This past summer, 30 students got a taste of start-up life in Silicon Valley as engineering fellows at portfolio companies of the venture firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Now, Kleiner Perkins is launching another summer fellowship program, this one to capitalize on Silicon Valley’s hottest commodity: design savviness.
The venture firm plans to put its first class of design fellows to work on design challenges at KPCB-funded start-ups including Flipboard, One Kings Lane, Path and Square, according to a news release. As with its Engineering Fellows Program, Kleiner Perkins will focus its recruiting efforts at colleges and universities.
“Design isn’t just look and feel. It is how things work,” Kleiner Perkins partner and former Square products director Megan Quinn told The Wall Street Journal.
Selected design fellows will benefit from Kleiner’s newly-announced Design Council, a 12-member group of experienced designers within the technology sector who will offer mentorship and support.
As many of the Design Council members hail from the venture firm’s portfolio companies, the council may be able to not only provide talented student fellows with professional guidance but also a potential job.
90% of Kleiner’s first class of engineering fellows were offered continuing roles at the companies they were placed in, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Kleiner Perkins started accepting applications for the Design Fellows Program Tuesday. The application period will conclude at the end of next January.