HackCville knows working with interns can be a pain. Finding and vetting them, scoping projects for them to work on, managing them, and, let's face it, not always being impressed with the outcome of their work - the process can be arduous, time consuming, and often unproductive.
That's where our HackCville's Launch program comes in. We help students learn critical skills, provide much needed technical talent to local firms at very affordable prices, and get highly valuable students to love and stay in Charlottesville.
Hundreds of top University students in engineering, computer science, business, and arts apply to Launch in February and go through a vigorous vetting process. Students apply to one of four tracks: marketing, data science, web design / front-end, or software engineering.
Our acceptance rate is about 30%, less than half that of the UVA Commerce School. Our students come from across years and majors, and 50% of our accepted students are female.
Our experts also train these super-interns in the communication skills and professionalism needed to succeed in the workplace.
Throughout the training process, we work closely with each company to find the best match based on each student's skillset, personal interests, and culture fit. For the second six weeks of the summer, students then work as full-time project consultants at the company's offices. (July 5 - August 11.)
Capabilities of Launch program interns include creating various web applications, creating and executing integrated digital marketing campaigns, using data to identify customer trends, and visualizing large data sets.
We support our students weekly throughout the internship to make sure they're on track. Our ongoing mentorship and support lessens the company's burden of managing students.
Brendan Collins, College Recruiter at Google
Hired four HackCville students over the last two years.
Company partners pay $4000 to HackCville per student. HackCville pays each student $1000 living stipend out of this payment while the rest covers the cost of their training. Companies do not need to pay students directly.
A non-refundable $500 deposit per student is due to confirm an engineer, web designer, marketer, or data scientist for the summer. Companies can confirm as many spots in whatever combination they want. The deadline for company participation is May 1, 2017.
The remaining $3500 is paid during the summer in two pieces - $1500 on June 1 and $2000 on July 5. Students work at their matched company for a total of 6 weeks starting July 5 and ending on August 11.
Here's a brief overview of the timeline:
- Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer
Developing a strong base of talent and reducing brain drain is vital for the continued development of Charlottesville tech, startup, and small business ecosystem. Launch is designed to increase the number of talented engineers, web designers, marketers, data scientists in Charlottesville and to keep them here. Supporting Launch enables HackCville to continue working toward that mission.
Tarek Pertew, co-founder of Uncubed
Hired three HackCville students over the last three years.
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For the first six weeks of the summer (May 22 - June 30), accepted students will participate in immersive, intensive skills training to become full-stack developers, web designers, marketers, or data scientists. Launch is led by local expert instructors with years of teaching and industry experience.
Engineering students will learn several front-end and back-end programming languages and frameworks, along with the skills to quickly learn any new language. Students will be trained on Node, React, HTML, CSS, wireframing tools, git and GitHub, and Python. By the end of our training they will be ready to build fully functioning web applications from scratch.
Full-stack marketing students will learn how to produce integrated marketing campaigns, start to finish. Students will be trained in graphic design principles, marketing strategy, SEO, and data analysis. They'll also be immersed in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, as well as popular digital marketing tools like MailChimp, Google Analytics & AdWords, Facebook Ads, and more.
Data science students will learn how to find, scrape, and clean data sets. Students will be trained in R, Python, Tableu, D3, Excel, and an introduction to machine learning. They'll also learn how to create statistical analyses, predictive modeling, database design, and data visualizations based on their findings. By the end of our program they will be ready to find or use existing data sets to provide immediately valuable insights.
All students will also go through professional development training to learn how to be effective and communicative employees. We'll start by introducing students to the basics of how startups and tech companies work and operate. We'll train students to become expert, effective communicators through regular project presentations, email-writing workshops, and interview practice. Finally, our students will be introduced to the basics of common workplace digital tools, including Slack, Salesforce, G Suite, and more.
Throughout the first 6 weeks of training, HackCville works to identify the best project consultant(s) for each company. This process includes:
HackCville's staff will work with each company and each student to ensure excellent matches for the latter half of the program.
For the second 6 weeks of the summer (July 5 - August 11) HackCville provides each company with immediately useful, skilled, and trained students. Students will work as project consultants for 35 hours/week at the company's offices. (Remote work is also possible.)
We hesitate to use "intern" to describe these students, as after our program these students operate much more like junior developers, web designers, marketers or data scientists. These students can effectively serve as immediately-useful team members to help you launch a new marketing campaign, digital product, website, or data analysis project.
You can bring on any number or combination of engineering, web design, marketing, or data science students.
We know onboarding and managing interns is often time consuming, difficult, and distracting. HackCville will remove much of this burden with 5+ hours of ongoing project and professional development support per student per week during the second half of the summer. This gives companies a student that can solve business problems without the hassle of managing them.
Here's what you need to provide: