The Launch Process

Our proprietary vetting, training, and matching system takes the hassle and risk out of finding top talent for your company. 190+ companies all over the country have worked with us - here's why.

1. We find and select only the best.

Hundreds of top University of Virginia students in engineering, computer science, business, media, and the arts apply to Launch and go through a vigorous multi-stage vetting process. Students apply to one of five tracks: digital strategy, data science, software engineering, business development, or UX design.

1000+

applicants

8%

acceptance rate

96%

of past hiring partners plan to hire with us again

2. We train them to be super-interns.

Our proprietary training system gets students work-ready fast. Students are prepared for Launch through a 13-week process during the spring semester. Students are then immersed in an intensive 10-hour/day bootcamp for the first 3 weeks of the summer. A core part of our curriculum includes training in the communication, presentation, project management, and professionalism skills needed to succeed in the workplace.

We teach students how to teach themselves new skills and have them practice with sample clients.

  • Software engineers learn the full stack with an emphasis on Node and React.
  • Data scientists learn R, Python, and data visualization techniques.
  • UX designers learn design and prototyping tools, user research processes, and the fundamentals of front-end coding.
  • Digital marketers learn to run integrated marketing campaigns from ideation to execution.
  • Business development students learn the tools and techniques to qualify, prospect, and build repeatable sales processes with modern software.

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"I would, no question, not be where I am today in terms of my marketable skills and experience without Launch. I loved my instructors, colleagues, and getting involved in such a creative community."

3. We find the best match for your company.

In fall 2019 we begin matching company partners with Launch student participants. We work closely with each company to find the best match based on each student's skillset and personal interests.

Our goal is to find the best fit. We work with companies and students until both are excited about their match. We've successfully matched 190+ companies with 210 students over the last two years.

For the remaining ten weeks of the summer, students then work as full-time interns or project consultants at the company's offices or remotely from HackCville. (June 8 - August 15.)

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4. Keep working with or hire your interns.

Here are just a few of the companies that kept their intern on this fall.

HackCville’s aim is to provide emerging companies with top talent at an affordable price while educating the next generation of talented developers, marketers, data scientists, and more. Supporting Launch enables HackCville to continue working toward that mission. All Company Partners will be acknowledged as HackCville partners that are supporting the development of our talent base and business ecosystem.

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Reserve your company's spot in Launch 2020 today.

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