Internships

A world-class internship opportunity for smart, ambitious, and exemplary students interested in becoming excellent professionals.

Join our world-class team in Washington, D.C. for an internship that gives you real responsibility and unparalleled professional development.

Members of the SV Summer 2018 Intern Class

Members of the SV Summer 2018 Intern Class

Who is this internship for?

  • Open to college students, graduate school students, and exceptional high school juniors & seniors.

  • High GPA (3.8+) & high SATs (750+) or ACT (33+).

  • Active involvement on campus demonstrating initiative & leadership.

  • Exceptional drive, intelligence, consistent actions of integrity, & desire to achieve great things.

  • Internships are also available for International/Non-US Citizens. International students must have grades at the top 5% of his or her degree to be eligible.

What do interns do?

I was an Operations intern but took on a variety of tasks in both finance and strategic partnership development, each of which required me to learn important technical skills, improve my personal productivity, and think creatively and deeply.
— Luke Cannon, University of Notre Dame
  • Interns work on the most urgent and important projects at the companies within Saffron Ventures’ portfolio. This means you will either work on projects in one of our existing companies or on projects in Saffron Ventures Innovation.

  • Based on their background and interests, interns are paired with a senior-level manager within one of our portfolio companies.

  • Under the direction of their managers, interns work with high levels of responsibility and impact, just like members of our permanent staff.

  • Interns may be exposed to many diverse areas of business, including promotion, sales, operations, finance, and product design. Intern roles include but are not limited to: Admissions Interns, Business Development Interns, & Operations Interns.

When can I intern?

  • Summer: 10 weeks, 40 hours/week, May 20 - July 26, 2019

  • Winter: 2 weeks, 40 hours/week, December through January.

  • Semester: Long term internships, 10-30 hours/week, depending on interns’ academic schedules.

Internships at SV consist of real responsibility & autonomy to turn new ideas for companies & non-profits into reality. Here is Summer 2018 intern Nick Leaver and members of the SV team.

Internships at SV consist of real responsibility & autonomy to turn new ideas for companies & non-profits into reality. Here is Summer 2018 intern Nick Leaver and members of the SV team.

This summer, I have learned how to take an idea and turn it into a functioning machine, and to do so as fast as possible while maintaining a core focus on the ultimate goal.
— Nick Leaver, University of Virginia

What does the internship offer?

  • Market rate pay for internships in the D.C. area.

  • Through their work on high-priority projects, interns are guaranteed to learn a range of new skill-sets for becoming an excellent professional.

  • Each of our intern classes participates in regular seminars and discussions on topics related to business, entrepreneurship, and personal growth.

  • Interns are offered the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive training program led by SV senior staff for professional and personal development.

  • All of our internships are paid, and interns are offered catered lunch twice a week as well as participation in company-wide social events.

  • Our internship program offers students the opportunity to work and spend time with other world-class interns & teammates.

The pace of work and amount of responsibility I was given at SV immediately separated this program from other internships I have done. From day one I was given tasks that were highly instructive and generated value for the company. The expectations were demanding but encouraged me to take initiative to succeed.
— Juliana Dauchess, University of Navarra

How competitive is this?

It is very competitive and most applicants don't get selected. This doesn't mean the candidates not selected are not competent. Our review process takes into consideration many variables from academic grades to background, to past work experience, attitude, motivation, references, etc. We only hire a candidate if we think the candidate will benefit from the program and add tons of value to our work & community.

 
 

How do I apply?

The internship application process is similar to the full time staff application process, but is slightly modified & reduced for intern candidates.

  1. Phone Call: Schedule a call with Saffron Ventures representative to learn more about the program & process. (15 minutes)

  2. Application Form: If we think you might be a good fit for the internship, we will send you a link to the application form, where you’ll submit background information, including your educational history, extracurricular activities, and your most recent & relevant work experience. (30 minutes)

  3. Stage 1 Work Samples: As soon as you complete the application form, you will receive access and instructions to the Stage 1 remote application tasks. (3-4 hours)

  4. Stage 2 Video Interviews + Work Samples: If you pass Stage 1, you will receive an invitation to complete Stage 2, which consists of two video interviews with members of the Saffron team and two 30-minute work samples. (2-3 hours)

  5. Stage 3 References: The culmination of the application process we will also ask to speak with references. If you pass this stage, we'll invite you to join the team!

 
Summer 2018 intern Vincent Buono presenting to members of the SV team.

Summer 2018 intern Vincent Buono presenting to members of the SV team.

 
I would absolutely recommend this internship for two main reasons. First, the culture here is perfectly conducive to someone seeking to thrive in an engaging workplace. This is in large part due to the considerable amount of communication that comes with any position here. Second, the high learning curve has forced me to be on top of my game each and every day. Since there is so much work to go around, I immediately got the feeling that I was not going to be treated as a stereotypical “intern” but rather as an employee expected to contribute to the success of the team.
— Vincent Buono, University of Notre Dame

Meet Some of Our 2018 Interns:

 
Juliana Dauchess:  Business Development Intern  Juliana is in her 3rd year at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. She is pursuing a degree in bilingual humanities. During her internship, Juliana designed & implemented strategies for global development and developed program & marketing materials in multiple languages.

Juliana Dauchess: Business Development Intern

Juliana is in her 3rd year at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. She is pursuing a degree in bilingual humanities. During her internship, Juliana designed & implemented strategies for global development and developed program & marketing materials in multiple languages.

Luke Cannon: Operations Intern   Luke is a senior at the University of Notre Dame, where he is completing a double major in economics and art history. This summer, Luke led variance analysis reviews to ensure peak operational performance globally and ensured successful international partnership development by spearheading the organization of Atlantis’ premiere international medical connections conference.

Luke Cannon: Operations Intern

Luke is a senior at the University of Notre Dame, where he is completing a double major in economics and art history. This summer, Luke led variance analysis reviews to ensure peak operational performance globally and ensured successful international partnership development by spearheading the organization of Atlantis’ premiere international medical connections conference.

 
 
Margaret Youngblood:  Business Development Intern  Margaret recently graduated from Thomas Aquinas College with a degree in liberal arts. She is pursuing a career in business and finance. During her internship, Margaret supervised business process improvement projects, established & maintained new client relationships, and coordinated outreach and training logistics for new programs domestically and globally.

Margaret Youngblood: Business Development Intern

Margaret recently graduated from Thomas Aquinas College with a degree in liberal arts. She is pursuing a career in business and finance. During her internship, Margaret supervised business process improvement projects, established & maintained new client relationships, and coordinated outreach and training logistics for new programs domestically and globally.

Vincent Buono:  Financial Operations Intern  Vincent is a junior at the University of Notre Dame and is studying data analytics. While working at Atlantis, Vincent took on responsibilities within the Finance & International Operations team, including auditing and processing of global transactions and analyzing budgets across multiple international regions.

Vincent Buono: Financial Operations Intern

Vincent is a junior at the University of Notre Dame and is studying data analytics. While working at Atlantis, Vincent took on responsibilities within the Finance & International Operations team, including auditing and processing of global transactions and analyzing budgets across multiple international regions.