Hire a Fellow

We’re on the hunt for promising companies with great leaders and teams who will give our Fellows the experience of a lifetime.

Strong startups depend on great talent. Build your team with VFA Fellows.

Venture For America recruits top recent college grads, puts them through rigorous training and connects them with opportunities at startups in the cities where we work. Our Fellows are excited to learn how to build lasting businesses, join young companies with strong cultures, and grow alongside your team. Whether you’re looking for a high potential product manager, a natural salesperson, or the Chief of Staff of your dreams, our team will work with you to find a great fit.

We’ve partnered with more than 450 companies that span industries, product types and customer segments to source the best startup opportunities for our Fellows. We look for Company Partners with strong leadership, a positive and inclusive culture, and dynamic roles with a clear trajectory for growth. As such, we also ask that our Company Partners review our Anti-Discrimination Policy.

How It Works

Step 1

Meet VFA and join Match

Step 2

Interview Fellows

Step 3

Make offers

Step 4

Fellows start work after Training Camp

What to Expect

  • How You’ll Hire
    How You’ll Hire

    VFA Match & Job Fairs

    Using our private online job search portal, you’ll be able to reach out directly to Fellows who might be the right fit for your company. They’ll also be able to reach out to you and pitch you on their skills. We encourage everyone to meet in person, so we also host regional job fairs where you’ll have the chance to speed interview multiple Fellows in one day.

    Once you’ve found the right person, you’ll hire a Fellow as a full-time salaried employee of your company, just like your other employees, and they’ll start work in August after Training Camp.

  • What You’ll Pay Your Fellow
    What You’ll Pay Your Fellow

    Salary & Benefits

    We require our Company Partners to pay Fellows competitively for the role. The salary you offer should be in line with the market rate for both the role and the city where you operate.

    In addition to salary, we do also require that Fellows be offered full benefits, in line with other full-time employees. Offering equity is not required but is encouraged.

  • What You’ll Pay VFA
    What You’ll Pay VFA

    Placement Fee

    In exchange for the effort we invest upfront in recruiting, selecting, coaching and training our Fellows, we require a placement fee starting at $5,000 per Fellow hired. This helps offset the $30,000 it costs us per Fellow to run our program.

  • How You’ll Work With Your Fellow
    How You’ll Work With Your Fellow

    Coaching & Development

    Our program works because we believe in the apprenticeship model, where our Fellows can learn and grow in their roles. We expect our Company Partners to invest time and effort in Fellows’ professional development by providing mentorship, feedback and regular performance reviews.

VFA Match & Job Fairs

Using our private online job search portal, you’ll be able to reach out directly to Fellows who might be the right fit for your company. They’ll also be able to reach out to you and pitch you on their skills. We encourage everyone to meet in person, so we also host regional job fairs where you’ll have the chance to speed interview multiple Fellows in one day.

Once you’ve found the right person, you’ll hire a Fellow as a full-time salaried employee of your company, just like your other employees, and they’ll start work in August after Training Camp.

Salary & Benefits

We require our Company Partners to pay Fellows competitively for the role. The salary you offer should be in line with the market rate for both the role and the city where you operate.

In addition to salary, we do also require that Fellows be offered full benefits, in line with other full-time employees. Offering equity is not required but is encouraged.

Placement Fee

In exchange for the effort we invest upfront in recruiting, selecting, coaching and training our Fellows, we require a placement fee starting at $5,000 per Fellow hired. This helps offset the $30,000 it costs us per Fellow to run our program.

Coaching & Development

Our program works because we believe in the apprenticeship model, where our Fellows can learn and grow in their roles. We expect our Company Partners to invest time and effort in Fellows’ professional development by providing mentorship, feedback and regular performance reviews.

Match

Match is our one-stop job portal for highly-vetted Fellows. Whether you’re looking for your next dynamo graphic designer, customer service wiz or future chief operating officer, Match will help you get there.

Our Fellows are ready to take the next step in their careers and this is your chance to connect with them. Here, you’ll find five helpful and necessary steps for trusted Company Partners.

