Silicon Valley Internship @ Open Austria – San Francisco, Fall 2018


Open Austria is a joint initiative by the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs and the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. Our mission is to connect Austrian entrepreneurs, startups, scientists, and creative minds to the Valley and provide those who are already here with a home base.

We are currently looking for at an intern for the this fall at our San Francisco office to support our activities in the Bay Area. We seek candidates with a passion for innovation, technology, startups and the arts who have proven skills in research, event organisation and presentational communication. 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 organising events, attending relevant meetings at think tanks, government agencies etc., as well as assistance with the everyday tasks.

We Offer

  • 2-month (40 hours/week) paid internship in Silicon Valley
  • 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 neighbourhood South of Market (SoMa)
  • Creative, international, and inspiring work environment with unlimited coffee (or tea)

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

  • Austrian citizenship
  • A valid health insurance (accident insurance will be concluded by the employer) that will cover medical expenses in the US (Auslandskrankenversicherung)
  • 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
  • Good 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 in English language to Susanne Knoll,