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Join our team

We're accepting applications for two different roles.

| Investment Partner

Almost too curious, startup obsessed, and a founder's first text. Sound like you? Apply to discover and back the best student founders as a member of the investment team!

Applications close 09/29 for Philly, NY, and Boston, and 10/01 for SF

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| Head of Engineering

Always building, prolifically creative, and a maniacal problem solver with a sense of humor. Have we got your number? Apply to join our remote HQ team as an engineer!

Open for one individual (fully-remote). Applications close 10/01.

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Dorm Room Fund retreat in early 2020 (pre-COVID).

#DRFforLife

Join us.

Joining the DRF family leads to a world of opportunities.

Real responsibilities, real decisions

Student founders are building the future, and we're looking for curious, confident, and driven students to join our team to find and back them. Your average scout program this is not: at DRF, we make the investment decisions.

Meet world-class peers.

You learn the most from the people around you. At DRF, you are surrounded by brilliant, diverse peers ready to learn from you and share their own interests, ideas, and expertise.

Our network becomes yours.

Our ever-growing community of alumni, founders, and investors is made up of some of the best in the world. As an investment partner, you'll work with leading experts in fields to to inform your investment decisions, and enhance your perspectives on markets, products, and emerging technologies.

Work on a startup.

We run Dorm Room Fund as our own startup. Together, we treat DRF like a lab to experiment in new ways to grow, support, and enhance our community, our companies, our investing, and our operations.

Be with the best

We turn exceptional students into industry leaders.

Look anywhere and you'll find DRF alums making their mark on the world. Our best-in-class education, network, and community come together to accelerate exceptional students towards careers in startups and venture capital.

| 100+

DRF Forbes 30 under 30
honorees since 2016

| 49%

of our partners are women
(vs. 7% industry average)

| 76%

of DRF alumni go on to
become founders or VCs

Our forever family

Hear From Our Alumni

Shawn Xu

SHAWN XU

Floodgate, Forbes 30 Under 30, 2017-19 SF and Philly Team, Investment Partner


“Looking back after finishing grad school, I can definitively say, Dorm Room Fund is transformational. Where else can you get mentored by venture legends like Josh Kopelman, who arguably helped invent seed investing? Where else can you build an investing track record as a student, where you can write real checks into real companies founded by your peers? This is the absolute best network of young people interested in startups, entrepreneurship, and venture capital you'll find anywhere in the world.”

Shohini Gupta

SHOHINI GUPTA

Build Associate at 8VC and former SF Dorm Room Fund managing partner, 2017-19


“DRF was where I discovered what students were actually capable of in a world that tells you value only comes from prestigious labels. As someone who learns by observing, it was the most incredible way to see past the mythical aspects of building a company and realize my own potential. I have met the most genuine people at DRF – and knowing these insanely talented people I'm lucky enough to call friends will be the next wave of tech leaders make me really hopeful.”

Udit Jain

UDIT JAIN

Investor, Pear VC, Graduate Fund 2019-2021, Investment Partner 2017-2019


“DRF was the single best thing I did at Yale. Through DRF, I invested $200k in capital, made over 15 incredible friends, and still benefit from the warm & ambitious community. I'm eager to continue helping DRF grow to welcome even more people!”

Lindsay Ullman

LINDSAY ULLMAN

CEO & Co-founder of Umbrella (Acquired by IAC/Angi)


“Being part of Dorm Room Fund connected me to a big, amazing network of entrepreneurs. Post-DRF, I started a company and began angel investing, and have counted on the DRF network for everything from hiring to opportunities to co-invest.”

Events

Meet us virtually

Still have burning questions? Want to meet the DRF family? Stay up to date with events with The Syllabus Newsletter! or sign up for any of events below or using this link.

| Career Insights with DRF Alums in VC

September 17th from 7:30-8:30pm ET

Join 3 superstar Dorm Room Fund alumni for a discussion about breaking into VC from a Tech, Retail & Business Strategy background. We'll be chatting about career insights, the future of innovation, and reflections on the university startup ecosystem. Come meet Isabelle Phelps (Lerer Hippeau), Shawn Xu (Floodgate) and Rima Reddy (Commerce Ventures)!

Register here!

| Boston Recruitment Office Hours

Sunday Sep 12, 8-8:45pm ET

If your school is in: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Texas

Register here!

| Philly Recruitment Office Hours

Tuesday Sep 14, 8-8:45pm ET

If your school is in: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Missouri, Kentucky, Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, North & South Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee, Arkansas, Delaware

Register here!

| Hayley Barna AMA

Thursday Sep 24, 8-8:45pm ET

Hayley Barna - founder & co-CEO of Birchbox and Partner at First Round Capital! Join us as we chat about Hayley’s journey of launching and scaling subscription box giant Birchbox globally, and her work now as a leading investor in consumer businesses.

