MassChallenge Boston - Community & Ecosystem Research Intern (Summer 2018)

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

MassChallenge Boston – Community &  Ecosystem Research Intern

Not all internships are created equal. MassChallenge offers an unparalleled opportunity for interns to make a big impact in the world! If you are a college student or post-graduate with a passion for creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship, we want to meet you! MassChallenge offers semester-long and summer-long internships in all departments. Full-time and part-time hours are available.

As a Research Intern at MassChallenge, you are responsible for developing research and information to uncover opportunities to support the long-term growth of the MassChallenge Boston program. You will report to the Managing Director (MD) of MassChallenge Boston. You will get to see first-hand how the organization operates and have many opportunities to help us reach our goals. You will work closely with the MD to support her and be a liaison between her efforts and the rest of the organization.

This position will enable you to learn from the MD and get perspective on all facets of a fast-growing organization. You should thrive off a fast-paced work environment; have a willingness to roll up your sleeves, and the conviction to grow into an expert in the not-for-profit, global startup accelerator, and innovation economy realms. You will learn more than you can imagine in this role, so we are looking for someone who is excited to learn and grow as an individual and/or professional.

Major Responsibilities Include

  • Conduct research on accelerators, industries, startup ecosystems and corporate innovation trends as directed by the MD.
  • Research and build a framework to map the startup ecosystem in greater Boston
  • Provide analysis on how other non-profit entrepreneurship support organizations effectively support high-impact, high-potential startups
  • Research companies and individuals in advance of MD meetings or events as needed
  • Identify relevant info sources for MD to read on a local and national level related to innovation economies, accelerators and other topics as needed
  • Participate in external meetings with the MD where appropriate to learn, take notes and create a synopsis.
  • Be a utility player for the organization where needed - assist with events, special projects and other initiatives across departments as needed to support the Boston team

Desired Skills & Background

  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to set priorities, multitask, organize time effectively, conduct research and identify resources for projects
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, including ability to work both in groups and individually to meet goals and to develop strong working relationships with internal staff and external constituents
  • High degree of motivation and self-discipline with a strong work ethic. Maintains a conscientious approach to work with the ability to meet tight deadlines, anticipate needs and be proactive
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills and background – Word, Excel, PowerPoint; while also being able to quickly learn systems and processes specific to the department
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including proofreading and editing
  • Commitment to providing high-quality service through responsiveness to all requests and maintains a professional demeanor at all times
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills and background – Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Comfortable working on tight deadlines
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication 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 of All Applicants

  • You are committed to success and will take this opportunity seriously.
  • Ideally, you can commit 40 hours per week, we require a commitment of at least 25 hours per week. 

  • 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 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.
  • You are well-versed in technology: We use: Macs, PCs, Microsoft Office, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Eventbrite and custom web applications and databases.
    • You don't need to be an expert in all of these platforms -- but you need to be competent enough with technology to learn new software quickly.


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.

Please note that MassChallenge is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and startup, and all MassChallenge internships are unpaid.

How to Apply

In addition to submitting your resume, please submit 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 at MassChallenge in particular.
  2. Why You: Detail why you are a perfect match for this particular job.
  3. Why This Position: Tell us why you want to work in this specific role.

Please be sure that the cover letter is no longer than a single page.  Finally, when you send us your LinkedIn profile, please do NOT cut and paste the URL from your browser's address bar. Rather, please provide the shorter URL that LinkedIn provides, which includes your name.