Jobs & Internships

Silicon Valley Internship @ Open Austria – San Francisco in Spring 2020

We are currently looking to fill 2 internship vacancies for the months of January-March and April-June 2020 at our San Francisco office to support our activities in the Bay Area. We seek candidates with a passion for innovation, technology, and startups who have proven skills in research, event organisation and presentational communication. Full fluency in German and English is essential.

You have an outgoing personality, are passionate about innovation with a “roll up your sleeves and get things done” attitude and are eager to inhale the innovative Silicon Valley air. You will work closely with entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, as well as official institutions and organizations in Austria and the US. Your duties include research, drafting papers and reports, preparing and organizing events, attending relevant meetings at think tanks, government agencies etc., as well as assistance with the everyday tasks.

We Offer:

  • 3-month (40 hours/week) paid internship in Silicon Valley – Office in downtown San Francisco
  • intercultural, creative, fast-paced, interdisciplinary, and team-oriented working culture
  • platform to grow your skills, professional experience, and network
  • vibrant co-working space in the heart of downtown San Francisco, the dynamic South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood
  • a monthly stipend of € 1.010,65,- or € 1.359,45,- (brutto), commensurate with degree of education

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct industry, market and scientific research and assist in Open Austria’s business development efforts/strategy
  • Assist with the preparation of high-level delegations from Austria
  • Assist during special events and meetings
  • Prepare reports on international innovation ecosystems
  • Prepare marketing documents
  • Support client meetings
  • Administrative duties, such as handling reservations or administrating contacts etc.

Your Profile:

  • Holder of the Austrian citizenship
  • An active enrollment at an accredited university (at least three semesters of academic studies) pursuing a Bachelor-, Master- Degree or a Magister Degree Program or recent completion of studies
  • Excellent written and spoken command of English and German
  • A strong interest in topics including entrepreneurship and startup culture
  • Some prior relevant professional experience (internship, volunteer, work, etc.), preferentially at a startup
  • Experiences with technology and loves to learn
  • Strong organizational skills in a deadline-oriented environment, while keeping attention to detail
  • Proven ability to conduct research and reportings as well as presentational communication skills
  • Passion for Open Austria’s mission to connect Austrian and Silicon Valley in business, science, technology and the arts

How to Apply:

● Please send your CV and cover letter (outlining why you are interested in an internship with Open Austrian and previous experience relevant to the role) in English language to
Application deadline for 1st batch (January – March): November 22nd, 2019
Interviews will be held in the week of November 25th-29th, 2019
Final selection and appointment of candiate by December 1st, 2019
● Application deadline for 2nd batch: January 15th, 2020
Interviews will be held from January 20th-30th
Final selection to be made within first week of February 2020

Interns are respsonible for covering costs of accommodation, travel expenses, travel insurance, US visa, and living expenses.