Dear Penn Community,
PCI Ventures is initiating our next cycle of the Volunteer Internship Program. We are searching for talented individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit that are looking to develop their skills by gaining hands-on experience volunteering within a startup in our portfolio. We welcome Penn undergraduate students, graduate students and postdocs to apply. Prior volunteers have reported great professional growth and personal satisfaction from supporting an early stage venture and working closely with the CEO and/or Founders. In turn, our portfolio companies report valuable contributions from volunteers with a variety of backgrounds and skills for tasks such as:
Please submit your application by Sept 18, 2020. Applications will be accepted beyond this date too; however, the chance of being contacted by a startup may be reduced since companies gain access to prospective volunteer resumes around this date. Your resume will be accessible to PCI Ventures companies and Pennovation Center startups who will reach out to you directly for an interview. If mutual interest for a volunteer opportunity exists, specifics of the engagement (e.g. working hours, length of engagement, responsibilities, deliverables etc.) will be worked out between you and the company CEO directly. Virtual internships are encouraged. For those that require in-person interaction, companies and students must adhere to local, state, university and CDC guidelines regarding social distancing and pandemic protocols to ensure a productive and safe internship experience for all.
Though participating startups are not in a position to pay volunteers, here is a resource to check out to see if you qualify for a student award or stipend through the University. We'll add to this list, as we become aware of additional sources:
- Startup Internship Award from Wharton Student Entrepreneurship
PCI Ventures (PCIV) supports the commercialization of technologies developed by the Penn community through company formation, strategic advising, entrepreneurial recruitment, and more. With over 60 active companies in our portfolio, we engage with Penn faculty, staff and students in a variety of ways. PCIV connects startups to much needed resources to grow and scale their businesses, including access to advisors, executives, mentors, investors, interns, programming etc.
The Pennovation Center is a business incubator and laboratory that supports the commercialization of research discoveries. Marrying entrepreneurs, researchers, and innovators with an expert workforce and scientifically advanced facilities, key Pennovation offerings include common creative spaces, coworking areas, and curated events and programs.