About N Fellowship

N Fellowship is an exclusive 6 to 10 week summer program that matches 15 entrepreneurial and technically talented engineering students from top universities, with 15 CEOs of big and dynamic companies across the world, for a unique cross-mentorship experience designed to help students and leaders Navigate What’s Next.

We are searching for engineers with :

Strong Communication

You are a team player who tends to lead the pack, and you understand that diplomacy and listening are often the most important parts of effective communication.

Technical Competency

You have outstanding software engineering skills, as proven by your technical work experience and projects.

Innovative & Entrepreneurial Thinking

You are a questioner who pushes boundaries, and a problem-solver who sees things differently.

Maturity & International Outlook

You are mature and charismatic, and possess a global outlook on technological innovation.

The Role

Given the changeable and fast-paced nature of working with senior leadership, each role will be shaped by the relationship between a given N Fellow and CEO. The N Fellowship experience is not dictated by a list of pre-assigned tasks, but rather determined on a daily basis by each CEO’s schedule, priorities and technological ambitions for the company. Although applicants are required to have strong computer science backgrounds, N Fellows are not expected to code during the program.
N Fellows can expect to work on the following projects:



Shadow the CEO

N Fellows attend, assist in preparation of, and share feedback on meetings.

Propose New Approaches

N fellows leverage their outside perspective and technical background to propose solutions for business problems assigned to them by their CEOs (e.g. deep analysis of how to collect customer data more effectively and improve segment specific targeted sales).

Consult Internal Technical Projects

Review existing technical deployments and investigate possible improvements (e.g. provide extensive feedback on a recently contracted technical project to improve new user experience).

Share Insights on New Technologies

Inform the senior leadership on new technologies and how they can be utilized within their sector and company (e.g. brief C-level on AI and various use cases in their industry).

Dive into Company-Wide Data

Understand the ideal KPIs desired by top management; analyze whether these ideal metrics differ from current KPIs; if so dig into company-wide data and work with IT to improve the company data pipeline.

Ignite Innovation

Ideate means for a company to gain a competitive edge in said industry

Partner Companies

  • Amrop Portfolio

    Partner Companies are selected from amongst thousands of companies in Amrop’s portfolio across 50 countries.

  • Scale

    Partner companies are large and established, not start-ups, and usually with regional or global operations.

  • Dynamic

    Partner companies are on the innovation path and want to successfully Navigate What’s next.

  • Visionary

    Partner CEOs are open-minded and forward looking; future-thinking leaders who recognize that tomorrow’s brightest idea might come from the most unlikely place.

  • Industry Variety

    Partner companies are in industries that range from consumer and retail, to energy and infrastructure, to technology and media, to financial and professional services. Companies may be in the early stages of disruption and innovation, and can benefit from an injection of new ideas.

N Fellowship is brought to you by a synergetic partnership between Nav Talent and Amrop

Nav Talent helps talented engineers and high-impact startups navigate the technical recruiting ecosystem. As a team of engineers, Nav Talent better understands the technical needs of startups and cares deeply about the career goals of candidates. Nav Talent exists to create long term relationships where passion, purpose, and talent come together.

Amrop advises the world’s most dynamic and agile organizations on identifying and positioning Leaders For What’s Next - adept at working across borders, in markets around the world. Established in 1977, Amrop operates in Asia, EMEA and the Americas in over 70 offices in more than 50 countries and is one of the world’s largest retained executive search partnerships.

Why Now

Navigating
What's Next

The relentless pace of technological development (not to mention the ever-expanding start-up ecosystem) makes it a significant challenge for many organizations to identify and execute the right innovation they so desperately seek.

Today’s generation of computer science engineering students are highly entrepreneurial, with a passion for solving complex challenges and creating dynamic change. Disruption and innovation are at the core of their worldview. Yet, understanding how to solve complex problems requires years of professional experience working at the top.

By combining Nav Talent’s experience working with outstanding software engineering students and disruptive startups, with Amrop’s 40 years of experience advising the world’s most dynamic organizations on talent management challenges, we identified a unique synergy that aims to address both ‘sides of the coin’ – in a way that ignites true innovation and learning for the students, the CEOs and the organizations.

FAQ

  • Who can apply for the N Fellowship?

    N Fellowship is open to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students who are either studying fields related to software engineering (e.g. computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics) or who have in-depth knowledge of software development.

  • What are the start and end dates?

    The exact start and end dates as well as the duration will depend on your CEO's preference. However all partnerships will start in June, and last for 6 to 10 weeks within the typical 12-week summer break.

  • Who are the CEOs and how do you select them?

    The CEOs will be announced in early-January. CEOs are selected from Amrop’s hundreds of partner companies in 55 countries.

  • How do I get paired with a CEO?

    If you are selected for an interview, you will be sent a list of our partner CEOs and will be asked to rank your preferences.

  • Are all CEOs based in the U.S.?

    Our partner CEOs are based around the world, in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

  • Will I get paid?

    As a participant, you will be paid a stipend for the fellowship period. In most cases, that stipend should cover expenses related to travel and accommodation, as well as daily living expenses. In some cases, travel and accommodation may be covered separately, depending on the country and company placement. Stipends and cost coverage will also be dependent upon local legislation, terms and conditions.

  • Will I need a VISA/work-permit to work outside of the U.S?

