Application Tips

Learn more about what we look for and how to put your best foot forward. Still have questions about the application?

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If you're thinking of applying for VFA, you should do it. It's freaking amazing. It's not always going to be easy, but I can guarantee you it will be life changing.

– Sean Wen ‘14, Co-founder of Pinch

Put your best foot forward

We want you to succeed—the only limit to the number of Fellows we plan to accept is the number of qualified applicants we find. As you apply, keep what we’re looking for in mind: the ability to contribute at a startup, your character, and your alignment with our mission.

Be honest about your strengths and weaknesses. And don’t forget to tell us what you’ve built! Whether it’s a company (even one that didn’t succeed), a community initiative, an on-campus organization, or an online community, we want to hear about it.

Before you hit submit

Do your homework before you apply

We’re interested in people who really want to join VFA—and it’s harder to believe in someone’s sincerity when they don’t quite understand how VFA works. If you have questions, reach out to us!

How will you move our mission forward?

We know that you could apply to other startup jobs, and plenty of other ways to make a positive impact on the world. What was it about our mission that drove you to apply?

Sometimes the little things count

It can be hard to take an application seriously when it’s riddled with typos. Draft your answers in another window. Have a friend read them over. Pay attention to spell check. It’s a small step that makes a huge difference.

We want to hear from you - seriously.

We want to give you every possible chance to succeed—if you have questions about VFA or any part of the application, feel free to get in touch!

Contact our Talent Team

Do your research

Do your homework before you apply

We’re interested in people who really want to join VFA—and it’s harder to believe in someone’s sincerity when they don’t quite understand how VFA works. If you have questions, reach out to us!

Keep our mission in mind

How will you move our mission forward?

We know that you could apply to other startup jobs, and plenty of other ways to make a positive impact on the world. What was it about our mission that drove you to apply?

Proofread—then proofread again

Sometimes the little things count

It can be hard to take an application seriously when it’s riddled with typos. Draft your answers in another window. Have a friend read them over. Pay attention to spell check. It’s a small step that makes a huge difference.

If you have questions, ask!

We want to hear from you - seriously.

We want to give you every possible chance to succeed—if you have questions about VFA or any part of the application, feel free to get in touch!

Contact our Talent Team

It takes a special individual and a unique breed to take this path. It's going to be more challenging than any traditional path, but if you value that and genuinely want something more, it's the right thing to do.

– Max Haskin '15

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