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igniteXL Ventures AI-Powered VC Deal Sourcing Remote Externship

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Finance & VC
Master the dynamics of deal sourcing while building cutting-edge generative AI skills


In this externship program, students will learn strategic consulting skills to analyze and evaluate challenges from non-profit organizations using consulting frameworks, in an overall effort to help them solve their important problems. Selected individuals will be paired with a specific non-profit organization and dive into their strategic problems, such as development, impact assessment, process improvements, talent engagement, communication, and strategic positioning. Throughout this externship program, professionals from PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) will provide mentorship and coaching.

The Experience

  • Learn about the strategy consulting process and how to help create value for a non-profit client based on their vision and mission
  • Research and develop an understanding of a given field
  • Analyze complex problems ranging from fundraising and development, stakeholder management, impact measurement, as well as use consulting frameworks to help identify problem areas and propose solutions
  • Learn to gather, analyze, and visualize data to inform problem areas and possible solutions
  • Create and deliver a compelling presentation to a non-profit client that incorporates valuable insights, trends, and recommendations


  • Ambitious undergraduate students with an interest in consulting, strategy, and non-profits. This program is for students who would like to understand the consulting profession while generating ideas to help impact non-profit organizations.

Program Overview 

Leverage best-in-class generative AI tools to explore the dynamic world of Venture Capital in this 3-week program offered by Paragon One and igniteXL Ventures.

Picture yourself using AI to identify market trends, uncover new investment opportunities, and understand customer needs. The adventure doesn't stop with learning, as you'll also get a real taste of the rapid pace of the Venture Capital industry. You'll experience the thrill of uncovering a potential golden opportunity, evaluating it, and putting it all together in a one-page investment memo – a critical skill that sets apart leaders in the field.

You'll leave this experience equipped with a unique blend of skills in Venture Capital and Generative AI applications, adept at using advanced AI tools like ChatGPT and Bard for research purposes and prompt engineering. Your interaction with AI will redefine your perspective on research and strategy in the finance and investment sectors and beyond.

During this externship, you'll cultivate a diverse skill set, including:
  • Market Research: Conduct in-depth research using platforms like Crunchbase and the internet to gather data and insights.
  • Brand Positioning: Practice variable estimation techniques such as market sizing and revenue projection.
  • Deal Sourcing: Gain a comprehensive understanding of VC deal sourcing fundamentals and investment thesis development
  • Artificial Intelligence: Utilize AI tools like ChatGPT and Bard for research purposes and prompt engineering
  • Presentation & Public Speaking: Create a concise and impactful investment summary incorporating research insights and recommendations.

What You Will Gain
  • Hands-On Experience and a Comprehensive Skill Set: From estimating revenue projection to deal sourcing, you'll acquire a skill set that is highly valued across various industries.
  • A Competitive Edge: The insights and experiences you gain from this externship will provide you with a competitive edge in your job search, helping you stand out to recruiters in finance, investment analysis, entrepreneurship, and start-ups.
  • Professional Network: You will connect with industry experts and peers to broaden your professional circle. 

Why This Is Perfect for You
  • Ideal for those passionate about finance, investment analysis, entrepreneurship, and start-ups.
  • No specific background required—bring your critical thinking, strategic analysis skills, and eagerness to learn.

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Externship Currently Closed
New applications are not currently being accepted.

Rolling start dates: New cohort start dates available monthly

The start date for this Externship is rolling and students will be evaluated on a first come first serve basis. Applications will close when the Externship is full.

Part-time and fully remote

This Externship is a 10-hour-per-week fully remote experience where all meetings and events are recorded.

Receive your start date with your acceptance letter

This remote Externship will last 3 weeks.

Geographical Eligibility

This Externship is open to applicants all around the world.

Externship Currently Closed
New applications are not currently being accepted.

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igniteXL Ventures

igniteXL Ventures is a global seed fund investing in game-changing founders at the intersection of technology, beauty, and wellness. Their vision focuses on building a better future. igniteXL Ventures backs diverse founders developing products and services that empower consumers to make better, more conscious choices that improve their quality of life. Technology has always been at the forefront of significant industry change, and igniteXL Ventures believes it’s high time it revolutionized the five trillion dollar Beauty and Wellness space. Their entrepreneurs use technology to analyze, understand, monitor, and customize a variety of needs, products, and services that ultimately improve the lives of global consumers.

igniteXL is not accepting or considering any applications for this Externship through other channels. Any effort to apply or reach out to igniteXL separately will adversely affect a student’s application.