We build cities for people, not cars.

Community Activation and Launch Intern

$20k - $25k
Tempe, AZ
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About the role

Who We Are

Culdesac is a real estate and technology startup that builds cities for people, not cars. Our goal is to create the first car-free city in the US. We started by creating the first car-free neighborhood built from scratch in the US - Culdesac Tempe, a $200 million mixed-use neighborhood development for 1,000 residents opening in 2022. The neighborhood covers 17 acres and features 55% open space, shared courtyards, and abundant bookable spaces. Culdesac is the co-developer and tech-enabled property manager.

Read more about our vision, our product, and how we are changing how people live, work, and move:

Introducing Culdesac: Building car-free neighborhoods from scratch by Ryan Johnson (CEO & Founder)

The Capital of Sprawl Gets a Radically Car-Free Neighborhood by The New York Times

Paying Rent Will Get You Wheels in New Car-Free Complex by Bloomberg

New Arizona Development Bans Residents From Bringing Cars - WSJ by Wall Street Journal

11 rules for buying an ebike. Ebikes are about to change the world. By Ryan Johnson (CEO & Founder)

We’re headquartered in Tempe, AZ and were founded in 2018. CEO Ryan Johnson was previously on the founding team of Opendoor. We raised a $30M Series A in January 2022. Our investors include top VCs like Khosla Ventures, Lennar (LenX), Zigg Capital, Initialized Capital, Byers Capital, and Y Combinator.

The Role

Culdesac is growing our team and looking for a Community Activation and Launch Intern at Culdesac Tempe to help with our mission.

The Community Activation and Launch Intern will support our Culdesac Tempe roll out. Responsibilities will include mobilizing quickly to get stuff done across properties as well as reaching out to people and managing community relationships in person or virtually. The Community Activation and Launch Intern will focus on providing analytical support and execution support for the launch of Culdesac Tempe.

This role is based in Tempe, AZ, at our headquarters and local properties. The internship would begin this spring semester, with an option for extension pending performance and workload.

The Requirements

While this list represents what we are ideally looking for, we encourage you to apply even if your resume includes strengths and experiences that don’t match everything listed here.

Comfortable with reaching out to people and managing community relationships in person or virtually. Able to proactively cold call.

Experience with planning, setting up, and executing weekly community events. Specifically for our weekly market, Little Cholla.

Passion for organization and details and able to document processes well. Proactive problem solver.

Enjoys cross functional collaboration , able to synthesize and act on communication from several departments.

Flexible and scrappy, able to jump in where needed.

Prioritizes a lifestyle leveraging public transportation, micromobility, and other alternatives to private cars.


As a Community Activation and Launch Intern, your responsibilities will include ad hoc support as well as the following:

Organize, host, and drive attendee growth for Little Cholla events from February to Culdesac Tempe launch.

Maintain and drive the key systems that are in place that help us run Little Cholla - community groups, fire inspections, vendor communications and food truck broker.

Planning and ad-hoc support for events beyond Little Cholla - building the list and outreach (e.g. community events, office events, etc.).

Support STR customer experience and unit turn operations at properties.

Physical Requirements

We will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. These functions include, but are not limited to:

Ability to lift, push and pull up to 25 pounds.

Ability to walk around the property several times daily, up to 10 miles a day.

Ability to walk on uneven surfaces.

Ability to climb several flights of stairs several times daily.

Hearing and visual ability to observe and detect signs of emergency required.

Must be able to sit, stand, reach, bend and stoop for extended periods of time.

Ability to use standard maintenance equipment.

Visual requirements including color, depth perception, and field vision.

Benefits & Perks

🖥️ Large office in the heart of Downtown Tempe.

🚲 Access to fleet of ebikes and scooters to try, use while at work, and check out for personal use.

🌎 Company pop-ups and parklets that provide recreation and connection to the community.

🛴 Mobility Stipend - Up to $500 to invest in employee micro-mobility setup (e.g., e-bike, e-scooter, micro-mobility accessories).

Our Values

As sprawl became commonplace in our cities, we felt less connected to each other. We normalized hour-long commutes, even as private vehicle ownership became the largest source of carbon emission pollution. Our cities blend technology, real estate, and culture to reimagine our daily lives. Come help us make our residents happier, healthier, and more productive in the years they spend with us and the moments they spend together.

At Culdesac, we:

Work as a team

Be inclusive, drawing on the strengths of people who bring a different perspective.

Find ways to work together that overcome disciplinary and geographic separations.

Ship, including the last 10%

Be output oriented. Ship.

Our mission weaves us deep into people's lives. Respect that trusted relationship by seeing your work through to the end, including the last 10%.

Embrace the full-stack

We have a competitive advantage in operationally complex, capital-intensive work.

Tackling all the layers in the stack gives us an opportunity to deliver an exceptional user experience.

Always remember Rule #0: learn from those who have done it before.

Ask people for feedback

Only users know if we’re creating value for them.

We get better by observing behavior and asking others how we can improve.

Respect the limits of what we can know and plan. In the complex organism of a city, emergent behavior rules.

Design for humans

The messiness of human preferences and decision making is the rich soil where our product grows.

Human paradoxes and contradictions are our opportunity to create joy.

Culdesac is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

About the interview

Next Steps

If you think Culdesac might be a good fit, we encourage you to apply! You have nothing to lose, and we'll respond to you within a week. If we move forward, here's our typical process:

  1. A 20-minute call with a recruiter to understand your high-level background and cover logistics & expectations.

  2. A 30-minute video call with our Neighborhood Services Leader to dig more into your background & experience.

  3. A 45-minute video call with our COO overviewing how you would fit in Culdesac’s mission, vision, and culture.

At each step, we leave time for you to ask us questions. When you receive an offer, our CEO will meet with you to talk a bit more about the company, the details of your offer, and any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!

Why you should join Culdesac

Our cities should be celebrated. They have been the largest driver of innovation in human history. But somewhere along the way, things broke and our quality of life suffered. We built our lives around our cars as cookie-cutter housing popped up around the country. Sprawl became commonplace, and we normalized hour-long commutes, even as private vehicle ownership became the largest source of carbon emission pollution. We became more isolated and felt less connected to each other. It doesn't have to be this way.

We're building cities for people, not cars. Our team blends technology, real estate, and culture to reimagine our daily lives. We come from different backgrounds to bring a fresh perspective on what's possible. As a team, we keep a pulse on our community and what they need. We ride our e-bikes to lunch, host pop-ups on construction sites and make 16-acre cornstarch art pieces. We cultivate these relationships and bring our community closer together so they can experience the neighborhood they deserve.

Team Size:32
Location:Tempe, AZ
Jeff Berens
Jeff Berens
Ryan Johnson
Ryan Johnson