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Tsai CITY invites students, alumni, staff, faculty, friends, and community members to lend us your ideas, creativity, and enthusiasm to help build a center that inspires all students and builds meaningful opportunities to experiment, learn, and build solutions to real-world problems. Formal opportunities to join our team are listed below.

Staff Roles


Innovation Fellow

The one-year Innovation Fellow will share duties between the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (CITY) and the Schwarzman Center and will develop shared initiatives, programs and research between the two centers. We are looking for an energetic, inspiring, and creative individual to play a central role in advancing innovation and the arts across campus. The Innovation Fellow will also assist Tsai CITY and the Schwarzman Center in building strong ties to the university's work on diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Innovation Fellow will report to the Managing Director of Tsai CITY and to the Deputy Director of Schwarzman Center.

Student Roles


All student roles share a common application. Student roles are paid positions at $14.75/hour; learn more about Yale student employment pay rates herePlease note: Following university guidance on student hiring, we are prioritizing students enrolled in residence and receiving financial aid. Most positions will be remote until further notice.

Accelerator Coordinator

8 hours/week | 2020-2021 academic year

The Coordinator will assist with logistics and facilitation for the Tsai CITY Accelerator and Accelerator Pitch Off. Duties include:

  • Supporting the application process, including: coordinating with reviewers, organizing application files, and consolidating feedback
  • Assisting with the logistical details of accelerator sessions
  • Providing in-session Zoom support
  • Curating weekly cohort announcements
  • Gathering and sharing session materials
  • Tracking attendance and supporting Venture Advisors, as needed

Depending on the Coordinator’s skills, they may also assist with program planning, program documentation as well as creating materials and surveys for programs and workshops, and collaboratively establishing best practices for venture development programs.

Job requirements: Candidates must be excited about innovation and entrepreneurship, and enthusiastic about both program planning and community-building for student entrepreneurs and innovators. Candidates must have skills in project management, communications, and coordination of large groups. Ideal candidates will also have a thriving desire for planning community and student-based programs. Candidates must be available for 8 hours per week and must be able to attend all Accelerator sessions: Every Friday from 10/9/2020 to 11/13/2020 from 10:00am - 12:00pm.

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Venture Project Specialist – Early Application

8 hours/week | fall 2020

In October, Tsai CITY will hire 15 Yale students to support the ventures in the Tsai CITY Fall Accelerator with their most pressing needs. These projects will cover a wide set of industries and require a variety of professional skills. In all cases, they will provide students with the uniquely valuable experience of working with an early stage start-up. This is a fantastic opportunity for students excited about entrepreneurship who want to work for an existing, peer-led venture. Student workers will collaborate closely with the Accelerator teams and check in occasionally with Tsai CITY staff. Specialists will not be hired until early October, once teams have been selected for the Accelerator. The available projects will be posted at that time. Early applicants will have priority access to these opportunities, before they’re shared publicly. In your application, please be explicit about areas of interest and expertise, as well as the specific skills you would bring to an early stage venture.

  • Passionate about entrepreneurship (but not necessarily working on a venture)
  • Self-starter who can stay organized with limited direction
  • Specific requirements will vary based on the projects being offered
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Marketing and Outreach Associate

8 hours/week | 2020-2021 academic year

The Marketing and Outreach Associate will play a key role in helping grow Tsai CITY’s outreach and communications initiatives. Primary responsibilities will include helping manage the marketing pipeline for Tsai CITY programs and resources, with a particular focus on reaching communities across Yale’s diverse campus. The Marketing and Outreach Associate will research key channels (from departmental newsletters and digital campaigns to student clubs and social channels), help strategize and implement active outreach, and work closely with the Tsai CITY team to ensure successful marketing for programs. The Marketing and Outreach Associate will also work with the Communications & Creative Director and other team members to help build out Tsai CITY’s storytelling and communications efforts, with opportunities to propose and take on strategic projects in areas that could include user research, data analytics, creative campaign management, and more.

Job requirements:

  • Interest in marketing, communications, and/or community outreach and engagement
  • Excellent communications skills, organization, and attention to detail
  • Ability to balance multiple projects/deadlines (including quick-turnaround deadlines) and to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Interest in thinking creatively about outreach and marketing

Entrepreneurship Across Yale Editorial Associate

8 hours/week | 2020-2021 academic year

The Entrepreneurship Across Yale Editorial Associate will play a key role in helping grow communications initiatives for Yale’s diverse entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem. Primary responsibilities will include helping manage content for, Startup Yale, and other key channels for cross-campus innovation. The Editorial Associate will help strategize and manage communications projects; work with campus partners to gather new content; maintain websites and other media channels; and pitch and produce original content. The role will offer opportunities to take part in branding projects, to conceptualize creative campaigns, and to work on strategic projects at a key moment of growth for Yale’s innovation ecosystem.

Job requirements:

  • Strong skills in project management
  • Excellent writing and communications skills; experience with editing preferred
  • Ability to balance multiple projects/deadlines (including quick-turnaround deadlines) and to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Interest in thinking creatively about storytelling and communications.

Tsai CITY Engage Student Coordinator

8 hours/week | 2020-2021 academic year

The Tsai CITY Engage Student Coordinator will work closely with the Tsai CITY Managing Director to research and present innovative community-based, economic and community development strategies in mid-sized cities actionable findings for Tsai CITY.

Job responsibilities:

  • Work with the Managing Director to execute Tsai CITY's community engagement strategy
  • Provide weekly updates to Tsai CITY staff
  • Research best practices on economic and community development.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator

8 hours/week | 2020-2021 academic year

The Tsai CITY DEI Student Coordinator will support Tsai CITY staff in developing and codifying anti-racist process and practices within the organization. The coordinator will work with the Tsai CITY DEI Working Group to formalize best practices in the following areas: Representative Leadership, Informed Empathy, and Inclusive Participation.

The ideal candidate is actively engaged in Tsai CITY and various communities across Yale, is detail oriented, can operationalize organizational values, and possesses an entrepreneurial mindset.

Job responsibilities:

  • Biweekly meetings with Tsai CITY Managing Director and Assistant Director of Operations to debrief on previous week’s work and set expectations for the following weeks
  • Operationalize and codify diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racist practices
  • Develop a presentation outlining Tsai CITY’s DEI and anti-racist practices
  • Other duties as necessary