I’m Justine Moore, author of Accelerated. ****I’ve gone through a few VC recruiting processes (I was most recently a consumer & SMB software investor at CRV), and ****created this guide to help other students and recent grads navigate it. Please reach out with any questions or feedback!

Table of Contents

What are the different types of VC firms?

What do VC titles mean?

What does a VC intern do?

What does a VC analyst or associate do?

How do I do diligence on VC funds or investors?

How do I recruit for a VC role?

What opportunities are available to get involved in VC for students?

Which firms regularly hire analysts/associates?

What resources can I use to learn about VC / find jobs?

What are the different types of VC firms?


Early Stage

Early-stage typically refers to investments between pre-seed and Series B. These companies may or may not have a live product or revenue, but generally don’t yet have product-market fit.

Roles at early-stage firms often involve: (1) meeting with founders and sourcing investments; (2) due diligence; (3) supporting portfolio companies; and (4) thought leadership around spaces the firm is interested in.

Some firms invest across a range of stages (e.g. a16z invests from seed to growth), while others focus on one stage (e.g. First Round Capital is a seed-focused firm). To summarize the stages: