Summer Policy Intern

Cambridge, MA /
Platform /
Summer Policy Intern 

The Engine is seeking a research-driven and analytical individual to research acute gaps in the commercialization path for Tough Tech. This study will focus on developing papers around a clean energy innovation agenda and on rethinking industrial policy in the US. Researchers will lean on expertise in policy, regulatory environments and financial incentives. The goal of the work will be to collaborate with The Engine staff to provide the research basis for white papers that propose solutions to some of the most intransigent systems challenges facing Tough Tech entrepreneurs. We believe that by building a team that is diverse across many dimensions -- race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, educational background, thought process, and more -- we will be able to better serve our portfolio of Tough Tech companies as they solve big global challenges. The ideal candidate is a self-starter who is comfortable in a fluid work environment, takes ownership of projects and workstreams, and is able to synthesize and communicate information clearly and concisely. 

Skills and Qualifications 
• Motivated by The Engine’s mission to enable Tough Tech entrepreneurs to build foundational technologies and companies. 
• Relevant experience in either government, non-profit or business role that required understanding of the interplay between public policy and business. 
• Demonstrated research, analytical and writing capabilities.
• Pursuing a Masters degree in technology and policy, public policy, or a similar relevant field.  

Outcomes of the Experience: 
• Exposure to leaders and research at the intersection of venture capital, government, and broader financial systems.
• Final report and presentation of recommendations to The Engine team.
• Potential for co-authorship of a solutions-oriented white paper to relevant public policy, entrepreneurial and financial audiences. 
• Build working group(s) to design public-private partnerships, viability of financial interventions or novel solution mechanisms.  

About The Engine: 
The Engine, launched by MIT, invests in early-stage companies solving the world’s biggest problems through a convergence of breakthrough science, engineering, and leadership. We accelerate the path to market for Tough Tech companies through the combination of capital, infrastructure, and network. Since opening its doors in June 2017, The Engine has committed resources to 28 companies and created an unprecedented framework for bringing tough tech from the lab to the commercial world. We also operate a 30,000 square foot facility of office, labs, and machine shop at our headquarters in Cambridge, MA.  The Engine deeply values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We are an equal opportunity employer. We consider all qualified applicants equally for employment. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, protected veteran status, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or any other basis protected by law, ordinance, or regulation. 

Please submit a resume and cover letter via the form on Lever.