Intern with StartingBlock

Why intern with us?

StartingBlock is Wisconsin’s largest community of entrepreneurs, startups, investors, accelerators, and entrepreneur support organizations. Our mission is to create the meaningful intersections that cultivate entrepreneurs, accelerate startup growth, drive innovation and build a startup community that gives back.

Our core values:

Think Big.  Success requires thinking big, even when the company is still small.  StartingBlock helps entrepreneurs find and actualize big ideas into successful companies by connecting, pushing and challenging them (and us) constantly.

Fear Less.  Turning dreams into reality demands tackling obstacles fearlessly.  StartingBlock empowers entrepreneurs to fear less by creating meaningful support networks, connecting entrepreneurs to resources, and understanding that failures are temporary.

Listen Deeply.  Making a difference means listening deeply—to yourself and to others.  StartingBlock creates inclusive conversations and opportunities for like and unlike minds to collaborate and support each other.

Available internships

Membership Engagement Intern 

Membership Engagement interns will work directly with StartingBlock’s Membership Manager to ensure that our members are receiving the top notch care that we pride ourselves on. Throughout the internship, you will interact with the entire organization, attend team meetings and have opportunities to interface with senior business leaders and program speakers, and network with Madison’s startup community. In addition to learning how to develop and execute effective membership programs, interns will be provided opportunities to develop critical business-related skills including project management, organization, research and data analysis, data-base management, marketing, and communications.

Internship Responsibilities:

The duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintain membership database to make sure all directory information is up to date for both members and partner organizations.
  • Assist in potential new member research – conduct research various industries and potential member companies, and which startups and social impact entrepreneurs would be well served by StartingBlock.
  • Assist in the retention process of individual member.
  • Respond to inquiries for more information from prospective members.
  • Solicit member feedback on programming and member benefits. Create and present reports on continuous improvement opportunities for member benefits.
  • Assist in coordination of member engagement programs associated with forums, and virtual networking events.
  • When possible, attend & staff programs to walk up member services. Some early mornings may be required..
  • Attend and participate at Membership Team meetings and internal staff meetings.
  • Administrative tasks and special projects as assigned.


  • Ability to learn quickly
  • Ability to work independently, including prioritization of tasks and self-management
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office required
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to work in a team environment
  • Excellent writing skills and willingness to use them
  • Willingness to experiment, to learn, and to be creative
  • Proficient in social media, Slack, e-media.
  • Must be able to lift at least 30 lbs. and stand for an hour unassisted
  • Must have own computer or laptop.

Internship Duration and Hours: 2 days at 16 hours per week. May-August. Schedule TBD upon placement

Compensation: StartingBlock offers class credit and a stipend.

How to apply: Email resume and cover letter to Nora Roughen-Schmidt (  “Membership Engagement Intern” in the subject line.


Legal and Property Management Internship

We’re looking for self-starters. Students who are energetic and excited about entrepreneurship and community building! If you are interested in the inner workings of an organization like StartingBlock, and want to dive deep into operations than this internship is for you.

Internship Responsibilities:

This internship reports directly to the StartingBlock Executive Director. As a Legal and Property Management intern you will:

  • Draft and organize basic entity documents and correspondence
  • Maintain files and records
  • Research lease and property matters and work with Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic on strategies
  • Assist in commercial contract review
  • Assist in document collection and production
  • Assist in filing and renewal of documents related to nonprofit status for StartingBlock Madison
  • Assist Executive Director in the department in other legal matters including employment contracts


  • Currently enrolled as a first-year student attending Law School
  • Strong academic credentials
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Superior organization skills and high attention to detail
  • Proficient in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Internship Duration and Hours: 2 days at 16 hours per week. May-August. Schedule TBD upon placement

Compensation: StartingBlock offers class credit and a stipend.

How to apply: Email resume and cover letter to Nora Roughen-Schmidt (  “Legal and Property Management Intern” in the subject line.


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