Schmidt Futures is a philanthropic initiative, founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt, that seeks to improve societal outcomes through the thoughtful development of emerging science and technologies that can benefit humanity.
As a venture facility for public benefit, we invest risk capital in the most promising ideas and most exceptional people across disciplines.
The Graduate Intern will work directly with other members of the Schmidt Futures team to perform research and analysis relevant to:
- Development of new programs or individual gifts, grants, or investments
- Monitoring and evaluation of existing programs and individual gifts, grants, or investments either underway or completed
- Development of Schmidt Futures’ planning efforts for strategy, budget, organizational design, and talent management.
Program and Gift/Grant/Investment Development
- Conduct research and analysis designed to outline potential opportunities for impact, understand relative effectiveness of alternative models, and quantify likely results of programs overall and/or individual gifts, grants, or investments
- Perform landscape analyses to identify potential opportunities for partnership as well as lessons learned from existing efforts in the field
- Lead knowledge management efforts for research and analysis performed – communicating results to team members and codifying results for future use and/or revision.
Monitoring and Evaluation
- Working closely with others on the team, perform independent research to help verify outcomes of Schmidt Futures’ programs and/or individual gifts, grants, or investments
- Identify opportunities to improve the work based on an understanding of current trends and/or lessons learned from others’ work
- Recommend approaches to make data collection on outcome easier and better so as to facilitate more productive monitoring and evaluation.
Strategic and Operational Planning Support
- Conduct benchmarking and other analyses (either directly or by review of third-party work) to facilitate more effective planning for Schmidt Futures’ strategy, budget, talent management, and organizational development
- Identify important issues to be resolved through organizational planning processes, and propose alternatives based on research of potential scale and scope on criteria to be defined
- Prepare relevant communications for organizational leadership and/or outside partners.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Some of the desired capabilities include:
- Demonstrated research and analytical skills, including quantitative modeling
- Project management skills, including capabilities to drive efforts independently, and ensure effective implementation
- Ability to coordinate efforts across multiple stakeholders
- Demonstrated leadership ability and record of impact in high-intensity, team-based environments
- Exceptional problem-solving skills, for both conceptual and analytical problems
- Values-based, collaborative working style with demonstrated commitment to the highest standards of ethics and confidentiality
- Strong written and verbal communication skills, with reasonable ability to use common software tools for word processing, presentation, and spreadsheets (especially Google Docs and Sheets).
The Intern will:
- Have at least two years of work experience in business, government, philanthropy, or the military
- Have completed at least one year of graduate study
- Be based at the Schmidt Futures offices in New York.
The Intern should expect to commit 10-20 hours per week (exact timing flexible depending on schedule), and will receive compensation.