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.
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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.
company partners since 2016
average intern quality rating from employers
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.
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.
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.
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.)
Payment is easy.
We agree on the hourly rate you'll pay your interns. Then, you pay Forge $600/intern. That's it.
Interns arrive for work, remote or in-person.
Our internship period is 9 weeks, full-time, June 13, 2022 to August 12, 2022.
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.
Our Partners Love Us
"[Our intern] is frickin KILLER. He is as good as you said he would be. This kid is whip smart and picking concepts up really, really quickly. There's world-changing product just around the corner."
Oliver Beavers, Trivium Financial
I've found both of our interns to be both incredibly motivated and motivating. The pace of work is impressive.
Tara Faust, Maternity Neighborhood
Our three interns are AWESOME. The output for the short amount of time they've had is incredible. I love them.
Derek Mansfield, Local Food Entrepreneur
Alex has been doing great. He's been critical in a couple client presentations we've done recently and has really busted his butt all summer. We've been very happy with his work.
Rich Holohan, Logistics Capital and Strategy
Leonardo made significant contributions to the growth of the LawIQ marketing funcation, in just 9 weeks, he helped create and launch two campaings, lead a company-wide brand evaluation, developed an analytics dashboard to integrate performace metrics, and provided critical support to marketing automation software implementation.
Craig Heilman, LawIQ
Lauren has been doing a great job. She's done some amazing research for us and I have been impressed with her initiative. Honestly, I have nothing but good things to say about Lauren so far. Not 100% if y'all give out gold stars, but she deserves one.
Jake Ellenburg, X-Mode Social
We have very high standards when it comes to both work ethic and produced work. I rarely find anyone that I feel comfortable letting take on a project independently, in place of me. However, after working with Emmet, I think that his knowledge, attention to detail, thoroughness, and dedication to producing a high quality product have made letting him fully take on projects easy.
Chastity Lacy, UVA Community Credit Union
The Analytics team has already benefitted from having Peter join the squad and he is barely two weeks in!
Emily McCracken, AllyAlign Health
Emily has been a fantastic addition to our team this summer. I can't even begin to count the number of times she's taken initiative to provide helpful insight, suggest a solution or even execute on an idea or concept.
Christopher Houston, X-Mode Social
Wynne is really picking up things well. I've got her in the weeds on a ton of stuff I would not have expected her to get up to speed on at this point in the summer. She's been communicative, and almost inconveniently quick at getting her work done.
Alex H, Thinking With Tools
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About Forge (formerly HackCville)
Forge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that prepares students with the modern skills they need to make an impact in the world. Each year, over 1,000 students learn things like design, marketing, and data science through our fun, engaging, community-driven projects and programs. We strive to empower students to realize their own potential while creating opportunities for them to make an impact for good.
In turn, we provide talent to 200+ tech companies, startups, and nonprofits across the country. Our home is our clubhouse near the University of Virginia, but our broader network of 2,000+ spans the globe. More about us →