Startup Development Research Intern

Job description

We Are Builders is a Rotterdam based startup studio designed to build and grow B2B tech companies from scratch, by bringing together promising ideas, experienced founders, operational support and investment capital. An essential part of our operations is our studio team of executors and operators, which consist of engineering, design, recruitment, finance and other roles. Due to the operational support of our studio team, our ventures can excel in execution and growth. To see what we've built thus far, have a look at our ventures Influentials and IPS.


Studio team

To grow our studio team, we’re looking for an ambitious graduation intern who will dive deep in our processes to sharpen the tools and processes we use to build new ventures. As an important part of our studio team, you’ll work on research and documentation oriented challenges to optimize our venture building process. Our studio team is happy and hungry, loves collaboration, shares knowledge and support each other where necessary.


About the role

Are you fascinated about startups? About the things that make them succeed? And what made them fail? If this resulted in a three-time YAY or YES; we’re looking for someone like yourself. We are looking for an ambitious graduation intern to join our studio team. You are fascinated by tech startups and want to dive deep in the world of startup studios.


A big part of our studio operations is providing our ventures with the necessary tools and resources to succeed. We run a data-driven operation that becomes smarter and more efficient every day. To do so, we need to continuously stay on top of our game and document our learnings and experiences into best-practices. This way, our knowledge doesn’t stay with our studio team but is made widely available to our entire studio and ventures. As you might imagine, just copy-pasting notes and links inside a couple of shared documents is not the solution. Therefore we’ve created a shared knowledge base containing focused playbooks surrounding the pillars of our studio. Inside these playbooks, we document our venture framework, founder recruitment process, ideation process, venture tools and more. We like to transform plain information into inspiring and persuasive content that is easy to understand and ready to put into action.


Startup studios are a very hot topic right now; becoming an early expert on this industry will set you up for some great opportunities as the ecosystem continues to evolve. During your internship at Builders, you’ll learn everything there is to know about the startup studio model and the venture building processes. With this knowledge, you'll learn how to optimize this process to make startups thrive. You will build on top of our existing playbooks, or create new ones if you find we are missing something. You won’t be starting entirely from scratch, since we already knowledge base in place, and developed deep connections inside the startup studio ecosystem. You’ll get access to all our resources and collaborate with our studio team. Together, we will build the empowering foundation needed to bring our existing and future ventures to new heights.


We offer a diverse internship with plenty of room for your own interpretation and personal development. You operate under supervision in an innovative, professional and growing that invests in people, talent and innovation. Other perks of the job include:
  • Flexible working hours, our team works from 06:00-09:00 until 15:00-19:00 ish.
  • Generous internship compensation.
  • Full public transport travel reimbursement.
  • Realistic career opportunities with a lot of challenges.
  • Prospect of a permanent deal at our studio or ventures.
  • Daily fresh fruit, tasty snacks and unlimited coffee.
  • An inspiring workplace, next to Rotterdam central station.
  • Fun company events, weekly Friday drinks and fabulous studio merchandise.


  • What you do not know yet, you’ll try to figure out yourself first before asking for help.
  • You have an affinity for writing and whatever you are writing leaves an impact.
  • You have a long-term vision, are process-oriented and can easily structure information.
  • You have strong communication and copywriting skills.
  • You have an entrepreneurial can-do mentality.
  • You are curious, a fast learner and eager to grow with the company.
  • You are resourceful when it comes to content creation.
  • You have basic knowledge of Notion, Google Docs and Keynote.
  • You have a (preferably mixed) background in business, innovation or marketing.
  • Design, photography or illustration skills would be a nice addition to this role.


Hard requirements

  • You are looking for a graduation internship.
  • You are available for at least six months.
  • You are fluent in Dutch and English.
  • You can commit yourself to work four days a week (75% studio, 25% study).
  • You are available from mid-July or the beginning of August.


Our hiring process

As we continue to grow our team, we put serious effort in creating an inspiring workplace. To be more specific, a work environment to support a culture where people genuinely want to be part of. We encourage a culture where people can grow towards their full potential and even beyond. Of course, we are eager to partner with the most talented minds in the field, but we are also looking for a mutual fit. The following steps are part of our hiring process:

  1. Resume and application form
  2. Assessment
  3. Phone screen
  4. Onsite or video interview
  5. Offer


For applying to this role, it is helpful to support your motivation with examples of your copywriting skills or relevant work experience inside a startup or scaleup oriented organisation.


Do you want to be part of the success story within our ventures?

Apply now and build with us! For questions, please message us at


No recruitment agencies, please.