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LaunchTN Summer Internship Program

More than 150 undergraduate and graduate students have participated to-date in Tennessee’s startup community via paid seasonal positions. Our interns work at one of our statewide partner Entrepreneur Centers or select high-growth startups located across Tennessee. 

Oct. 7, 2019 – Feb. 14, 2020 Internship Program applications open
Nov. 15, 2019 Request forms from companies due to LaunchTN
*Late requests will not be accepted*
Dec. 2, 2019 LaunchTN announces intern host companies
Feb. 14, 2020  Student applications due
Jan. 7 – Feb. 28 LaunchTN reviews applications on a rolling basis
and schedules
phone interviews with select candidates
Feb. 28 – March 27 LaunchTN matches candidates with selected host companies;
host companies conduct interviews with candidates
March 2 – 26 Host companies schedule interviews from candidates’ packets
(if desired and another candidate has not already been identified)
March 26 Intern selection due from host companies
March 27 – April 3 Offers extended to candidates
May – August  Internship program in progress
June 2020 Intern event in Nashville (date TBD)


Internship period: May/June – July/August
(flexible based upon student and host company schedules; suggested length is 12-13 weeks).


The LaunchTN Summer Internship Program gives students an opportunity to work with a growing startup or ecosystem builder in Tennessee. Our alumni consistently share that the diverse experiences and relationships they develop in the summer program are memorable, enjoyable, and highly relevant to anyone pursuing an entrepreneurial path.

Internship details:

  • Receive a stipend, paid bi-weekly, totaling $6,500 for the 12-13 week program
  • Participate in the program from May to August 2020, with flexible start and end dates depending on student schedules and company preferences
  • Report directly to a supervisor at the company or entrepreneur center 
  • Have access to a mentor(s) or advisor(s) in addition to their assigned supervisor 
  • Participate in a LaunchTN onboarding event, join professional development event, and have the opportunity to do an “intern-swap day” with a student in their cohort

Student eligibility:

  • Currently enrolled as a college student (including in doctoral or master’s programs) or recent graduate (no earlier than December 2019)
  • Able to locate in Tennessee for the internship term 
  • Interested in entrepreneurship and working in a flexible, ever-changing environment 
  • Able to hustle and problem-solve on the fly 
  • Curious and adaptable
  • A strong communicator
  • Interested in startups, startup ecosystems, and technology

Apply by Feb. 14 to participate in the 2020 LaunchTN Summer Internship Program.

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Host companies

We invite Tennessee startup companies and Entrepreneur Centers to apply to host a summer intern in 2020. LaunchTN will provide intern recruitment, onboarding support, and administrative assistance, and we will share costs for the student stipend. For our students, we’ll provide networking opportunities with program alumni, leading Tennessee founders, and fellow interns.

  • A Tennessee startup company or Entrepreneur Center
  • Majority-based in Tennessee and remain in the state through the summer 2020 internship term
  • Program promotion to recruit student applicants 
  • Applicant screening
  • Selected candidate-information packets to host companies
  • Intern management plans, as needed, in conjunction with host companies 
  • Student contracts and payroll 
  • Networking and learning events for interns
  • Social media platforms and other opportunities for alumni and current participants to connect with one another
  • 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
      1. LaunchTN conducts the initial review of applications and phone interviews
      2. LaunchTN matches candidates with companies and shares application packets with selected host companies for review
      3. Host companies select candidates and conduct interviews
      4. Host companies notify LaunchTN of their top candidates
      5. Host companies or LaunchTN extend offers to selected candidates in early April 2020
  • Assign a supervisor for the intern and ensure weekly check-ins 
  • Identify a mentor for the intern (other than the supervisor) 
  • Provide $2,000 of total stipend ($6,500)
  • Host companies may recruit their own student candidates and are not required to select from LaunchTN’s applicant pool 
  • Interns will be on a full-time schedule (40 hours/week) over a 12- to 13-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, as well as adherence to the timeline.

Host company applications for the 2020 LaunchTN Summer Internship Program are now closed.

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