"There is no straight line to becoming an entrepreneur, but there are things you can do to set yourself up for success. Studying hard and getting good grades is a start, but nothing replaces hands-on experience."
- Entrepreneur Magazine
- Entrepreneur Magazine
Invest Atlanta is building a tech talent pipeline by subsidizing students to complete entrepreneurial-focused internships with Atlanta startups. This will support growing startups with funding some of their immediate tech talent needs. Our initial goal is to expose 70 students to entrepreneurship and help meet the talent needs of 70 startups.
Students will work 35 hours/week at a $15/hour rate. Over 12 weeks, this totals $6,300. Invest Atlanta and participating partners will pay 2/3 of the cost:
|Invest Atlanta & Partners||$4,200|
We're launching the program this year with Startup Exchange and will be placing 2 students from each of the Atlanta-based schools: GSU, Morehouse, Spelman, Clarke-Atlanta, Emory, and Georgia Tech. We'll be working to identify 12 startups from across the Atlanta ecosystem to participate. We've got ambitious plans to scale the program and hope to place 70+ Atlanta-based students into 70+ Atlanta-based startups by 2020, so you'll see our program expand quickly in 2019.
Students and Startups will negotiate the terms of the internship with each other. Generally, the student will be required to work 35 hours per week on site (at the startup's place of work) for a 12 week term. For example, a term of internship could be June (4 weeks), July (4.5), August (4.5) with one week break through the course of the internship. Any difficulty in the schedule should be brought up during the second interview directly with the startup company.
Students2Startups will provide students with professional development opportunities during the program including ChooseATL's After 5 program and a specially curated Startup Atlanta lunch and learn series with some of the big players in the Atlanta ecosystem.
Invest Atlanta will be subsidizing the internships, providing ongoing professional development opportunities during the program, and initially connecting you with Atlanta-based startups to intern with. However, once the internship matches are made, it's important to note that the student is interning with the startup, not Invest Atlanta, so ongoing communication on performance, deliverables, and management will happen with the startups.
STUDENTS: Being a strong entrepreneur doesn't always mean you have the highest GPA but it does mean that you have some of the following skills: creativity, analytical thinking skills, problem solving, curiosity, adaptability and flexibility, technical skills or interest.
STARTUPS: It's important that you show us 1- your ability to commit time to mentoring your student intern, 2- you show a variety of work experiences to the student intern (think exposure to different departments), and that 3- they have the opportunity to own deliverables during their time with your startup.
As mentioned, 2018 will be a competitive year and we don't have the capacity to place all of our strong candidates. If you choose to elect to be eligible for other internships in your application, we can include your resume to be passed along to startup companies looking for interns this summer. They will contact you directly if they wish to move forward with an internship.
Send a note to Noelle London, Assistant Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at email@example.com.