Spring 2018 Strategy Division Internship

Application Deadline: September 24, 2017


About Valens Global
Valens Global is a private firm that focuses on understanding the challenges posed by violent non-state actors, and fashioning innovative solutions for protecting our clients’ interests. Our head office is located in Washington, D.C. Valens is a young organization—self-consciously a start-up firm—that is not afraid to think differently. We believe that the world’s growing sub-state threats require analysts who are fiercely independent, in command of granular details, rigorous, and innovative. We have repeatedly challenged the field’s conventional wisdom—and have emerged with an exceptionally strong track record as a result.

Valens fosters an intellectually vibrant climate that emphasizes teamwork, empowerment at junior levels, and quality. We are proud of our record of consistently delivering products that represent the organization well and stand the test of time. At Valens, you would be part of a smart, talented, and confident team of people with interesting and diverse backgrounds, experiences, and outlooks. We think Valens is a great place to work, and we believe that you will too.

Valens Global boasts a stable of clients with whom we love to work, and are proud to associate. Our clients include U.S. government agencies, tech firms, oil and gas companies, academic institutions, think tanks, and a host of other entities that need to better understand how violent non-state actors are changing the world, and safeguard their interests, assets, personnel, and values.

About the Strategy Division Internship

Valens Global is seeking full-time interns to spend the spring 2018 semester with our Strategy division. You should be able to commit to working 30-40 hours per week. Interns will receive a monthly stipend of $2,000, prorated if the interns work fewer than 40 hours a week. Work for the internship can be performed in Valens’s D.C. office or else remotely.

Your experience with the Strategy division will expose you to the intricacies of running a company. You will have the opportunity to help shape Valens Global’s business development strategy, engage with clients, work on proposals, conduct market research, and execute on a broad range of operational tasks.

Ideal candidates should be prepared to contribute immediately to the Strategy team, and should even be able to take the lead on a variety of projects should the need arise. The candidate must be detail-oriented, and be comfortable engaging a broad range of stakeholders, including clients, investors, partners, consultants, and other team members. The candidate must be able to work effectively under pressure. The candidate will be expected to stay on top of deadlines, and produce quality work products within tight time constraints. And on top of all that, we want you to be likeable.

Are you up for the challenge? Read on.

Job Requirements:

Candidates should demonstrate strong interest in business development and operations. Applicants would ideally have prior related experience, and have the ability to think creatively about complex problems. Dedication, curiosity, and enthusiasm are valued. Knowledge of federal contracting and national security related topics are a plus.

  • Candidate must possess strong critical thinking and analytic skills.
  • Candidate must be a strong writer.
  • Candidate must be familiar with basic business development principles.
  • Experience with an array of different business development materials, including proposals, one-pagers, slide decks, etc. is strong preferred.
  • Interns should have knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.
  • Must be comfortable reaching out to new individuals, partners, and companies.
  • Must be able to commit to a minimum of 30 hours per week.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.
  • The most relevant graduate programs for this position are MBA programs, but they are by no means the only graduate degrees that are helpful or relevant (nor, for that matter, do we require that you be in a graduate program).
Required Application Materials:
1.  Cover letter
2.  Resume or CV
3.  At least two, and preferably three, references. Note: We are not looking for letters of recommendation, but rather people willing to serve as a reference for your qualifications who would be happy to talk to us about your candidacy.
4.  Writing samples. We would like two writing samples if possible. One should be brief (3 pages or less) and display the applicant’s ability to convey expansive, complicated information concisely and clearly. If possible, the second sample will showcase the applicant’s experience with identifying gaps and applying solutions in a business development capacity. Materials such as those listed above are desired (proposals, one-pagers, marketing material, etc.).
5.  Unofficial transcript copy.

Please send all applications to careers@valensglobal.com

Additional Information:
Candidates selected for additional evaluation will be asked to join us for a phone or in-person interview, and may be asked to perform a test of their research skills prior to being hired. Valens Global LLC is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training and development, promotion, transfer, termination, layoff, compensation benefits, social and recreational programs, and all other conditions and privileges of employment in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.