Summer 2017: Diversity & Inclusion Programs Associate

New York, NY and Providence, RI

Venture for America (VFA) is a nonprofit startup that recruits, selects, and trains highly talented recent college grads, places them at startups in emerging US cities for two years of hands-on experience, and provides them with access to the network and resources to become company builders and job creators. The Fellowship is highly selective, as is our team, and we’re looking for people who can jump in and make a huge impact.

The VFA Programs Team runs the ongoing training, job support, and skill development opportunities that transform our Fellows into value creation engines, beginning with our summer Training Camp. Training Camp is a rigorous 5-week program held on campus at Brown University, that will prepare the Venture for America Class of 2017 to hit the ground running as early-stage startup employees and entrepreneurs. This opportunity runs for 10 weeks from May 30-August 4, with some flexibility around start and end dates. Before and after Training Camp, you’ll work from VFA headquarters in NYC.

We’re seeking a highly motivated Master’s student with with studies and leadership related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness (DEI) who will apply DEI concepts in developing best practices, training, and programming to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators.   

You are:

    • A high-achieving Master's student with studies and leadership related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness (DEI) and an interest in startups or economic empowerment
    • Someone who has a high level of self awareness
    • Someone who has had previous internships or other professional experience in DEI encouraged, but not required
    • Open to challenges and a high level of responsibility; you’re an ambitious self-starter with exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
    • A team player who feels that no task is too small. You’re ready to take out the trash after events, and generally do whatever it takes to keep Training Camp running seamlessly
    • An excellent communicator who can represent VFA professionally while interacting with Fellows, high-level supporters, and other Training Camp guests
    • Strongly aligned with VFA’s values and excited about our mission

What you'll do:

    • Take the lead in developing programming for Fellows to increase their awareness of DEI and empower them to create opportunities for themselves and others
    • Identify experts within the DEI community with whom VFA can collaborate on events, training, and programming
    • Develop recommendations for DEI best practices to be adopted by VFA team members working with Fellows during and after Training Camp
    • Develop presentations, trainings and/or facilitate discussions on DEI, allyship, etc
    • Work full-time in Providence, RI from June 18 - July 21, and from VFA’s headquarters in New York City before (May 30 - June 17) and after Training Camp (July 22 - August 4)
    • Support the core team managing daily operations at Training Camp, including managing the schedule, preparing materials and spaces for trainings and events, networking with trainers, and other logistics
    • Manage at least one major project related to diversity and inclusion that will serve as the capstone of your work
    • Be a resource for Fellows and plan activities to enhance their experience

The Good Stuff:

    • The VFAmily: we have a fun, tightly-knit team culture (a must to live together in Providence for five weeks!), and you’ll have an opportunity to make a real impact over the course of the summer
    • The substantive, marketable experience: we treat you as a member of the team, despite how long you spend with us. We’ll give you tons of responsibility from day one, and the more you rise to the occasion the more we’ll have you take on
    • The inside scoop: you’ll have a front-row seat to a premier entrepreneurship training program, and will have the opportunity to regularly sit in on trainings
    • The network: one of the best parts of working at VFA is getting to know the Fellows, alumni, and supporters
    • The perks: we offer a $2,500 stipend for this role, and we’ll cover your room, board, and travel expenses while at Training Camp (you’ll secure your own housing while in NYC)