What kind of commitment is expected from Fellows?
InSITE Fellows are expected to be part of the program for at least four semesters. For J-term and second-semester business school fellows, this means you are expected to play an active role in the organization for the remainder of your business school career. For law students, it means you are expected to stay until at least the beginning of your 3L year (or longer if you are a second semester 2L). In exceptional cases, a student may be invited by a Current Fellow after approval by the Executive Committee to apply despite only having three semesters remaining.
The InSITE commitment encompasses not only your contribution to your team and attendance at all events (approximately 4 hours/week including work in between Team Meetings), but a commitment to take on a leadership role in your second year with the organization, either as a Team Leader or an Executive Officer.
How We Select Fellows
Passion and Dedication
We look for applicants who have the energy and willingness to commit to an intense and demanding group such as InSITE, on top of their school commitments. We expect our Fellows to become Team Leaders, Officers, or take their own initiative to improve and contribute to the organization in unique ways.
We care deeply about finding candidates who have integrity, initiative, leadership, reliability, courtesy, composure, concise and effective communication skills, and analytical ability. Yes, we want it all.
We learn from each other, so we seek candidates who have experience in private equity, venture capital, starting a company, technology, engineering, operations, law (especially intellectual property law), design, or experience in other arenas that developed skills transferable to InSITE.
While we do not seek to fill specific quotas for any of the programs, we recognize that one of the strengths of InSITE is our diversity across different schools/disciplines and our balance of graduating and first-year/earlier year students, which brings stability and continuity. However, first and foremost, we seek applicants who embody the spirit of InSITE.
Criteria for Rating InSITE Applications
Demonstrated desire to commit and contribute to InSITE for the duration of graduate school (at least two academic years):
We want individuals who have a clear understanding of InSITE and are excited to become a part of the organization and ideally take on a leadership role in his/her second year. We also want people who have clearly demonstrated strong business acumen and ethical character. Lastly, we want people who play well with others. Above all, we consider whether or not we would like to work on a small team with a person – and whether that person will add value to the community beyond his/her experience
Skills we look for:
Initiative & Drive
Relevant prior experience, including:
Prior entrepreneurship or VC experience
Consulting, law, technology, science/medicine, or “other” areas of expertise that may be relevant (medical and technology backgrounds are attractive)
Software development or engineering background that may be helpful in assessing technologies or industries
Individuals who do not necessarily have relevant experience but have demonstrated an ability to think like a VC/Entrepreneur are encouraged to apply!
Chapter-Specific Application Details
Thank you for your interest in InSITE New York! All the information you need should be below but please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. You can reach the team at email@example.com.
Good luck! We look forward to reviewing your application.
- Written Application due September 20, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST
- Final Round Interviews (by invitation only) will take place on September 26 and 27, 2020
- Notification of Final Decision By: September 30, 2020
- Fall 2020 Pitch Night: October 6, 2020
Application: Click here
The InSITE New York application consists of a written application and, by invitation only, an in-person interview. We assess candidates on the following criteria:
§ Analytical aptitude
§ Interpersonal skills (e.g., integrity, initiative, leadership, reliability, courtesy, composure, teamwork)
§ Demonstrated passion for entrepreneurship
§ Alignment with the InSITE mission
The written application comprises:
§ Personal Statement (300 word maximum)
§ Transaction Analysis (500 word maximum)
Use this space to explain why you would be a great addition to the InSITE community. Your response should touch on: how you demonstrate the qualities we are looking for in fellows (analytical aptitude, interpersonal skills, demonstrated passion for entrepreneurship, and alignment with the InSITE mission), what you hope to gain from being a Fellow, and/or how you will contribute to the organization.
Please pick one out of the four startups below and argue whether or not a venture firm should invest in the company. Your assessment should include several criteria that justify your position. You can pick what investing criteria is most relevant to you based on prior professional experience and/or personal perspective (i.e.if you are not a business school student, you can focus on the scientific, legal, or design principles). There are no right answers to this question – we just want to get to know you and how you think.
Bowery Farming (https://boweryfarming.com/)
VR World NYC (https://vrworldnyc.com/)
Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boston Application Dates:
Apply to the Boston program by 9/23 11:59 EST at bit.ly/InSITE2020App.
10/02 New Fellows notified
10/08 Startup Match Night
TBD New Fellow Orientation
Haas MBA Club Fair: Wednesday 9/16 from 11am-2pm PST @ HopIn (see Slack for more details)
Info Session: TBD Monday 9/21 or Tuesday 9/22 @ Zoom (see Slack for more details)
Application Deadline: Monday, 9/23 at 11:59PM PST
Application Link: https://forms.gle/1nyNKQZcUBvzRHef6
9/20 – Applications Due
9/21 – Tuesday, September 29 – Interviews
10/1 – Notify New Fellows
10/5 – InSITE Fellowship + Startup Kickoff
Interpersonal skills (e.g., integrity, initiative, leadership, reliability, courtesy, composure, teamwork)
Demonstrated passion for entrepreneurship
Alignment with the InSITE mission
Long-term career goals (100 word maximum)
Personal Statement (100 word maximum)
Transaction Analysis (500 word, one-page single space maximum)
Personal Statement Details
Use this space to explain why you think you would be a great addition to the InSITE community. It is suggested that your response touches on: how you demonstrate the qualities we are looking for in fellows, what you hope to get out of being a Fellow, and/or how you will contribute to the organization.
Transaction Analysis Details:
Please pick one out of the five following companies for your Startup Venture Transaction Analysis:
1) Feather (https://www.livefeather.com/);
2) Firefly (https://fireflyon.com);
3) Outlier (https://outlier.ai/);
4) Step (https://step.com/); or
5) TruePill (https://www.truepill.com/).
In your assessment, please answer whether you think the investors involved with Series A funding made the right decision to invest in this company. Please identify 3-5 criteria to justify your decision. There are no right answers to this question. We at InSITE just want to get to know you and how you think!