Venture Fund

Summer Internships

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1L NYU Law students interested in pursuing a career in entrepreneurship can apply for $15,000 in funding from the Venture Fund to intern at a startup during the summer. These internships provide 1L students the opportunity to develop skills and experience outside of the legal field at companies led by NYU Law alumni.

The 2020-21 application period is now closed. Final hiring decisions will be made by Friday, January 29, 2021.


2020-21 Summer Internship Opportunities


Octant, Inc.

SynBio Startup Internship
Emeryville, CA

Job Description

If you're interested in entrepreneurship and the life sciences, this could be a great role for you. Octant’s mission is to engineer biology to rationalize drug discovery. As a member of the Octant operations team, you’ll work with experienced attorneys, entrepreneurs and some of the top technologists in synthetic biology. You'll use your analytical, organizational, and make-it-happen skills across a variety of potential areas (strategy, business development, legal, finance, and operations). You thrive on getting things done, are eager to troubleshoot random tasks that arise in startups, and can navigate the uncertainty of an ever-changing and fast-paced environment.

This job might be great for you if you:

  • Are excited to learn more about how the operations team supports and advances a fast-paced and collaborative biotech startup.
  • Enjoy learning and utilizing new technology, in both office and lab settings, that keep a startup rolling.
  • Are an ante-disciplinary generalist who thrives in team environments and are eager to work on bold projects.

Octant is an equal opportunity company. We welcome everyone, and we do our best to make sure all people feel supported and connected at work. We're working towards a more diverse scientific community, and welcome applicants from all backgrounds.



Tech Startup Internship
New York, NY

Job Description

TechGC is a private, invitation-only community platform for in-house business lawyers. Our flagship community tailors exclusively to General Counsels of high-growth technology companies and venture capital funds and includes more than 1,700 members. We also run DeputyGC, which is a community of senior and mid-level in-house counsel and includes ~200 members. Our ambition is to foster career success and advancement for our members by providing them with an unparalleled, global network of peers and experts, as well as a comprehensive set of professional tools and resources. In addition to our online member platform, we produce more than 100 events across the country each year and we partner with the nation’s leading law firms to generate unique and highly-targeted content for in-house lawyers in the tech industry.

The TechGC Summer Internship is a highly selective, full-time summer position for rising 2Ls interested in the intersection of law and startups. This is a truly unique opportunity to develop your business skills at a rapidly growing startup while simultaneously building out an enviable network of top legal executives at some of today’s most interesting and innovative technology startups, venture funds and law firms.

The ideal candidate for this job is a true ‘athlete’ - someone that is eager to learn fast and dive deep into a number of different initiatives across the company. Specific duties include:

  • Researching and staying on top of legal trends affecting the startup/tech ecosystem
  • Generating original content tailored to our community; including in the form of written blog posts (e.g., from interviews conducted with our members) and podcasts
  • Creating, executing and optimizing marketing campaigns for our public-facing initiatives
  • Turbo-charging our social media channels (LinkedIn and Twitter) to expand our reach and engagement
  • Attending and assisting at our private events and conferences
  • Assisting with a variety of other member and product-related initiatives as needed

About You

To succeed in this position, you must be:

  • Passionate about all things startup and tech, but most especially the legal team’s role in supporting and advancing a high-growth tech startup
  • Curious and enthusiastic about building, scaling and engaging communities
  • A highly motivated self-starter, capable of working efficiently and productively without much oversight (but also not afraid to ask for help if/when something is over your head)
  • An excellent written and verbal communicator
  • Personable and excited about building professional relationships
  • Fluent in modern cloud-based office software (Microsoft, Google, Dropbox, Slack, etc.) and social media platforms (LinkedIn and Twitter), and extremely comfortable learning new technologies
  • Extremely organized, diligent and focused; a natural multi-tasker who can follow-up and manage competing priorities without compromising quality

While not necessary, some or all of the following skills/experiences are also a plus:

  • Prior work experience, ideally at a tech startup
  • Experience in digital marketing and/or social media management (whether for your own personal channels or a professional organization)
  • Experience editing and publishing written content (e.g., at a journal, school newspaper, blog, etc.)
  • A Computer Science (or equivalent) degree and/or experience with one or more programming languages or “no code” platforms (e.g., Bubble, Zapier, Airtable, etc.)


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