Summer 2024 Research Internship, Crypto

Andreessen Horowitz

New York, NY, USA
Posted on October 16, 2023

The Role

a16z crypto research is a new kind of multidisciplinary lab that bridges the worlds of academic theory and industry practice to advance the science and technology of the next generation of the internet.  In addition to fundamental research, we collaborate with portfolio companies to solve hard technical and conceptual problems. Research interns will have the opportunity to learn from the firm’s investment and engineering teams, although this is a research role with no responsibility for investment decisions. We are seeking students with a strong research background and an interest in blockchains and web3 to join the group for the summer.  Specific research areas of interest include cryptography, security, distributed computing, economics (both micro and macro), incentives, quantitative finance, political science and governance, and market and mechanism design.  This list is not exhaustive and we encourage applicants with different backgrounds who may have unique perspectives on the space to apply.

To join our team, you should be excited to:

  • Pursue fundamental research on topics relevant to the firm
  • Collaborate with a16z crypto’s full-time researchers and other student interns
  • Collaborate with portfolio companies on technical research problems
  • Contribute to blog posts, white papers, and other public expository content
  • Meet with visitors from academia and industry and attend seminars
  • A typical schedule will have an intern spending ? of the time pursuing their own research (typically in collaboration with other lab members), ? of the time collaborating on portfolio-related problems, and ? of the time meeting with visitors/attending seminars, etc.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Enrolled in a PhD program in a relevant field such as computer science, economics, mathematics, operations research, political science, etc. (Exceptional masters and undergraduate students will also be considered.)
  • Passionate and knowledgeable about blockchains/Web3 and their underlying technologies.
  • Familiar with fundamental research and publishing in peer-reviewed conferences and journals.

Internship Details

  • In-person residency required in New York, NY
  • Duration of internship May 28–August 16, 2024 (minimum residency 10 weeks, maximum 12 weeks)

Materials to upload

  • Resume/CV
  • List of Publications/Blog Posts/Any Public Content (optional but recommended)
  • Twitter, github, personal website, public crypto wallet (optional)
  • Research statement (optional but recommended)
  • Letters of recommendation (1-2 letters, optional): recommenders should email their letters of support to, with the name of the applicant in the subject line.

For full consideration, please submit applications by November 15, 2023.

The anticipated weekly rate for this role is $4,500 per week, actual starting pay may vary based on a range of factors which can include experience, skills, and scope.

a16z culture 

  • We do only first class business and only in a first class way
  • We take a long view of relationships, because we are in the relationship business
  • We believe in the future and bet the firm that way
  • We are all different, we recognize that, and we win
  • We celebrate the good times
  • We do it for the team
  • We play to win

At a16z we are always looking to hire the absolute best talent and recognize that diversity in our experiences and backgrounds is what makes us stronger. We hire candidates of any race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital or family status, disability, Veteran status, and any other status. These differences are what enables us to work towards the future we envision for ourselves, our portfolio companies, and the World.

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