Career Opportunities

Venture Team Internship | Future Fund



New Haven, CT, USA
Posted on Tuesday, October 24, 2023
As Connecticut's strategic venture capital arm and one of the most active investors on the eastern seaboard, CI has a portfolio of 220+ companies across various industries, with strengths in life sciences, technology and climate tech. CI meets with hundreds of companies every year, identifying the most promising early-stage companies looking to grow in the state. Every year, CI invests in 20+ new companies, in addition to providing follow-on capital to existing portfolio companies.

  • CI has invested $620 million in innovative startups since 1995.
  • CI's leveraging power is 9X, or $5.6 billion.

CI invested $42.2 million in 71 companies in the fiscal year (FY 2023) ending June 30, 2023. CI's investments also attracted an additional $454.5 million in outside capital into its portfolio companies. This fiscal year generated $38.2 million in cash proceeds through company exits, which includes acquisitions and IPOs.

During the past two fiscal years, CI officially launched two new funds, the $100 million ClimateTech Fund and the $50 million Future Fund, both of which are actively deploying dollars into early-stage companies. In addition to these new funds, CI launched the Innovation Lab to match and fund pilots between state agency partners and CI's scalable portfolio companies, expediting the pilot-to-procurement process for innovative technologies.

Our culture is vibrant, diverse, collaborative and inclusive. We embrace perspective and have mission alignment on our impact to Connecticut's innovation ecosystem. We host or participate in over 20 ecosystem events per year, and our headquarters at The District in New Haven is a catalyst for partnership and an innovation ecosystem community hub.

CI Future Fund

Only 8% of venture capital funded startup founders are women. Only 1% of venture capital funded startup founders are Black. 0.4% of venture capital funded startup founders are Latinx.

The Future Fund supports early-stage companies in various industries with diverse ideas and people. Through its $50 million fund, CI will select companies for investments of $250,000 to $1 million each. The fund is industry agnostic, but diversity at the board and executive level is crucial.

We believe the best founders have an authentic connection to the problem they are solving and a deep understanding of the community they are building for, so they are poised to win right from the start.

Venture Team Internship

An internship with CI is an exciting opportunity to gain valuable venture capital experience in a small team, innovative work environment. You will work collaboratively on lead generation activities tied to new investment opportunities, due diligence activities on companies considered for investment by CI, and portfolio management activities for current investments. There might be opportunities to participate in continuous improvement projects and programs tied to a more scalable and sophisticated venture team infrastructure that supports venture team activities.


We are seeking MBA students with a strong interest in the intersection between venture capital and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Preference will be given to candidates demonstrating curriculum, research and/or practical experience in DEI initiatives and enrolled in a Connecticut College or University or a resident of Connecticut. Responsibilities may include:

  • Data collection and analysis of portfolio activity
  • Cash flow modeling for individual projects, programs, or investments
  • Research and document preparation for external and internal stakeholder meetings
  • Sourcing potential investments though online research and in person visits
  • Assistance with initial assessments of applicant's business plans in relation to CI investment criteria
  • Assistance with regard to "due diligence" activities to obtain and analyze pertinent information relative to the applicant's management, market, technology, products, competitors, financial history and projections, and business strategy and plan
  • Assistance in preparing analyses and presentations to the CI Investment Committee
  • Assistance with investment monitoring activities such as financial analysis, market research, etc.
  • Participation in lead generation, business development activities

Skills & Competencies

  • High personal passion for a fast-developing innovation ecosystem
  • Detailed, action-oriented person who takes initiative to follow-up on items
  • Project management and organization skills to solicit and follow up on meetings
  • Communicate comfortably with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Ability to synthesize data into a compelling story
  • A seeker and learner mentality and someone that likes to laugh

Connecticut Innovations is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We welcome all candidates to apply regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.

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