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The Specialists Program Details

Program History
Over the past three summers, 81 students, representing universities from across the country, have worked in Tennessee’s entrepreneur centers. Students worked on different projects for the entrepreneur center leadership team, board, staff and clients. Several of the specialist alumni have stayed engaged in Tennessee’s ecosystem and have gone on to work full-time at an entrepreneur center or startup company.


How can you get involved?
Summer Program
First, look at your availability and school schedule, decide whether you can dedicate 13-14 weeks this summer to work with an entrepreneurial program in Tennessee. Second, decide which location or program you are interested in being considered for. Third, apply!

What are the details?
The summer program is full-time (40 hours per week) lasting 13-14 weeks depending on the schedules of your school and the entrepreneurship center. This is a paid position where specialists are paid a stipend twice a month.

Students will report directly to their respective Entrepreneurship Center or assigned location daily and are asked to attend the 36|86 conference where they will work with the LaunchTN team.

Where might a Specialists work?
With an Entrepreneur Center in the LTN network: EC’s serve Tennessee’s entrepreneurs in a variety of ways, including supporting specific programs like an accelerator, hands-on experience with startup companies and supporting day-to-day operations. Job functions vary in each location and the structure is set up by each respective entrepreneurship center.

– Nashville Entrepreneur Center (Nashville, TN)
– Memphis EpiCenter (Memphis, TN)
– theCO (Jackson, TN)
– BizFoundry (Cookeville, TN)
– Co.Lab (Chattanooga, TN)
– Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (Knoxville, TN)

With a Creative Community Partner: New this year!
LaunchTN launched the Creative Communities (CC) initiative this year, providing funds and programmatic support for organizations interested in serving rural communities and underrepresented populations through entrepreneurial programming. Each Specialist will be placed with a CC Partner in full-time positions for 13-15 weeks during the summer and will be assigned a project with certain set goals to complete during the course of the internship. LaunchTN has selected one CC Partner per region: Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Coffee and Moore Counties and Crossroads Downtown Partnership. If you are interested in helping cultivate innovation in rural communities, this is the internship for you!

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

Questions? Contact Brittany Burgess at brittany@launchtn.org.

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