ENGINE CAREERS

 

Current Openings

Policy Analyst (San Francisco, CA) 

Engine is hiring a Policy Analyst in San Francisco to help formulate positions on key policy debates related to technology entrepreneurship and become an issue-area expert on one or more policy areas affecting startups. This person will be a core part of a small but growing team.

As Engine’s Policy Analyst, you will:

  • work closely with Engine’s Executive Director and Policy Director to develop strategy and to shape Engine’s take on policy issues;

  • represent Engine in public at conferences and events, and in meetings with startups, partner organizations, and government officials;

  • research and provide analysis of various policies in development that would affect tech entrepreneurship;

  • translate policy issues to the general public;

  • serve as the key point of contact for at least one major Engine program;

  • establish and manage relationships with Bay Area startups and technology partners;

  • develop and coordinate Engine events in the Bay Area;

  • write blog posts, newsletters, and other content.

We suspect you’re the kind of person who:

  • has a background in one or more of the following areas: intellectual property; immigration reform; STEM initiatives; access to capital issues; telecommunications / Internet infrastructure;

  • loves solving problems through better policy (as it affects startups in particular);

  • can read a complex legal document or white paper and then explain it in plain English to non-experts;

  • is a wonk on particular issues, but able to quickly learn about many different policy areas;

  • is visionary enough to know what the best policy is, but pragmatic enough to grasp the underlying political realities and obstacles;

  • has an engineering or technical background;

  • has a background working for startups in venture capital.

Your ability and intellect are more important than the specifics of your resume, so we encourage you to apply if you want to work at Engine but don’t think you are an exact fit for these characteristics.

Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, noting which issue(s) outlined above are most important to you, and a resume to careers@engine.is. Reference “Policy Analyst” in the subject line.

We welcome all qualified candidates regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, or political affiliation. We are committed to building a diverse organization where employees can gain experience that will serve them for the rest of their careers.

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Please note Engine does not offer fully paid or unpaid internships. Read why here.

Policy focused undergraduates, MPP & law students: Research and Policy Analysis Projects

If you’re an MPP candidate, law student, or policy-focused undergraduate with an interest in policies that impact startups, Engine is accepting volunteers to collaborate on policy research or analysis projects. Volunteers will work with Engine’s policy staff to help develop their own policy research ideas related to the tech entrepreneurship issues Engine cares about—from immigration and patent reform to startup financing and telecommunications issues. Volunteers will have the opportunity to release a piece of original research, co-branded with and supported by Engine.

If interested, please send your resume and a proposal of no more than 500 words outlining your research idea and how you would execute this project to volunteers@engine.is. Reference “Policy Project” in the subject line. Please note Engine has a limited capacity to oversee volunteer projects.

 

Policy focused undergraduate & graduate students: Startup City Assessment

If you’re an undergraduate with an interest in startups, new business development, technology, or local policy, Engine is accepting volunteers to conduct research and generate a report on the startup community in their current city or town.

Over the course of 6 – 12 weeks, students conduct 1:1 interviews, collate online materials, and analyze available data to draft a report on the state of startups in their city. Students will schedule regular check-ins with Engine staff to help guide the direction of the report and offer advice and resources.

The final report should identify and describe:

  • Major players in their startup community: companies, entrepreneurs, accelerators, civic groups, etc.
  • Leading startup industries
  • Resources available to new entrepreneurs
  • Local policy initiatives to support the growth of startups
  • Talent pool: universities, training centers, larger companies
  • Capital sources: foundations, local government, angel investors, venture capital firms

The report may be featured on Engine’s website. In addition to the report, we encourage students to write a blog post presenting the final report to be published on our blog.

Volunteers should have excellent writing and communication skills; some experience with research projects and exhibit professionalism in representing Engine.

If interested, please send your resume and a proposal of no more than 500 words outlining how you would execute this project to volunteers@engine.is. Reference “Startup City Assessment” in the subject line. Please note Engine has a limited capacity to oversee volunteer projects.


We welcome all qualified candidates regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, or political affiliation. We are committed to building a diverse organization where employees can gain experience that will serve them for the rest of their careers.