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Josh Kopelman

Managing Director of First Round Capital.

espite being coastally challenged (currently living in Philadelphia), Josh has been an active entrepreneur and investor in the Internet industry since its commercialization. In 1992, while he was a student at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Josh co-founded Infonautics Corporation – an Internet information company. In 1996, Infonautics went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange.

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Student Engineers: Apply to work at 170+ startups with one Common Application

CaptureWe'vtalked a lot recently about the amazing amount of talent that exists in universities across the country – and one of the main reasons we launched the Dorm Room Fund was to create a new and more efficient way for capital to flow onto campuses and into the best and brightest entrepreneurs.  But we realize that not everyone wants to start a company; many students, instead,  would love to join one.   But it’s often really hard for students to find the perfect startup jobs.  Startups typically don’t recruit/interview on college campuses.  And they rarely post job openings for internships.  Too often, it is often based on who you know.  So a lot of top university talent simply end up taking an internship or full-time job at Google or Microsoft.   We don't think this makes sense.

Last year, we quietly launched an experiment called the First Round Capital Common Application.  It was a simple idea: allow engineering students to fill out one application and get matched with the perfect startup from across our 170 companies.  That tiny experiment lead to some incredible matches.  Will Drevo, undergraduate CS student (and winner of the Autonomous Robotics Competition) at MIT said, "Applying for an internship through First Round Capital unexpectedly landed me a dream internship at a cutting-edge stealth startup of 12 employees - ToyTalk, Inc. It was honestly the best work experience I've had to date and I worked with a truly amazing and fun-loving team. I got to walk into work every day and talk with the CEO and CTO - I really felt like part of the team. But I never would have heard about ToyTalk unless I applied through First Round Capital."

So we’re super excited to launch this year's Common Application for university students.   With this one application, engineering students can apply for summer internships or full-time jobs at over 170 amazing startup companies.  Maybe you're an algorithms and data junkie looking to work on insanely tough problems with a small team in SF, or perhaps you're more interested in doing iOS development for an eCommerce company in NYC  – just tell us about yourself, your interests and desired location and we'll take care of the rest.   If you're a student, you can apply here now.

Once you complete your application, our Talent Team will review your submission and if you're a fit, we'll follow up directly and connect you with relevant companies.  You'll receive a number of introductions so you can choose the opportunity and company you are most excited about.

We hope our Common Application continues to make it easier for the most talented students to have the opportunity to work at small startups with big ambitions.  The only way to learn how to build great companies is to be a part of them - and we hope more students have that opportunity in 2013.