Program Overview

The Specialists Program, launched May 2014, connects college students from around the country with one of six Entrepreneur Centers in Tennessee for 13-15 weeks of fast-paced work supporting startups enrolled in specialized cohort programs designed to guide entrepreneurs and expand the TN entrepreneurial landscape. This year we are adding a new opportunity for students to be paired with one of our Creative Communities Partners running programs for underrepresented populations.

Program Features

  • Work directly with innovative startups
  • First-hand exposure to what it’s like to start and work at an early-stage company
  • Experience in the focus area of your preference (roles vary and can include projects ranging from event  marketing and coordination to business development and customer discovery)
  • See your work produce an outsized and tangible impact
  • Get paid! Part-time Specialists receive a $3,250 stipend, and full-time Specialists receive a $6,500 stipend

Applications for Summer 2017 are closed. Reach out to one of the locations directly to learn about other opportunities.


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FedEx CEO Frederick Smith Joins Speaker Line-up At 36|86 Tech Conference

Logistics and startup maverick joins innovators in venture capital, healthcare technology and mobile app development to speak at 36|86 in Nashville in June

Nashville, Tenn., March 14, 2017 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) is proud to announce that Frederick Smith, Founder and CEO of FedEx, will take the stage at the 36|86 technology conference to talk corporate innovation in a fully connected global economy. FedEx recently launched FedEx Fulfillment, a logistics network that allows … read more