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Durham, NC – Paid Research Opportunity – Open Design +

Open De​​​​​​​sign+ is a summer research experience offered during Summer Term II. Working in teams, students will go through the design thinking process, in which they will use qualitative research methods to solve a real-world problem for an assigned client.

This summer marks the first year of this new program. While the program has been modeled after other successful programs at Duke, this is a pilot and the hope is that participating students will help improve the program, viewing this as its own design challenge.

Open Design+ is offered through the Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative and is part of Bass Connections.

What Is Open Design?

Inspired by open source software and development communities, open design is a variation of design thinking that emphasizes the ethical implications of how and what we design.

Through this program, students will learn skills such as:

  • Empathizing with stakeholders and defining problem areas
  • Brainstorming ideas and creating prototypes
  • Testing solutions and iterating
  • Communicating across audiences and media
  • Thinking divergently and convergently
  • Collaborating and problem-solving in uncertain situations.

How Will the Program Work?

We will select two teams of students to be paired with clients this summer. We will likely have one Duke-based client and one Durham-based client. Each team will include 3-4 undergraduate students and a graduate student. Teams will work collaboratively for 40-hours a week during Summer Term II (June 29-August 7). Members of Duke’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship instructional team will introduce students to the design process through a bootcamp and ongoing learning sessions.

Compensation and Application Information

Undergraduate students will receive a $3,000 stipend for this full-time research experience, out of which they must arrange their own housing. Participants may not accept employment or take classes during the program. Students must be active students at the time of participation.

The priority deadline for all student applications is February 14, 2020. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis.


For questions, please contact Aria Chernik ( or Kevin Hoch (

Durham – Duke-UNICEF Accelerator Student Advisory Council

UNICEF and Duke University have come together to create an Innovation Accelerator to identify, assess, develop, and scale sustainable solutions to the most pressing challenges facing children and youth around the world today. Through this partnership, UNICEF and Duke will help social enterprises acquire knowledge, tools and networks to achieve maximum impact for children and youth with their social innovations, focusing on scale and sustainability.  For our first cohort, we will work closely with a select group of social enterprises working in Eastern and Southern Africa in partnership with UNICEF country offices that seek to scale the impact of their innovations around Menstrual Health and Hygiene (MHH).  The Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator is a unique collaboration, providing you with an exciting opportunity to partner with UNICEF and Duke to be a champion for children. This project will catalyze change for greater impact through solutions that enable earlier, faster, and more effective response for children, particularly in emergencies.

While providing direct support for the innovations selected, the Accelerator will increase the engagement of faculty and students in meaningful opportunities for innovation, learning, civic engagement, and knowledge development in the area of innovations for disadvantaged children, encouraging a new generation of leaders and scholars to engage in global efforts of social change.

If you have a strong interest in global health, international development, women’s health, and/or social entrepreneurship, we would like to invite you to consider joining the Duke UNICEF Accelerator Student Advisory Council.

By serving on the committee, you will work alongside administrators and faculty to help shape the vision and direction of Duke UNICEF’s student engagement strategy, which involves aspects of academic education, experiential learning, research, and knowledge sharing.

Being part of the Duke-UNICEF SAC is also an opportunity to network with peers, faculty, and leaders in the private/public sector who are working at the intersection of these fields. The Duke-UNICEF SAC will meet monthly, and members will work on various initiatives throughout the school year to achieve student engagement goals.

The time expectations for committee members will include monthly meetings of one to two hours plus around 5 hours of work per month on planning and execution of Duke-UNICEF initiatives. All committee members must be in good academic standing.

If you are interested in joining this year’s committee, please send a statement of interest to with subject line “Duke-UNICEF SAC”. Your statement of interest should be 1-2 paragraphs detailing your background, experience, year/areas of study, and why you believe you would be a good fit for the Duke-UNICEF SAC. We also welcome attaching a resume.

Thanks, and we look forward to working with you on this exciting new partnership!

