Innovation Program Internship

Job description

The role

As the Innovation Program Intern you will have the opportunity to be part of a meaningful network of clients, startups, mentors, investors and learn first hand what it takes to scout the next unicorn startup. You will become part of our extremely talented international team and work in close collaboration with Corporate Programs Manager and Startup Ecosystem Director. Learning key skills needed to design programs and events for our ecosystem, while Rockstart’s high level of execution and satisfaction scores. This is a great opportunity to be a part of our mission to invest in and empower founders to drive positive change on a global scale.


Your main responsibilities are

  • Collaborate with the Corporate Program Manager in the running of various startup accelerator programs: being ingrained in the entire process of planning, executing and evaluating Rockstart’s corporate programs; 

  • To participate in meetings with our startups, mentors and corporate clients.

  • Actively engage with investors, mentors, partners and startups in our in-person and online events.  

  • Gain insights on how our scouting team analyzes potential startups for the corporate programs and supports them in finding the best.

  • Team up with our marketing department, to design and execute the marketing campaigns for our corporate programs. Managing and make the corporate program’s social media platforms your own. 

  • Work closely with the Events manager, to ensure perfect execution of impactful events.


What makes you the perfect candidate?

You have a natural curiosity to learn more about the complexities of the startups, the corporate ecosystems, and a desire to create value. You get a buzz of executing a well organised program or event, ensuring all startups are not only having fun, but gaining knowledge to enable them to apply learnings directly to their day to day, making their vision a success.

This role will put your exemplary social and networking skills to the test. You are a team player, always have a solution driven attitude, and can work calmly and well under pressure.

Must have requirements:

  • Students are registered in a Dutch university or educational institute during the entire duration of the internship;

  • You are currently in your 2nd or 3rd year of your BSc or MSc degree

  • You have some knowledge and deep interest in startup methodology or corporate innovation;

  • It’s a big plus if you have already gained 6+ months of internship or work experience in operations, event management, or project management in either a startup or corporate;

  • You are a strong communicator who gains energy from networking and meeting people;

  • You have a proactive, entrepreneurial, results-oriented attitude with an ability to work effectively in a fast-paced organization;

  • You are fluent in English;

Start: Jan / Feb 2022

Availability: 32-40 hours per week.

Duration: 6 month internship

Location: Amsterdam or Remote Netherlands (under the Dutch contract)

A bit about Rockstart
We are an international team of +35 professionals dedicated to empowering purpose-driven founders to drive positive change on a global scale. We have an entrepreneurial mindset, we are open and honest, we strive to get results and we're committed to our mission. What we value most is founders, their big, bold dreams and how we can add value and create a better future together.

We are a global, remote-first organization with offices in Amsterdam (NL), Copenhagen (DK), and Bogota (COL).

We provide fast-track scaling solutions for purpose-driven founders operating in Energy, AgriFood and Emerging Technology - through domain-focused, mentor-driven programs, market introductions and investments from early stage to series B from our funds.

Since its establishment in 2011, Rockstart has invested in more than 250 startups and its alumni value to date is €750m. Rockstart has notable exits such as Wercker, Bouw7, iClinic and in 2021 3D Hubs and Brincr.