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Summer Intern Program

Launch Tennessee provides connections.

Summer Intern Program

Launch Tennessee provides connections.

Applications are closed for the 2024 Summer Intern Program

To date, more than 320 undergraduate and graduate students have participated in Tennessee’s startup community via the LaunchTN paid Summer Intern Program (launched in 2014). Our interns work in high-growth startups, venture capital firms, or regional entrepreneur centers in the state.

Student Details

Are you looking for a paid opportunity to make an impact this summer?

LaunchTN Summer Intern Program alumni consistently share that their experiences and the relationships they built proved memorable, enjoyable, and highly relevant in pursuing innovative career paths.

There are three different tracks for students to consider: 


The Launch Tennessee Intern Program offers three different tracks — Startup, Ecosystem Builder, and Venture Capital — to provide interns with hands-on experience in their chosen field.


 Work at a high-growth or innovative Tennessee based company.

  • Startups are innovative companies that seek to offer unique products and services, and they’re often thought of as “disruptors” in their markets. Read this article to learn more about what a startup is. 

Ecosystem Builder

Work at a regional entrepreneur center that helps founders get their businesses started.

  • Regional Entrepreneur Centers (RECs) are designed to be hubs for entrepreneurs, creators, and organizations in their communities. They provide support and resources to foster growth, connection, and collaboration. LaunchTN partners with eight different RECs. Learn more about them here

Venture Capital

Work at a VC firm that supports and invests in startups. 

  • Venture Capital investors provide young companies with capital (funds) in exchange for equity (an ownership stake). Read this article to learn more about what a VC is. 

Internship Details

  • Receive up to a $7,200 stipend for the 12-14 week program.
  • Participate from May to August 2024, with flexible start and end dates to accommodate student schedules and company preferences.
  • Report directly to a supervisor at the host company.
  • Have access to mentors and advisors in addition to a supervisor.
  • Participate in a LaunchTN onboarding event, professional development events, and  a Summer Summit.


  • Currently enrolled college student (including in doctoral or master’s program) or recent graduate (no earlier than December 2023)
  • Ability to reside in Tennessee during the internship (some remote internships available)
  • Interested in entrepreneurship and working in a flexible, ever-changing environment
  • Curious and adaptable
  • A strong communicator
  • Interested in entrepreneurship and innovation, startups, startup ecosystems, equity investing, and/or technology


We invite Tennessee-located startup companies, VCs, and entrepreneur centers to apply to host a summer intern.

LaunchTN will facilitate intern recruitment, support onboarding, and in many cases share the cost of the student stipend (dependent on host company ability to pay, as determined through application process). Interns have access to LaunchTN-hosted networking and professional development opportunities throughout the summer.

Feedback from host companies is very positive, and many even end up extending their engagements with their interns (some have even ended up hiring their interns, stating that the program provided a great means for testing skills prior to making a permanent hiring decision).

Program Details

  • Host companies may choose from LaunchTN’s applicant pool or suggest student candidates they identify on their own.
  • Interns work a full-time schedule (40 hours/week) over a 12-14 week period (depending on students’ school schedules).
  • Host companies are not guaranteed an intern. Successful placements require mutual interest from the company and the intern applicant, as well as adherence to the timeline and program requirements.
  • Host companies are responsible for intern payment throughout the duration of the internship period. LaunchTN will supplement up to 60% of the stipend (amount determined through review of information provided in application).  
  • Host companies may apply for more than one intern on a single application, as long as they fill out the requested description information for each position. 


  • Program promotion to recruit student applicants
  • Applicant screening
  • Selected candidate information packets provided to host companies
  • Intern management plans, as needed, created in conjunction with host companies
  • Student contracts
  • Networking and learning events for interns
  • Social media platforms and other opportunities for alumni and current participants to connect
  • Education for interns on resources in the startup community
  • Exit surveys and program data


  • Define a specific project or general scope of work for the intern position and create a management plan.
  • Participate in the interview process:
    • LaunchTN conducts the initial review of applications.
    • LaunchTN matches candidates with companies and shares student applications via airtable.
    • Host companies reach out to candidates and conduct interviews.
    • Host companies extend offers to selected candidate(s), and once accepted notify LaunchTN.
  • Assign a supervisor for the intern who will conduct weekly (minimum) check-ins.
  • Identify a mentor/advisor for the intern (other than the supervisor).
  • Provide a portion of total $7,200 stipend, as agreed upon with LaunchTN as a part of the host company application process. 


  • A Tennessee-located startup, entrepreneur center, or venture capital firm
  • Clear and meaningful internship scope of work for potential intern

Past Host Companies

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