Durham – Lojika – Student Ambassador

I graduated from the Fuqua School of Business in 2010, upon graduation worked in New York in Investment Banking afterwards and relocated back to Istanbul. I am now working as a CFO for Lojika Field Labs.
Lojika is a tech start-up founded by ex-Merill Lynch and Deutsche Bank guys. We have developed a unique algorithm that focuses on mobility and ridesharing. The main purpose of the platform is to improve carpooling in a fun and efficient way, and fill up the empty seats in private cars. The drivers use it for cost reimbursement, not for remuneration like Uber.
We have received the highest European high-tech grant in Turkey from the European Commission and our private investors include CEOs of Deutsche Bank Turkey, Credit Suisse Turkey, and BNP Paribas Turkey.
We have tested and proved our product in big metropols such as Istanbul, Madrid, and Tel Aviv over 20,000 test rides and now we want to expand into the US market. As a Duke Alum, I considered Durham to be a good place because of lack of good public transport options and Duke University being the main journey point in most trips.
We need to recruit a student ambassador that have a passion for start-ups to work on our behalf to test our product. We will be paying USD 10-13 per hour depending on the candidate. We could also pay a success fee if the ambassador manages to generate a certain number of trips. At this stage, we do not expect to generate income from the trips.
Email if you are interested!

Multiple Locations – Venture for America – Multiple Roles

Are you happiest when you’re building something?

Do you want to make a real impact at a startup?

Are you ready to join a supportive community of entrepreneurs who are creating jobs in American cities?

VFA is seeking college seniors (Class of 2020) and recent grads (Class of 2017 – 2019) who are excited by the opportunity to grow with a startup, make an economic impact on an American city, and learn entrepreneurial skills.

As a VFA Fellow, you find a full-time, salaried job at a startup, attend our month-long training program, and receive access to entrepreneurial resources as you launch your career.

View our application process and apply by October 4, November 21, or January 31

Duke – Creative Arts Student Teams

Applications are now open for the Creative Arts Student Teams (CASTs) for Duke Arts! Gain professional experience and behind-the-scenes access to the Ruby. This work opportunity serves the Ruby and arts initiatives across campus in way that empowers individual CASTs to “own” their projects, provides meaningful professional development opportunities in arts administration, and fosters a sense of community among the CAST class.

Apply today!
Meet the 2018-19 CASTs.

Berlin – Global Founders Capital – Investment Intern

We currently have open positions for deep tech and generalist investment interns in our early stage investment team in our Berlin Headquarter and were interested to learn if any of your members might be interested in applying. Alternatively, we also have various functional positions available within our portfolio companies including roles in Software Engineering, Data Science, Sales, Marketing, Ops, HR and more. This is an opportunity in a fast-paced working environment which will support you in advancing your career and gaining incredible insights into the global start-up ecosystem and VC deal flow.

Venture Capital – Investment Intern

Job description

We are looking for people with a strong track record and great ambition to intern in our early stage venture capital team in Berlin. GFC is a $1BN+ globally oriented, stage agnostic fund that empowers gifted entrepreneurs. Managed from 8 offices worldwide we are a fund ‘by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs’ with a history of success backing billion-dollar companies such as Facebook, Revolut, Slack, Eventbrite, Away, Canva, Linkedin and many more.

Amongst many exciting challenges, you will:

  • Advance your career with lots of responsibility in a fast-paced working environment.
  • Gain incredible insights into the global start-up ecosystem and VC deal flow.
  • Develop and implement new ideas (processes, knowledge centers, etc).
  • Experience significant personal and professional growth.
  • Work in a flat hierarchy closely with our partners and investment managers.

Some of your responsibilities:

  • Screening & searching for new investment targets
  • Performing industry/landscape/technology evaluations
  • Conducting market sizing and competitor research
  • Building financial models and stress testing unit economics
  • Executing due diligences (expert calls, KPC analysis, etc.)
  • Participating in founder calls & meetings


  • Outstanding academic track record from a leading institution.
  • Strong track record of practical experience at Tier1 employers (Consulting, M&A, PE, BigTech) or in the venture ecosystem (responsible position in startup or VC fund).
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills and a clear hands-on mentality.
  • Knowledge & passion for emerging technologies as well as an innate business model understanding.
  • You feature an unparalleled willingness to drive new topics whatever it takes.

