a 501(c)(3) public charity which operates STEM education programs, Kapor Capital: a seed-stage investment fund, and Kapor Foundation: a 501(c)(3) private operating foundation). The Kapor Center aims to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion in the technology and entrepreneurship ecosystem through increasing access to tech and STEM education programs, conducting research on access and opportunity in computing, investing in community organizations and gap-closing tech startups, building diverse and inclusive companies, and increasing access to capital among diverse entrepreneurs and fund managers.
For over 10 years the Kapor Center has run summer internship programs designed to provide career pathways to exponentially accelerate the number of underrepresented individuals entering tech companies, venture capital and tech-based entrepreneurship. This year the Kapor Fellows: Venture Capital Program (formerly known as the Kapor Capital Summer Associate Program) is growing to include 6 partner funds who will also host summer associates. Partner funds represent both direct investors in technology start ups and Limited Partners who invest in fund managers. Partner funds are led by diverse leadership teams and invest across a range of sectors.
In addition to working with a fund, a few summer fellows will work with a group of four Kapor Capital portfolio companies who are developing a shared offering to help low income citizens of color in cities. The companies span energy, fintech and workforce development.
We are looking for a few great candidates to fill our 2022 class. The ideal candidate will be entering an MBA, MS, JD, PhD, or a comparable graduate program in the Fall of 2022 or, alternatively going into their second (or third) year or completing their graduate studies. We are also open to individuals with a few years of startup experience looking to transition into a career in VC.
Candidates should have a strong interest in learning about the venture capital industry and a passion for start-up technology companies. All fellows will gain exposure to key areas of venture capital including financial analysis, sector due diligence, deal execution, and portfolio support.
The summer will begin with a retreat designed to introduce you to the Kapor Center, partner funds and the venture investment process. The fellows will be paired with partner firms and during the summer will complete projects aligned with their interest, as well as the needs of their partner firm. Throughout the summer, fellows will work closely with others in their summer associate class as well as partner firm staff, who will serve as colleagues and mentors. Each Friday, fellows will have professional development trainings at the Kapor Center in Oakland.
Review and analyze pitch decks and meet with entrepreneurs
Deliver high quality analytical insights on various technologies and markets on a macro and micro level; provide input to investment team members
Provide support for various market and technology research projects. Specific activities include but are not limited to: sector research; analysis on investment portfolio returns; and financial modeling
Assist in deal execution under mentorship of investment team members. Responsibilities may include helping to draft Investment Memos and reviewing legal documentation
Complete a Summer Capstone project related to each candidates interest and each firm’s needs. Past projects have included:
Helping portfolio companies create a welcoming culture for people from diverse backgrounds
Researching what platform services other early stage VCs and technology incubators provide to entrepreneurs
Sector landscape analysis and strategy recommendation
Strong belief in the Kapor Center’s mission to use technology to close gaps of access and opportunity for low income communities and communities of color.
Currently enrolled or recently completed an MBA, MS, JD, PhD in science, business, or other disciplines. We are also open to non-traditional candidates that can demonstrate a genuine interest in venture capital.
Demonstrated commitment to closing gaps of access, opportunity, or outcomes for low-income communities of underrepresented ethnic and racial minorities.
At least 2 years of full-time, post-undergraduate work experience.
Desire to pursue a career in venture capital ecosystem
High level of confidentiality and strong work ethic
Superior written and oral communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively to all levels of the organization and to the larger technology community.
Strong knowledge of Excel and Google Spreadsheets
Demonstrated success working with diverse teams (e.g. African-American, Latinx, Native American, and LGBTQ communities)
Candidates with knowledge of the world of technology startups as a founder, early-stage employee, or another full-time role
We offer a competitive monthly internship salary.