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Core Business Intern, Texas

Department: Marketing
Location: Austin, TX

Not all internships are created equal. In fact, MassChallenge is world-renowned for high impact internships that offer unparalleled opportunities to aspiring young professionals. If you are a current student or recent graduate with a passion for creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship, we want to meet you!  

MassChallenge internships are semester and summer-long engagements that support all facets of business. We offer a flexible schedule; hands-on, real-world work experience; and a creative environment to learn and grow.  

MassChallenge interns support and assist in the planning and execution of communications, operations, and partnerships initiatives. This includes but is not limited to collecting and organizing data, planning and attending events, producing digital marketing assets, coordinating speaker schedules, sitting in on partner meetings, and more; all in the name of building ground-breaking programs that support high-potential, early stage startups. (Read below for specific work examples.) 


Our interns are self-directed individuals who are comfortable taking direction from team members, ask for help when they need it, and take the initiative to learn the current startup landscape across Texas.  


If the above gets your heart racing and gives you butterflies, then this is an internship opportunity for you. Read more about the specific opportunities below to get your applications started!  

Work Examples 
The work you do will vary and may be heavier in some areas than others. The following are the types of work you’ll actually do in your internship with MassChallenge Texas: 
Communications Work Examples: 

  • Support the planning and execution of events for the MassChallenge Texas community 

  • Research and draft digital marketing content including: blogs, vlogs, social media posts, etc… 

  • Support the development of email campaigns, newsletters and website copy.  

  • Curate and manage data about the “who’s who” in startups and entrepreneurship resources across Texas  

  • Identify community events and speaking opportunities for MassChallenge Texas to be seen 


Operations Work Examples: 

  • Support curriculum development and workshop planning 

  • Speaker outreach and management 

  • Calendar creation and management 

  • Plan and attend startup events 

  • Organize and scrub data for Salesforce ? 


Partnership Work Examples: 

  • Support logistics of client accounts 

  • Support the planning of and attend partnerships events 

  • Draft materials and proposals for current partners and new partner outreach 

  • Support the maintenance of sales records and prospecting activities  

  • Coordinate schedules and meetings among the MCTX team and partners 

Who You Are
MassChallenge interns are self-starters that share our passion for startups and innovation. In addition, you should also be/have… 

  • Outstanding writing and editing skills 

  • Well-versed in technology and basic computer programs, cloud based platforms, and websites like: Microsoft Office, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Outlook, Eventbrite, etc… Adobe Creative Suite is a bonus. 

  • Detail oriented and organized 

  • Basic understanding of business principles 

  • The ability to meet deadlines and produce quality work. This means you are willing to put in the effort to get the job done right, not done right now.  

  • Quick learner who listens and asks good questions  

  • The confidence to share your ideas, participate in business conversations, and take (or give) constructive criticism 

  • Positive disposition, ability to play well with others and find the humor in chaos 

  • Strong customer service skills 



Benefits of working with MassChallenge 
MassChallenge provides significant professional development and growth opportunities and access to an incredible network of innovators and entrepreneurs. Specifically, interns: 

  • Gain direct access to the world's highest-impact startups across all industries. 

  • Gain direct access to the world's best and most supportive startup resources, including top investors, corporate executives, politicians, university personnel and more. 

  • Learn how to optimize the growth of startups across multiple industries. 

  • Learn how and when startups should seek key resources and support. 


General Expectations  
As an intern, you are committed to success and will take this opportunity seriously. And… 

  • Work with your manager to create a realistic schedule for your workload. We offer a flexible schedule with a minimum requirement of 10 hours per week and the ability to work extra hours when needed.  

  • You are excited about the mission of MassChallenge to "Help entrepreneurs win". 

  • You will thrive on being at the center of the startup universe and take advantage of the opportunities given to you during your internship. 

  • You can work effectively in a startup environment with relatively little structure. 

  • You are independent, biased to action, resourceful, and willing to learn while doing. 


All MassChallenge interns are offered unparalleled access to global startups, expert mentors, and top service providers. The MassChallenge team devotes our time and energy to supporting our interns to ensure your success with MassChallenge and beyond. NOTE: MassChallenge is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and startup, and all MassChallenge internships are unpaid. We will work with your school’s career services departments and internship coordinators to ensure you get class credit if required. 


How to Apply 
Draft a one-page cover letter in which you tell us about yourself by answering the following questions: 

  1. Why Startups: Tell us why you want to work with startups, and why MassChallenge in particular. 

  1. Why You: Detail why you are a perfect match for this particular job. 

  1. Why This Position: Tell us which of the opportunities you prefer and why you want to work in this specific role. 

Application Instructions

  • Please be sure that the cover letter is no longer than a single page and includes a link to your LinkedIn profile. Do NOT cut and paste the LinkedIn URL from your browser's address bar. Rather, provide the short URL LinkedIn provides. 

  • If you would like to include your resume, please create one file that includes your cover letter and resume.  

  • Not following these instructions will automatically remove you from the running for these internship opportunities.  


Employment at MassChallenge is contingent upon verification of identity and eligibility to work in the country that the position is based in, based on applicable laws.

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