    Most countires will reguire for you to have a work permit to be able to legally work in the country. But our partner companies will be responsible for arranging the necessary permits and documentation for you.

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2017 N Fellows & Partners

  • I worked closely with the CEO and helped him get a unique outsider perspective on how the company can be more entrepreneurial, and innovative.

    Mehmet Efe Akengin
    MIT, CS, 2018
  • My time as an N Fellow could not have been more meaningful or impactful, and has helped prepare me for an international career.

    Bradley Cage
    UC Berkeley, Mechanical Engineering, EECS, 2018
  • [N Fellowship] was a sort of disruption for our organisation and helpful in supporting new structures and different ways of thinking.

    Bernard M. Kemper
    Energy from Waste, CEO
  • The N Fellowship offered me an unparalleled, unique opportunity to work in a strategy position alongside high level management executives on a high priority project, all while experiencing a new country abroad.

    Olivia Chung
    Harvard, CS, 2018
Mehmet Efe Akengin
  • Mehmet Efe Akengin
    Computer Science
    MIT '18

    N Fellowship has been a tremendous leadership, corporate entrepreneurship, innovation, and personal development experience for me. When I left Germany, I had an insight for how to build or transform a large organization or business that brings tremendous value to the society, how human, operational, business, cultural, political and technological aspects that play into this building and leading process, and what it takes to become and act as the leader of impact-driven large companies.

Olivia Chung
  • Bernard M. Kemper
    CEO
    Energy from Waste, CEO

    [N Fellowship] was a sort of disruption for our organisation and helpful in supporting new structures and different ways of thinking.

Olivia Chung
  • Olivia Chung
    Computer Science
    Harvard, CS, 2018

    The N Fellowship offered me an unparalleled, unique opportunity to work in a strategy position alongside high level management executives on a high priority project, all while experiencing a new country abroad. It was a summer of learning how an international company operates, being exposed to new ways of thinking about complex problems, and applying my skills in a real-world setting. But it was also a summer of navigating the city of Amsterdam, learning how to embrace uncertainty and change, and figuring out who I was.

Olivia Chung
  • David Plink
    CEO
    Top Employers Institute (TEI)

    David Plink is CEO of the Top Employers Institute, a post which he has held for 5 years and prior to which he was COO for almost 4 years. Mr. Plink previously worked at Reed Business, as Associate Director and Publisher, and before that, at VNU Business Publications, as the Online Media Publisher, Online Recruitment Manager and Sales Manager.

Olivia Chung
  • Antonio Moreno
    CEO
    Alstom

    Antonio Moreno serves at CEO at Alstom, Spain, where he has been working for 16 years. Alstom develops and markets systems, equipment and services for the railway sector and manages the widest range of solutions in the market – from high-speed trains to metros and tramways.

Bradley Cage
  • Bradley Cage
    Mechanical Engineering, EECS
    UC Berkeley '18

    My time in Barcelona and at Alstom has been a transformative experience. Not only did I gain international working experience, I was able to immerse fully into life in Spain and Europe. I created a meaningful impact at the company, creating plans on how to radically transform their operations and bring them to the 21st century. Over the course of the summer I managed to travel to ten different countries, and make countless new memories. My time as an N Fellow could not have been more meaningful or impactful, and has helped prepare me for an international career.

Olivia Chung
  • Dr. Johannes F. Kirchhoff
    Managing Partner
    Kirchhoff Group

    Dr. Johannes F. Kirchhoff serves as Managing Partner of KIRCHHOFF Group., Managing Director of KIRCHHOFF Holding and Chief Executive Officer of KIRCHHOFF Gmbh & Co.

Perry Alagappan
  • Perry Alagappan
    Electrical Engineering
    Stanford '18

    At Vopak, the world’s leading independent tank storage provider, specializing in the storage and handling of liquid chemicals, gasses, and oil products, Perry worked on a variety of technical projects. Primarily, Perry provided feedback on innovation efforts in Energy/Material Storage and Sensor Technologies/Big Data Analytics, helped design a project which involves monitoring terminal facilities to send real time updates to a cloud analytics platform and studied the broader Industrial IoT landscape to identify its influence on Vopak.

David Mace
  • David Mace
    Computer Science
    Caltech '17

    David worked for the environmental division of Kirchhoff Group, a waste management and collection company where David designed predictive maintenance plans, sensor integration and connected Kirchhoff factories with midsize companies that would outcompete bigger suppliers.

Samuel Liu
  • Samuel Liu
    Physics, Philosophy
    Harvard '18

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Olivia Chung
  • Eelco Hoekstra
    CEO
    Royal Vopak

    Eelco Hoekstra is the Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Royal Vopak. He has been active in the international tank storage industry since 1995 and joined Vopak in 2003. At Vopak, he held various management positions in the United Arab Emirates, Argentina and Singapore.

Olivia Chung
  • Armin Tietjen
    Executive Vice President
    GEA Group

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Application Timeline

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Following selection of your written application, you will be sent a list of our partner CEOs and will be asked to rank your preferences. You will then have an interview with the Nav Talent team and, if successful, will have a final interview with the Amrop team.

  • October 9: Application Opens
  • January 5: Application Deadline
  • January 5-20: Interview with Nav Talent team & rank CEO preferences
  • January 22 - February 2: Final interview with Amrop team
  • February 5 - 16: 15 selected candidates meet their respective CEOs
  • February 23: N Fellows announced