"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

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.


  • Startups have short-term tech talent needs as they scale, but they are cash poor.
  • Entrepreneurship requires experiential learning and students have few connections that transcend academia into the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. Therefore, students may be less likely to remain in Atlanta upon graduation.
  • Startups tend to provide volunteer-based positions, which can create a barrier to entry for students lacking resources or from underrepresented backgrounds.


  • Invest Atlanta will subsidize students to pursue entrepreneurial-focused summer internships and identify program participants and support with ongoing program management. 
  • Local universities, including Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, Clark Atlanta, Morehouse, Spelman, Emory and others, will nominate students from each school who are high performing and show entrepreneurial potential. 
  • Startups will commit to provide mentorship and create work plan with substantive and varied work to expose students to various tech-related careers.
  • Students will commit to 35 hours/week in the program and should display entrepreneurial values such as creativity, analytical thinking, problem-solving, curiosity, adaptability and flexibility, technical skills or interest. 

Costs for 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
Participating Startups $2,100
Total $6,300




How many students or startups receive the opportunity? 

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.

What are the terms of the internship? 

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. 

What are the additional programming opportunities available for students during the program? 

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. 

How involved is Invest Atlanta in the program? 

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. 

How should I prepare my application? 

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. 

What if I don't get a Students2Startups internship? 

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. 

Want to learn more or have a specific question? 

Send a note to Noelle London, Assistant Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at nlondon@investatlanta.com. 

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