Sign the VFA Hiring Agreement

Your profile and job description(s) will not be visible to Fellows until we have received your company’s hiring agreement. Email your Community Director or companies@ventureforamerica.org to receive your hiring agreement. You will also need to read over our Anti-Discrimination Policy ahead of signing the hiring letter.
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Log on to Match

If you’ve forgotten your password, you’ll see a button on the sign in page to reset it. If you experience troubling resetting your password, please reach out to your Community Director.
Log On
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Get Organized

Review or create your company profile on the Match portal. You can also learn more about the process and get answers to frequently asked questions.
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Populate

Add job opportunities to your profile. Navigate to the “Job Opportunity” tab to add your role(s).
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Get ready to Match

Match opened on April 19th and companies can add their profiles and opportunities today.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Do Fellows work for Venture For America?
No. Fellows are full-time, salaried, at-will employees of their companies. Venture For America provides the training, coaching, and support they need to be successful at their jobs but they are not our employees.
What kinds of roles are Fellows typically hired for?
Most Fellows fill roles on the business side – from sales and marketing to finance and operations depending on their experience and skill set. Historically, about 15% of each class will occupy or grow into technical roles. Often they join in hybrid roles and their responsibilities shift over time depending on the needs of the company or interests of the Fellow. Above all else, Fellows are looking for exposure to leadership, a great manager, and room to learn and grow within the company.
How do I know Fellows are top-notch?
We’ve developed a process that selects for individuals with an exceptional track record of “adaptive excellence,” high integrity, resilience, and potential to significantly contribute to a startup. We have historically accepted between 10%-18% of applicants. Candidates submit a written application and conduct a Skype interview before being invited to Selection Day. This final round is an eight-hour long group and individual interview where we test for critical thinking skills, social and emotional intelligence, leadership potential, and business acumen. We also survey company partners throughout the two years to track performance—to date, 86% of our Fellows are rated in the top 1% or 10% of all entry-level employees.
Should I attend a job fair?
With over 300+ companies hiring, it’s more important than ever to meet Fellows in person and differentiate yourselves. Above all else, our Fellows are looking for the right culture fit – Job Fairs are the most effective way to convey the personality of your organization and find the right fit for your team. Stay tuned for info on our 2021 job fairs!
What if I need someone before August?
Some of our Fellows do transition mid-fellowship, thus we may have alums or current Fellows seeking re-placement. Feel free to let us know if you have current openings by sending us a note at companies@ventureforamerica.org or to your contact on our team. We will then share your post on our internal VFA job board.

Company Partner Resource Library

In an effort to enhance a community of practice among our Company Partners, we are offering a resource library of templates, samples, and suggestions to facilitate the implementation of more inclusive and bottom-line focused policies, procedures, and practices.

If you have a resource you would like to share with other VFA Company Partners, please complete this submission form so that we can add the resource to the list.

Please read the terms and conditions below carefully before accessing and/or using the resource library. If you do not understand and agree to all of the terms and conditions contained below, do not use the resource library or information contained therein in any manner. VFA reserves the right to change the terms, conditions and notices under which access to the resource library is offered.

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Terms & Conditions
The information and materials included in the resource library are for informational purposes only. The contents of the resource library have been compiled solely for informational purposes based upon information generally available to the public from sources believed to be reliable. VFA has not independently verified the information and materials included in the resource library, and does not guarantee its usefulness, quality, suitability, accuracy, completeness, timeliness or availability. Your use of the materials and information included in the resource library is at your sole risk, and you assume all risks concerning the suitability and accuracy of the materials and information. The content is provided on an “as is” basis and VFA is under no obligation to make improvements to or correct any error or omissions in any of the information or materials in the resource library. Information and materials provided in the resource library are subject to change without notice, and VFA is under no obligation (express or implied) to update any or all of the information and materials. The information provided in the resource library may not provide a complete picture of a company’s relevant policies, procedures or practices. VFA does not make recommendations about whether specific policies, procedures or practices are suitable for Company Partners based on their particular needs or situation. Each company should consult with its own legal advisers about what policies, procedures and practices are appropriate in light of its particular needs or situation, including its industry, principal place of business and/or applicable state and federal laws. Neither VFA, nor other companies that share resources in this library, are providing legal or other professional advice. VFA does not make any representations regarding the advisability of implementing any of the policies, procedures or practices included in the resource library. VFA makes no express or implied warranties, and expressly disclaims all warranties, of merchantability, satisfactory quality or fitness for a particular purpose or use with respect to any information and materials included in the resource library. Without limiting any of the foregoing and to the full extent permitted by law, VFA shall not have any liability for any direct, indirect, punitive, special, incidental, consequential or exemplary damages (including, without limitation, loss of business, revenue, profits, goodwill, use, or other economic advantage) arising out of or in connection with the use by any Company Partner of information or materials included in the resource library, even if VFA has previously been advised of, or reasonably could have foreseen, the possibility of such damages, however they arise. Applicable law may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability or incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to one or more Company Partners. VFA does not employ VFA Fellows and your use of the resource library does not constitute a co-employment relationship of VFA Fellows between VFA and Company Partners. VFA is not liable for any harm caused by the transmission, through accessing the information or materials in the resource library, of a computer virus or other computer code or programming device that might be used to access, delete, damage, disable, disrupt or otherwise impede in any manner, the operation of the resource library or of any user’s software, hardware, data or property. The use of the resource library is at your own risk.