Policy Evangelist (San Francisco, Washington, D.C., or remote)
Engine is hiring a Policy Evangelist to identify startup ecosystem leaders throughout the country and equip them with the knowledge and tools to promote pro-entrepreneurship public policy. This person will spend a significant portion of time in the field, visiting emerging tech communities and growing Engine’s network of startups and entrepreneurs.
As Engine’s Policy Evangelist, you will:
Travel to emerging startup ecosystems to identify and build relationships with ecosystem leaders interested in technology and entrepreneurship policy;
Generate enthusiasm with startup leaders about the value of pro-entrepreneurship public policy and opportunities to influence policy;
Develop an educational curriculum to teach startup leaders about entrepreneurship policy and advocacy;
Build a program to help connect entrepreneur policy advocates from different communities to facilitate collaboration around policy engagement;
Produce written and audio-visual content documenting your work with startup leaders.
Has demonstrated interest in the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship;
Has policy advocacy experience;
Is an excellent teacher, capable of explaining complex topics to novices in clear, understandable terms;
Is a self-starter;
Is willing to travel.
Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Reference “Policy Evangelist” in the subject line.
Please note Engine does not offer fully paid or unpaid internships.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.