- Search the internship database at your school's career center. Print the information for all internships at venture capital firms including the internship description, preferred qualifications and relevant contact information.
- Compile a venture capital companies list through your own research of internship websites like Simply Hired, Monster Intern or Wall Street Oasis. Record the same relevant information for each company. Expanding your search beyond the opportunities mentioned at the career center improves your chances of landing an internship at a venture capital company.
- Write a resume detailing your experience in the sector financed by the venture capital companies. For example, if applying to a venture capital company that finances media start-ups, describe your experience and skill level working with different types of media. Be honest but creative in how you highlight your expertise. Include relevant coursework such as any classes you took in entrepreneurship or financial modeling.
- Read through the internship descriptions and apply to ones that match your availability and qualifications. Some smaller companies offer only part-time, unpaid internships during the school year, while others have full-time positions available during the summer. Being flexible improves your chances of securing a position.
- Follow up with the company's contact person by email or phone one week after emailing your application. Explain that you are very interested in the position and wanted to confirm that they received your application.
- Make any contact you have with the company extremely professional, including using formal salutations and titles. Change your email to something professionally appropriate, if you haven't already done so. Any combination of your first and last name is acceptable. Never use exclamation points or emoticons.
- Don't be discouraged by rejection. Continue submitting applications and resumes until you secure a position.
- Be flexible with your preferences. Don't discount the internship in San Francisco just because all your friends are interning in New York City. Also, be open to working at firms that finance start-ups outside your first-choice ar
- ea of interest.