Volunteering at MassChallenge
Interns (year round): Having a MassChallenge Internship on your resume will tell future employers that you have a clear understanding of what working in a startup means: flat organization; on-the-job-learning (mentorship by doing); shifting priorities; and, very few resources. In other words, you need to be resourceful and at cause. Internships are available for a semester, or for the summer. Interns are asked to spend a minimum of 10 hours and three days a week at MassChallenge. Summer internships generally require 40 hours per week at our offices in Boston. For details on current internship openings, and to apply, go to: http://masschallenge.org/jobs.
General Volunteers (year round): MassChallenge is an amazing nonprofit because we have some of the best volunteers helping us keep things running all year long! Volunteers are needed to help with events, partner collaborations, marketing, and all the tasks which go into running the largest-ever startup accelerator and competition, and the first to support high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs with no strings attached. Volunteers are asked to spend a minimum of from 5 to 20 hours every week at MassChallenge.
Judging (May & October): Each May we have 300 companies compete to become MassChallenge finalists. In October the ones who did make it to the finalist round are then judged again in our pre-final judging. Over these 3-6 days the teams will present to a panel of 6-8 judges, who are leaders in their fields. We need help proctoring rooms, registering teams and judges, and ensuring that everyone has the best experience possible. This is your chance to get to meet the heads of some of the world’s greatest startup companies!
Awards Ceremony (late October): The annual Awards Ceremony is the culmination of the yearly MassChallenge competition and accelerator. That evening we award the $1 million in cash prizes and also hear from some of the world’s leading entrepreneurs. Volunteers are needed all day to help pull off this 1,000+ person event and after-party!
Ambassadors (February - early April): MassChallenge Ambassadors help spread the word about the yearly competition and accelerator. As an Ambassador you might be running an informational session, accompanying one of our staff to a major speaking event to help them network, or creating special events to help with the marketing of MassChallenge. We are looking for bright, energetic supporters who want to spread their enthusiasm for MassChallenge to the world!
Applying to Be A Volunteer If you would like to be one of these four types of volunteers – and if the fast paced environment of MassChallenge appeals to you -– please apply at http://bit.ly/MCApply Please attach two things: 1. Your resume. 2. A short cover letter that answers the question, Why does the pace/mission of MassChallenge appeal to you?
Thank you for your interest in MassChallenge!