The PeakSpan year-round internship program was created to provide current undergraduates with a unique and rich opportunity to join one or multiple of PeakSpan’s BluePrint Theme teams, cultivate a deep understanding of the theme and contribute meaningfully towards the progress of the theme in a variety of capacities. Our BluePrint themes are organized around various business software verticals. For example,
themes could be structured around: HR software, eCommerce software, Supply Chain software, etc.
The key objective of a BluePrint Theme team at PeakSpan is simple: to cultivate a strong pipeline of investment prospects in a given category of business software. Closely tied to this objective is building exceptional domain expertise across a variety of sub-categories within each BP theme. Interns will work closely with Associates and will be treated as a full member of the team. Above all else, our aim is to provide interns with a rich first experience sourcing software investments, a tangible skillset (spanning: research, oral and written communication, and organizational best practices), and a foundational knowledge of the given BluePrint theme.
About Your Responsibilities
Interns will be trusted with ample responsibility within each BluePrint theme team. While there is room for elaboration of responsibilities –
at the beginning of the program, the responsibilities of the intern can be broken up into four key areas:
1. Qualified Lead Generation
a. Upon gaining an understanding of PeakSpan’s target investment profile and an understanding of the BluePrint theme, Interns will be responsible for initial qualification of investment prospects in two capacities:
i. Through carrying out assigned prospecting activities (researching tradeshows, awards-lists, etc.).
ii. Through any other strategies deemed worthwhile by the intern. Interns will have the freedom to seek out
investment prospects on their own (with guidance from the rest of the team).
2. Investment Prospect Outreach Preparation
a. Work closely with BluePrint Theme team associates to heavily research the investment prospects Help prepare outreach through researching Founder/CEO bios, contacts, and surfacing relevant articles
b. Create brief talking-points / informational primers for senior team-members to reference during first calls
3. Investment Prospect Funnel Tracking and Communication Process Management
a. Working closely with associates to track closely the progress of our outreach efforts
b. Surface new articles or otherwise relevant content to be sent to active prospects
c. Manage Salesforce, Asana and other tracking mechanisms set forth by the BluePrint Theme Team
4. BluePrint Theme Development
a. Leadership on key initiatives to surface and connect with knowledgeable domain experts and thought leaders Helping
further build out PeakSpan’s industry classification schema
b. Ad-Hoc research assignments, relevant to our BluePrint themes, and any portfolio companies currently within our
BluePrint themes (including macro sector research, research on competition, pricing, etc.)
• You are currently an undergraduate freshman, sophomore or junior
• You are a team player
• You learn quickly, and have a high degree of intellectual curiosity
• You have excellent written and verbal communication skills
• You are well organized and can masterfully manage numerous projects, timelines, and discrete tasks
• You have a proven or emerging passion for the venture capital industry
• You have a strong interest in business software (this is all we do!)
About the Internship Program.
PeakSpan’s internship program is unpaid and lasts for 12 weeks with 100% flexibility on the start and end dates. While there are no formal time commitments, candidates should only apply if able to dedicate on average 10-15 hours per week for the vast majority of the 12 weeks.
Candidates located near PeakSpan’s offices (NYC and San Francisco) are welcome to join the team in the office anytime; however, there are no expectations of in-person visits since all the work can be done remotely. Interns will interface primarily with the associates but will have ample opportunity to meet and interact with everyone at the firm. Specifically, each BluePrint theme team conducts one internal video conference per week – which the intern will be expected to join (and in some cases lead!). Outside of video conferences, the primary forms of communication are Slack or email. Following completion of the 12 weeks, interns may be considered for extensions or for the full-time
summer internship program.