Reach out to with any questions, and apply here:

Durham – First – Product Specialist

First is hiring!
Mike Schneider, First’s Founder and CEO (and winner of the most positive human award), is a proud Duke alum, and he’d love for us to bring on more Blue Devils at the company!
We have a great entry level role for someone who is amazing with excel, tech focused and very attentive to detail.
It’s called a Product Specialist. This person will be focused on customer onboarding and QA (no coding background needed). Here is a direct link to the position (And here is a link to all the jobs we are hiring).
Feel free to share it with anyone you know who wants a foot in the door at a startup! If anyone in particular comes to mind, I’d be happy to talk with them directly.

Cary, NC – Tech Stars – Summer Associate (Business, Marketing, Design, Operations)

Techstars is hiring in Cary, NC! The MetLife Digital Accelerator powered by Techstars is hiring associates in operations, business, marketing, and design for its upcoming insurtech accelerator program, which runs from mid-July through mid-October 2019 and takes place on MetLife’s Global Technology Campus in Cary, NC. You can find more information on open positions at Click here to watch a video and learn more about the program.

Durham – Bass Connections – Open Design at Duke and Beyond


When we hear the word “design,” we often think about a product: the features of a technology, the look of a space, the integrity of a structure. But design also refers to a process that can be used by teams to solve deeply complex, real-world problems. And because the design process (sometimes called design thinking or a variation referred to as human-centered design) asks us to learn and demonstrate essential 21st-century skills – like collaborating with stakeholders, communicating across media, analyzing data and iterating forward, thinking boldly and creatively in the face of uncertainty – more people are starting to think about how a design mindset can be integrated into educational contexts.

Project Description

This Bass Connections project offers students a rare opportunity to help ideate and build design experiences at Duke. Students will gain content knowledge about design thinking and human-centered design, plan and execute a one-day design learning summit, build educational resources for use at Duke and beyond and help design Duke’s new Design+ Durham program. Given Duke’s commitment to interdisciplinary thinking and inclusive action, the team will build a design framework that is dedicated to an open ethos, to a design process that values and promotes access to information, inclusion, diversity, transparency and meritocracy and to collaboration and community. We call this brand of design “open design.”

Anticipated Outputs

Literature review and landscape report; open educational resources about open design for use by anyone within or beyond Duke

Student Opportunities

Ideally, this project will comprise 2-3 graduate students and 3-4 undergraduate students. Applications are welcome from all majors and disciplines. Of particular interest are students from the following disciplines: visual and media studies (graphic design, UI/UX), cultural anthropology (ethnographies), computer science and electrical and computer engineering (development cycles, agile methodologies), education (designing learning resources), innovation and entrepreneurship (innovation cycles, lean methodologies), documentary studies (storytelling), and humanities such as history, philosophy, or English (strong writing and critical thinking). Students should also understand, or be open to understanding, a growth mindset.

  • This team is seeking two undergraduate researchers to begin work in Summer 2019. Students will work part-time and may work remotely. Summer researchers will begin a literature review of prevailing human-centered design and open design theories and will create a landscape report of university offerings and other educational resources from industry, government and nonprofits. Interested students should apply as soon as possible; materials will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Summer 2019 – Summer 2020

  • Summer 2019 (optional): Research: Small research team conducts literature review of prevailing theories and a landscape report of university offerings and other educational resources from industry, government and nonprofits
  • Fall 2019: Learn, Listen, Design: Students gain basic content knowledge about theories of design thinking and human-centered design and what educational resources are currently available; team plans and executes one-day design summit; team begins designing both educational resources about design thinking and human-centered design as well as Design+ Durham program
  • Spring 2020: Build: Team builds educational resources about design thinking and human-centered design for use at Duke and beyond
  • Summer 2020 (optional): Launch of Design+ Durham (open to all Duke students by application)


Independent study credit available for fall and spring semesters; summer funding

Apply Now

Students can apply using our online application.

Durham – Ranger Up – Social Media Marketing (internship and full-time)

We are a weird company and you have to be a special kind of weird to enjoy working here.  The owners of the firm and the majority of the employees have served in the military as Rangers, Green Berets, and Infantrymen.  Others have served as federal agents.  Others have spent years undercover fighting and taking down sex traffickers.  Many of us enjoy MMA, Boxing, and Jiujitsu as hobbies.  One of us fought in the UFC.  This probably makes us sound pretty intense, but we defy those stereotypes because taking yourself that seriously is exhausting.  Our work environment is incredibly informal,with the expectation that we play by “big boy/big girl rules” which simply means that if you say you’re going to do something, everyone here expects that you will do it.

