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Who can apply for the program?

Engineering Fellows:

Open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at U.S. universities who are studying computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics or fields related to software development. The Engineering Fellowship is open to both students who plan to graduate and students who are still in school.

Design Fellows:

Open to students at U.S. universities from any academic discipline; the summer program will focus on Visual, Interaction, or Web User Interface Design. The Design Fellowship is open to both students who plan to graduate and students who are still in school.

Product Fellows:

Open to outstanding undergraduate or graduate students who will graduate from a U.S. university with a degree related to the areas of engineering, design, or business, as well as graduate students in M.B.A programs.

When can I apply?

Applications for the 2021 Fellows Program will open Thursday September 17th, 2020. The deadline for submission is Monday November 9th, 2020 11:59 PM PST.

What is the interview and selection process?

After our technical, design, and product committee reviews all of the applications submitted, a small number of students will be selected as semi-finalists. After the semi-final interviews which are done virtually, finalist will be selected. Kleiner Perkins company partners will reach out to finalists and schedule interviews. If an offer is made, the terms of compensation and start and end dates will be negotiated directly between the student and the company. Upon acceptance of an offer, the student will become a Kleiner Perkins Fellow and will be invited to participate in all program activities.

Will I get to choose which companies I interview and ultimately will be a Fellow at?

Yes! All finalist candidate will nominate companies they would like their finalist applications sent to. From that point on, the companies will reach out to schedule final interviews.

How do you define the role of a Product Manager?

We believe that a great product manager sits at the intersection of business, technology, and design. Product managers help define “what” to build, and engineers and designers define “how.”

How many Fellows will Kleiner Perkins accept?

We would like to offer a spot in our Fellows Program to every talented individual who applies, but we also want to ensure that each Fellow has the best possible experience during their time with our company partners. Therefore, we are limiting the number of Fellows based on the few positions per participating company where Fellows can play an important role and benefit from high-quality mentorship. The 2020 cohort had 67 Engineering Fellows, 11 Design Fellows, and 14 Product Fellows.

Is the Fellows Program paid?

Yes. Compensation will be very competitive and the terms are negotiated directly between the student and the portfolio company where they will be employed.

When does the program take place?

The start and end dates will be negotiated between the student and the startup, but all program-wide summer events will be held between mid June to early August to accommodate the schedules of students from various universities. We anticipate the 2021 program to be remote.

Is housing relocation assistance provided?

We will provide relocation guidance, help your familiarize yourself with the area and connect you with other Fellows looking for housing, but Fellows will be responsible for their own housing costs.

Will I have an opportunity to interact with companies besides the one where I’ll be working?

Yes. Although Fellows will be working at one startup for the duration of the summer, the program is designed to provide you with many opportunities to meet people at other startups, at events hosted by Kleiner Perkins as well as events hosted by startups within our portfolio.

Can I apply for more than one type of program?

Yes, however applicants must meet the eligibility guidelines for all the programs that they apply for. You can only be accepted into one program.