Forge
Partner with Forge for vetted & trained top talent.
Launch finds the next generation of tech builders, trains them in high-demand skills, and places them in demanding internships at awesome startup and tech companies.
Be present at a top university without stepping foot on campus.
Startup and tech employers across the country access highly-skilled tech talent through Launch's internship recruitment and training engine.
We find the best of the best so you don't have to.
11% of our 1,100 applications were accepted in 2021. Our proprietary vetting process identifies students who will excel in high-growth, fast-paced, outcome-driven environments. Through our rigorous vetting process and skills training, we develop a deep understanding of each candidate to help you find the best fit for your company.
200+

company partners since 2016
9.4/10

average intern quality rating from employers
96%

of Launch 2021 partners plan to hire with us again
We train our interns for 160+ hours before they show up at your door.
We built Launch to make interns actually useful. We teach our top students in-demand skills through our proven intensive training program so they're ready to contribute on day 1.

Our skill tracks:
  • Data Science: Advanced predictive analysis and visualization.
  • Software Engineering: Full-stack software development.
  • UX/UI Design: User experience and interface design.
  • Digital Marketing: Full-stack online marketing.

Roughly 85% of our internships were remote due to COVID-19 in Summers 2020 and 2021. Our communication training ensures interns are just as successful remotely as they are in person - so whatever work environment you're currently operating in, Launch interns will be able to jump in without missing a step.

How It Works
There's no risk for you to give Launch a shot: there's absolutely no commitment and no fees until you find interns you'll love.
1
Talk to us about your hiring needs.
We'll assign you an account manager who will collect details about your intern positions, candidate requirements, and your company's culture and mission. We've identified key areas of employer branding that are most important to attract top talent.
2
We introduce you to select candidates. You can either:
  • Tell us who you want to talk to out of our entire pool of candidates.
  • Or, we can do the heavy lifting for you. We'll present you with a short list of candidates already interested in your company. (This is the most popular option.)
3
Payment is easy.
We agree on the hourly rate you'll pay your interns. Then, you pay Forge $600/intern. That's it.
4
Interns arrive for work, remote or in-person.
Our internship period is 9 weeks, full-time, June 13, 2022 to August 12, 2022.
5
Keep working with or hire your interns.
Nearly 4 in 5 of our interns are made return offers each year, either for part-time, contract, or full-time work.
Who runs this program?
Launch is a program of Forge, a 501(c)(3) non-profit school closely partnered with the University of Virginia. We teach critical modern skills to our large, highly-engaged student community of rising tech talent. Our partnerships with top professors, centers of excellence, and student organizations enable us to find and accelerate the best of the best.
How does Forge make money?
Students pay us back for their tuition and placement after their internship. Students love this model, as it enables them to invest in their future while keeping our high-impact training and job experience accessible. Our nonprofit donors enable us to keep tuition drastically less than students' earnings and drastically lower than the cost of comparable programs.
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