Open Invitation to the Costanoa Access Fellowship 2020

Michelle McHargue
Jan 7 · 2 min read
From L to R: John, Mark, Earl, Greg, Casey, Alline (2019 Fellow), Divya (2019 Fellow)

Four years in and going strong, our team is now accepting applications from grad students for this summer’s Access Fellowship.

The program arises from our strong belief that venture capital needs to be a far more diverse industry if it is going to succeed. Today, more and more companies are no longer setting their sights on local markets, and they require a diverse and inclusive vision in order to connect with customers across the board. For example, we invested in Aquabyte, a company based in Silicon Valley, that launched for general availability in Norway first, plans to launch in Scotland and Chile next, and may never have a United States-based customer. That requires new thinking, new ideas, and new faces around the table.

Venture capital is a notoriously difficult industry to access and, as a boutique firm, we think we are uniquely positioned to introduce people to the industry. Over the years, we’ve welcomed people from many walks of life, including our two terrific fellows from last year, Alline Kabbatende and Divya Raghavan and our 2017 and 2018 fellows, Lindsey Wilcox, Javaughn Lawrence, and Sophie Lalonde.

We also believe that an internship is only valuable if it provides the full range of experience a person needs to succeed in venture so while at Costanoa, our fellows work side-by-side with our investment partners as full members of the team. They gain real-world experience doing the things we do every day.

Interested candidates are encouraged to fill out this simple form. Once we receive your information, we will email you the full application. The two-month fellowship will take place between June and August at Costanoa Ventures in Palo Alto and San Francisco. Because we focus on companies that change the way the world does business, this is targeted towards graduate students with a couple of years of business experience.

The application deadline is Friday, February 21. We will reach out to next round candidates by February 28 for interviews. No resumes will be accepted. Questions? Email

Good luck, and we hope to welcome you to our team!

It is the policy of Costanoa Ventures to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Costanoa welcomes different perspectives and a range of experiences that employees bring, including those based upon nationality, gender, culture, educational and professional backgrounds, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability age differences, job classification and religion. All employees are valued regardless of status and everyone is assured the right of equitable, fair and respectful treatment.

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Helping our founders build great companies through exceptional talent. Operating Partner @costanoavc, wifey, mom, and mini zoo wrangler to my furry family.

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