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MBA Summer Associate 2024, Venture Investing

Palo Alto
Posted on 
January 1, 2024
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Job Description

Emerson Collective is an organization designed to develop opportunities and solutions in education, environment, immigration, and health equity through philanthropy, creativity and investments. Established and led by Laurene Powell Jobs, Emerson Collective brings together entrepreneurs and academics, artists, community leaders, and more to build solutions that spur measurable, lasting change. We work collectively to make the greatest difference possible.

Emerson Collective Internship Program

Emerson Collective’s summer internship program places college-aged students in paid internship opportunities across Emerson Collective and our affiliate partners XQ Institute , E Pluribus Unum , The Immigration Hub , and Chicago CRED .

Rising college sophomores, juniors and seniors across all majors are eligible to apply to all roles. Current law school students may apply for internships with the Legal team at Emerson Collective. Students that are pursuing a career in marketing or design may apply for internships with the Brand Creative Studio at Emerson Collective.

The Opportunity

Emerson’s venture capital team focuses on partnering with consequential companies delivering generational impact and venture-scale returns. Overall, we are flexible in terms of stage and sector. Some sectors we invest in include climate, edtech, fintech, healthcare, media and journalism, and work. For 2024, we are looking to hire 4 full time MBA Summer Associates, with a focus on growth stage (Series B+), early stage (pre-Seed - Series A), climate (Series B+, with a focus on energy and mobility), and media and journalism (all stages). You will need to specify your interest in 1 of our 4 venture investing groups at time of application and your application will only be considered for that one group.

Qualifications, Skills, And Requirements

  • You are currently pursuing an MBA degree and have the ability to work full-time for at least 8 consecutive weeks over the summer.
  • You have 2–6 years of relevant work experience in venture capital, a startup/technology business, private equity, investment banking, management consulting, or lab research.
  • Deep commitment and passion for making an impact in the technology space.
  • You have demonstrated interest in supporting a diverse range of purpose-driven entrepreneurs who are solving important, complex problems.
  • You produce thorough and concise quantitative and qualitative analyses to form opinions about companies. You are comfortable building accurate financial models and valuing companies. You communicate directly, empathetically, and concisely in both written and verbal form.
  • You thrive in entrepreneurial, diverse environments. You are comfortable taking on new tasks or projects with little direction and adjusting course quickly in response to feedback.
  • You respond to new ideas, projects, and tasks with enthusiasm and are able to operationalize them after looking at them from multiple perspectives (considering the opportunities, risks, creative alternatives, and possible paths forward).
  • You are a collaborative team player with high integrity and work ethic. You invite different perspectives into your work and have a commitment to improving yourself and others by seeking and delivering specific performance feedback.
  • You love meeting new people and learning about new companies and industries. You enjoy building relationships and feel comfortable taking the lead in conversations in your areas of expertise.


Emerson Collective is a Bay Area-based organization with offices in Chicago, New York, Oakland and Washington, D.C. This position is located in Palo Alto or San Francisco and is onsite 40 hours/week.


The internship will be paid on an hourly basis at a rate of $50/hour.


The length of this summer internship can range from 8 to 13 weeks, depending on candidate availability.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this position is February 11, 2024 .

Questions about the Emerson Collective internship or application? Email us at .

This position requires being up to date on COVID vaccination consistent with current CDC guidelines, subject to documented religious and/or medical exemptions.

Building a diverse and inclusive workforce is key to our mission and values as we strive to create systemic change and open possibilities for all of the communities we serve. To that end, we provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or genetics.

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