Register here!

| Midwest + NY Recruitment Office Hours

Thursday Sept 23, 7:30-8:15pm CT

If your school is in: the Midwest (Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois)

Register here!

| SF Recruitment Office Hours

Thursday Sep 23, 7:30-8:15pm PT

If your school is in: Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii

Register here!

Application Timeline

What to expect?

We are excited to announce a brand new deadline of 11:59PM on 9/29 for applicants to NY, Philly, and Boston teams.


Please look at the detailed timeline below to see what to expect throughout the process. Each team (Philly, Boston, NY, SF, and HQ) have their own set dates which will be published and sent to applicants as the interview process progresses. Please reach out to [email protected] for any questions.

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FAQs

Should I apply if my school has a few or no Dorm Room Fund partners?

Yes! We're always looking to expand into new schools and highly encourage that you bring your expertise and school spirit to our team.

What do investment partners do?

You meet and find great founders, evaluate companies, work with regional investment partners through weekly meetings, invest capital in founders, and build the Dorm Room Fund community. We expect partners to commit 10-15 hours per week.

What do we look for in investment partners?

Ideal candidates show strong enthusiasm for startups and venture capital. We don't require an internship in either field, but we'd love to see examples of a strong network at your school — be sure to tell us your connections to entrepreneurs on campus and how you can bring companies into the Dorm Room Fund family. While we don't require a technical background, we love evidence that you can get things done, efficiently and proactively, and can critically make decisions to give advice to founders. Keep in mind that Dorm Room Fund is also our own startup. We love people who can make the community stronger, more inclusive, and representative across the country.

How do I best prepare for the application and interview?

In your application, please take the time to provide responses that tell your story. We value thoughtful responses that show you've put time into our application. If you receive an interview offer, be prompt to your interview and ensure you're in a well-lit, noiseless area. We don't expect a full tux and gown, but double check that your unmade bed isn't distracting the interviewer, and triple check your computer's audio beforehand.

How do I know what regional team I should apply to?

Regional Teams are based on the location of your school!

  • New York Team: New York, Montana, North & South Dakota, Nebraska, Connecticut, and the Midwest (Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois)
  • San Francisco Team: Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii
  • Boston Team: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Texas
  • Philadelphia: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Missouri, Kentucky, Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, North & South Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee, Arkansas, Delaware
  • HQ Team (Head of Engineering): Anywhere!

If I applied to Dorm Room Fund before, can I apply again?

Yes! We value grit. Many of our current investment partners applied and entered the team on their second or third tries. You can also apply for an HQ role in the spring if an investment partner spot isn't right for you.

Do I need a referral?

The short answer is no. While we allow people to put referrals as an option, we don't require, nor do we expect investment partners to obtain one. We value people from all walks of life, regardless if they know anyone in the DRF community.

Should I apply if I'm a freshman?

We encourage students of all grades to apply but expect that they have shown interest in venture capital or startups. As new students entering college, freshmen may have less experience. That said, we've accepted freshmen before, and our current head of community, Melissa Li, applied as a freshman. It never hurts to try!

Can I apply if I am a recent graduate?

No, investment partners must be current students.

Can I apply as a gap year student?

Yes, but you must plan to return to college (not drop out).

Can I apply as an international student?

For HQ roles, we accept international students from any place, living in any country. For investment partners, we require that international students attend a U.S. college so they can play active roles in the startup communities on US-based campuses.

Do I need to have a technical background?

No, the majors and programs of our investment partners run the gamut, and we value diversity of thought brought to the discussion table.

How long does an investment partner or HQ position last?

Until you graduate from your university institution. That means freshmen have up to four years with us, first-year MBAs have two years, seniors can finish their final year, PhDs are with us practically forever 😉.

Is this year's program virtual or in person?

For HQ, Dorm Room Fund runs meetings virtually. You can expect in-person components, COVID-19 permitting, a couple times per year. For investing teams, we ask that (COVID-19 permitting) folks who are based in the SF, NYC, Philly, and Boston metro areas plan to attend weekly meetings in person; partners at schools not within reasonable commuting distance will serve as fully-remote partners. Throughout the year, regional teams also host in-person social events open to the Dorm Room Fund alum and current community.

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