Our programs help you discover and develop your talents.
Launch Internship Program
Launch is a 12-week summer internship program that is accessible from anywhere! Program participants jump into 3 weeks of skills training in software engineering, digital marketing, or data science before being matched with an exciting, high-impact, 9-week paid internship with one of Forge's company partners.
Every semester, Forge's student leadership team runs programming that provides social and professional opportunities for students out of our clubhouse in Charlottesville, VA. Check out semester courses to explore a new topic in a fun and low-stakes environment, join the Impact team to work on projects for local non-profits, attend social events, and more.
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I love the endless amount of resources and guidance Forge offers. From having members or staff take 5 minutes to sit down and talk to me, to endless workshops throughout the semester, to the random email and text messages - everyone genuinely cares about one another.
I cried when I got my offer letter to join ENSCO. Forge helped land my career. I successfully went from serving tables to engineering Machine Learning Algorithms, and the education at Forge had a huge part to play in giving me the skills to do that. Words can't express how grateful I am for you all saying yes to my Launch Application. Please know that you've helped change my life, and I owe everyone at Forge a big thank you for all that you've done to help me get to where I am today. Keep changing lives, you guys rock!
The network of motivated people is unlike anything else at UVA. You can always find someone interested in something new and exciting which is inspirational and can come in handy.
Forge provides a space to explore oneself in a number of ways, and the community of people loves to embrace newcomers and help them grow. I have felt the skills I have learned through Forge are invaluable as I prepare for the real world.
Forge opened me to a whole new way of thinking about myself, my skills, and my career goals. It also introduced and exposed me to a whole new group of insanely talented, driven, and inspriring people that have supported me and provided me with amazing opportunities.
Forge is a unique, vibrant community where people come from various starting points to learn to become better problem-solvers and future change makers. There is no place like it here in Charlottesville and it is increasingly becoming an integral part of the college experience for its members.
My favorite part about Forge is getting to know everyone in my class and in the overall community. It is unique to find a collection of such innovative and motivated people. The resources offered by Forge for any sort of project you may want to embark on are extremely useful, especially for those who have limited experience in entrepreneurship.
I love the energy and creativity that Forge members have. Everybody seems motivated to make a difference in their community, and they all seem to have fun doing it.
Forge is one of the biggest reasons why I say I love UVA. The mentorship and advice it has offered me has been unparalleled to anything else I've ever taken. The community is both incredibly driven and passionate about everything they do.
My favorite part about Forge is the connections; I felt like my New York dreams were so much closer than before having connected with Forge. They have such an elaborate network and so many people with different skill sets willing and able to help me think about internships, jobs, etc...I felt like I had a group of people I could ask to help me try something new or go somewhere new.
College Recruiter at Google
[Forge] is an incredible institution and like nothing else at any university we work with.
Forge Alum, UVA '19
Forge 100% prepared me for my career in a way my university couldn't. At Forge, I was able to see people pursuing non-traditional careers and that encouraged me to step off of the linear path that had been laid out for me in business school. I was given courage, confidence, and an incredible opportunity to learn by example.
Managing Director, S&P Global
Our interns were outstanding, delivering real value to the business and interacting with senior stakeholders, displaying maturity and skill beyond a typical college student or junior employee.
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About Forge (formerly HackCville)
Forge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that prepares students with the modern skills they need to make an impact in the world. Each year, over 1,000 students learn things like design, marketing, and data science through our fun, engaging, community-driven projects and programs. We strive to empower students to realize their own potential while creating opportunities for them to make an impact for good.
In turn, we provide talent to 200+ tech companies, startups, and nonprofits across the country. Our home is our clubhouse near the University of Virginia, but our broader network of 2,000+ spans the globe. More about us →