“Students2Startups really was exactly what I needed to help move the needle, I couldn’t have asked for a better intern. … Thank you for selecting me to participate in this program. You and Invest Atlanta will one day be a big part of my startup story, I am so unspeakably grateful!”

– Terri-Nichelle Bradley, CEO and Founder Brown Toy Box

Program Background

Invest Atlanta and Worksource Atlanta are further developing a tech talent pipeline by subsidizing Atlanta-based students to complete entrepreneurial-focused internships with Atlanta startups. This will support growing startups with funding some of their immediate tech talent needs. After a successful pilot in 2018, our goal in 2019 is to expose 20 Atlanta-based students to entrepreneurship and help meet the talent needs of 20 Atlanta-based startups. 

Students2Startups in its initial year:

  • Hosted 14 students comprising 50% women and 86% people of color.
  • Supported 14 high-growth Atlanta startups including Rented.com, Truststamp, Moquality, and others.
  • Sixty-four percent of participatns continued their internship after the program ended.
  • Two interns were hired as full-time employees as a result of the program.


  • 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 and Worksource Atlanta will subsidize City of Atlanta-based (please see eligibility requirements in FAQs) students to pursue entrepreneurial-focused summer internships and identify program participants and support with professional development opportunities. 
  • Local universities, including Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, Clark Atlanta, Morehouse, Spelman, Emory and SCAD, will promote the opportunity to 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 WorkSource Atlanta will pay 2/3 of the cost:

Invest Atlanta & WorkSource Atlanta $4,200
Participating Startups $2,100
Total $6,300

Program Timeline

Student and Startup Applications Due March 15
Startup Interview #1 March 25-29
Student Interview with Startups (Invitation from Startup) April 10-16



As an Atlanta-based student, what do I need to show to prove my eligibility for Students2Startups? 

Students must be City of Atlanta residents. Offers for the Students2Startups program are contingent on submitting the following documents to approve eligibility in a timely manner. Since we are working with Worksource Atlanta, all students participating in S2S must meet eligibility criteria. You only need one of each of the documents on the right to meet each requirement. For example, you could use a GA drivers license (from right column) to meet three of the requirements on the left. If you have questions on the requirements below, please contact Jacqueline Joyce at jjoyce@AtlantaGA.gov. 

Requirements Documents 
Proof of Social Security Number

- Social Security Card

- W-2 Form

- DD214

- Letter from Social Security Office

Proof of Atlanta Residency

- Driver's License (with Atlanta address)

- Letter from university housing

- Piece of mail address to your address

- Lease / Mortgage

- Utility bill (Water, gas, electricity, cable)

Proof of Age / Date of Birth

- U.S. Passport / Card (expired or unexpired)

- Driver's License

- Government Issued ID

- Birth Certificate

- DD214

Proof of Selective Service

- Selective Service Verification found at: sss.gov

- DD214

- Selective Service request for Registration

- Selective Service Status letter

Proof of Citizenship / 

Authorization to Work

- U.S. Passport / Card (expired or unexpired)

- Driver's License 

- Government Issued ID

- Voter ID

- Your student ID card

Proof of Education

- Your student ID card

- Most recent transcript

Proof of Income - No need to bring documentation with you.
Proof of Family Size - No need to bring documentation with you.

How many students or startups receive the opportunity? 

We launched the program in 2018 with Startup Atlanta and Worksource Atlanta, and based on a successful pilot, we’ll expand the program in 2019. We will place 20 students from a 4-year Atlanta-based school (GSU, Morehouse, Spelman, Clarke-Atlanta, Emory, SCAD, and Georgia Tech). We'll be working to identify 20 startups from across the Atlanta ecosystem to participate.

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 interview directly with the startup company. All program and eligibility documentation will need to be completed and approved prior to the students' start date.

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  lunch and learn series with some of the big players in the Atlanta ecosystem. Additionally, the program will seek out additional opportunities for the student participants where possible.

How involved is Invest Atlanta in the program? 

Invest Atlanta will facilitate the program, providing ongoing professional development opportunities during the program, and initially connect 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’m a student and I haven’t heard back about the program?

When you submit your application, startups will review the student applications and reach out directly to interview students that they are interested in interviewing. Startups will be interviewing students during the week of April 10-16. If you have additional questions, join one of our weekly info calls.

What if I’m a student and I have questions?

We will be hosting weekly online information sessions  and we’d be happy for you to join so that we can answer your questions there. Dates for these sessions are:

  • Monday, February 25 at 11:30a
  • Friday, March 1 at 9am
  • Monday, March 4 at 11:30a
  • Monday, March 11 at 11:30a

Event details to come.

What if I don't get a Students2Startups internship? 

As mentioned, this program is competitive 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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