For the right person this is a fun job.  We are located in downtown Durham next to about a thousand restaurants, bars, and coffee shops.  We work in shorts and t-shirts every day.  We have great benefits to include top-tier health, dental, vision, and matching 401k.  We also have a pretty nice coffee maker, so we have that going for us, which is nice.

A lot of companies have no idea how to run social so they try to hire someone right out of college for social media roles hoping they have a magic millennial formula for success.  We are not that company.  We have been involved in social since MySpace, and we continue to beat major companies on organic engagement and paid advertising by a wide margin.  We will teach you how to excel in this area.

Feedback here is constant and direct.  We all expect that of each other.  If you do a great job, expect to be told that.  If you mess up, expect to be told that.  Neither of those things should be seen as a life-changing moment.  What we did yesterday is not good enough for today, and without a feedback loop, none of us get better.

What we’re looking for is someone who has a sound analytic mind (especially parsing data and crunching numbers using excel to segment customers) who enjoys engaging with our significant social network of followers and scouting, acquiring, and managing relationships with influencers, including dealing with occasional bouts of influencer narcissism.

Your job will be as a member of the acquisition team and will consist of two key areas: Analyzing Customer Data and Potential Markets, and finding and managing social media influencers.  While those will be your core tasks, at Ranger Up we have a policy that everyone pitches in whenever necessary, so no one including the CEO is too good for any task.  As such, people that believe they are above any type of work tend to do poorly here.  Conversely though, because we’re not big on ego trips, we all pull our own weight.  There are no menial tasks given to new hires.  We all make our own coffee, and we are all one team.

So here are the two core areas:

Social Media Marketing Analyst

  • Analyze market opportunities and business drivers to optimize marketing strategy and campaign execution.
  • Generate, edit, publish and share daily content that builds meaningful connections and encourages community members to take action.
  • Including, but not limited to, developing an optimal posting schedule that considers web traffic levels and customer engagement.
  • Moderate social media pages in line with the Ranger Up customer interaction policy.
  • Develop, own and deliver the tactical marketing plan to deliver against your team’s strategic objectives using a data driven methodology.
  • Stay up-to-date with changes in all social platforms ensuring maximum effectiveness.
  • Suggest new ways to attract prospective customers, like promotions and competitions.

Social Media Influencer / Ambassador Engagement

  • Target social media influencers based affinity to valuable Ranger Up consumer segments. Specify the requirements required to be a Ranger Up Ambassador.
  • g. >10k Followers so sweep up function can be used, consistent with RU brand values, exists within current or target market segments.
  • Walk every new ambassador through the RU ambassador on-boarding process.
  • Track and manage a budget of assets used on a monthly basis.
  • Payouts, Products given, ensure influencers receive products on time for major releases, etc..
  • Work with design to create content consistent with brand guidelines for ambassadors to adhere to. Include posting cadence and expectations.
  • Assist in the execution of Special Marketing Projects.
  • Assist with outreach, partnerships, and events.
  • Schedule and plan influencers posts across all our social media platform
  • Check affinity and other key metrics as applicable.
  • Work with fellow acquisition team members to weigh the appropriate time to drive traffic to opportunities as determined by sales goals.
  • Analyze social media data and generate reports.
  • Assist with refining an RU social media strategy through feedback loops, radical candor, data, and incremental refinement.
  • Skill Requirements
  • Know the brand voice and be able to use it effectively.
  • Excellent writing, copy editing, presentation and communication skills.
  • Sound understanding of Excel
  • Demonstrable acumen in using social networking and comfortable with/learning social analytics tools.
  • Adequate knowledge of online marketing philosophy and good understanding of major marketing channels.
  • Positive attitude, customer oriented with good multitasking, and good organizational skills.

To Apply:

Send a resume and a non-lame cover letter that honestly tells us why you want to work here to using the subject “Social Media Analyst Job Application” if you’re looking for a full-time job or “Social Media Intern Application” if you want to “tern” it up for the Summer.  <<< You’re not going to get acerbic wit like that just anywhere.

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