Get paid to learn in-demand technical and creative skills this summer.

Learn software engineering, digital marketing, data science, user experience (UX) design, or business development this summer. Then go rock a guaranteed internship in Charlottesville, Richmond, NYC, or the DC area. Best of all, we’ll cover the cost of your training and pay you $2,250 or more, all in 13 weeks this summer.

The Launch program runs May 18th – August 14th.

Applications for Launch 2020 are closed. Check back next fall to apply to Launch 2021!

1) Learn modern, in-demand skills.

Our training program has two parts: Countdown and summer training. Countdown is our part-time (a few hours a week) professional and technical training that occurs during the school year.

Summer training is when you’ll take a deep dive into your skill track during the first 3 weeks of summer (May 18 – June 5). Training won’t feel like being in a classroom: you’ll learn and work in a dynamic environment with a mix of instructor led lectures, hands-on group work, and individual projects all designed to let you learn by doing.

Check out the links below to learn more about each track:

No previous experience is required for the tracks listed above. We also offer Advanced Software Engineering and Advanced Data Science tracks, which do have prerequisites to apply.

2) Jump right into a guaranteed internship.

After summer training, you’ll spend the rest of the summer putting what you learned to use on real projects while interning at a company that matches your skills and interests. During the school year you’ll get to know our company partners and express preferences in available internship opportunities. By the end of spring semester, you’ll be matched with a company and ready to dive into summer training.

We work with both well established tech companies (300+ employees) and up-and-coming startups (10 or fewer employees) in various cities. Their industries range from healthcare to app development to renewable energy and more. Forget getting coffee or making copies — as a Launch intern you’ll be working on real projects to help execute on your company’s mission and goals, and you’ll get paid at least $2,250 for your time this summer.

3) Get a leg up for future jobs.

Our holistic approach to training prepares students for opportunities far beyond this summer’s internship. Past Launch students have:

  1. Gotten full or part-time return offers from their company.
  2. Gone on to intern at companies like Google, Microsoft, Uber, Amazon, Apple, etc. 
  3. Become the leads for HackCville’s semester courses or the instructors for the next summer’s Launch track.
  4. Walked away feeling like they have more clarity about what they want to do and the ability to confidently pursue those goals.

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