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Opportunities

Help shape the next generation of innovators.  Join our community of impact-driven educators, technologists, and business experts giving back

Get Involved

Like all entrepreneurs starting out, our students need the support of a community in order to navigate the entrepreneurial process, growing personally and professionally.

Whether you're volunteering for us as a mentor, giving back to new students as an alumni intern, or joining our team of full-time staff, you'll play an integral role in helping our students acheive their goals.

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Full-Time Employment Positions

Summer Program Manager<

Summer Program Manager

Role:

The Summer Program Manager is the on-site administrative leader of the LaunchX summer program. It is a temporary, contract position on-site at our summer program located at:

  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Northwestern University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Summer Program Manager provides high-level oversight and coordination of summer program activities, plus serves as the lead instructor.

The ideal candidate is an individual who is passionate about entrepreneurship education and can operate autonomously and balance strategic importance with quick action. S/he will implement the program, organizing the executive team and interns to deliver the LaunchX summer entrepreneurship program for high school students and support them in starting companies throughout the four-week program.

 

Duration: 

The program runs from:

  • June 16 - July 13 on-site at the University of Michigan (plus prep week June 10 - 14 and training June 3 - 7)
  • June 23 - July 20 on-site at the University of Pennsylvania (plus prep week June 17 - 21 and training June 3 - 14)
  • June 30 - July 27 on-site at Northwestern University  (plus prep week June 24 - 28 and training June 3 - 14)
  • June 9 - July 6, July 14 - August 10 on site at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (plus prep/training June 3 - 7 and prep July 8 - 12)

Preparation will consist of several calls during March - June and on-site training in Boston.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Overseeing student education, activities, and well-being while in the program
  • Preparation and delivery of educational content, including managing the course platform, feedback on course materials, and synthesizing feedback from interns, students, and mentors to key insights and actionable changes
  • Coordinating guest speakers, including communications and classroom support
  • Act as a liaison with the host university regarding logistics and elevated issues
  • Managing the mentor network, including communications, matching with teams, and feedback
  • Organizing and managing logistics of the demo day pitch event
  • Providing guidance and disciplinary support to student teams and interns as necessary
  • Managing the program schedule, including student and intern communication
  • Engaging students and interns in the development of LaunchX marketing content, including blog posts, classroom and event photography, etc.
  • Managing and delegating responsibilities to a small team of interns
  • Provide timely program updates to the Director of Summer Programs 
  • Attend any scheduled conference calls with senior management during the program

 

Requirements:

  • 3-5 years experience in teaching business or entrepreneurship courses, experience in secondary education and/or training preferred
  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree
  • Believe strongly in the potential of high school students
  • Proven people management skills
  • Patience in mediating team and interpersonal challenges
  • Project management skills, including time management, problem-solving, and decision-making
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills as well as presentation/ public speaking skills
  • Ability to lead and inspire a diverse team 
  • Successfully pass a thorough background check
  • Able to analyze data and perform quantitative analyses
  • High technical and computer literacy in using Microsoft Suite and Google Drive
  • Maker experience is a plus (developing or running a maker space and using maker technologies)
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Curriculum Designer

Role: We are a growing team, currently in search of a Curriculum Designer (full-time salaried position with benefits) who will be responsible for collaboratively building upon aspects of our curriculum, primarily taking guidance of the Summer Programs Director to develop updated evaluations, revamp specific lesson plans and slides, guiding the development of a new online course platform, plus managing the materials and usage of the platform across both the summer and after school entrepreneurship programs.

 

The ideal candidate has developed curriculum previously, understands what motivates and engages a variety of types of high schools students, and has worked with entrepreneurship materials or in a startup environment. We are looking for a team player who can help us navigate and adapt to the fast-paced innovations of online education, ensuring our users’ experience is high quality, fun, and relevant.   

 

Duties and Job Responsibilities:

  • Assess content delivery system(s) (online learning management system and communication tools) and determine potential new tool(s) that would best allow for student engagement with course materials given the challenges of remote education, then develop these new system(s) and/or project management the development of a new system, then be in charge of getting all course materials and students onto the new system and able to fully access and engage in the new system, plus troubleshoot challenges
  • Develop lesson plan teaching guides and revamp some entrepreneurial course materials, including ensuring materials are aligned with branding guidelines, updating company examples, and revising some activities
  • Design and develop new materials, including LaunchX Clubs leadership team training materials and advanced course materials for startup teams who continue their companies
  • Design new evaluation tools to be used to measure the success and engagement of students, mentors, etc. and analyze these to determine potential changes in curriculum and other areas of programs
  • Other responsibilities to be determined as one grows in the role, potentially to include additional educational responsibilities such as teaching webinars and summer program sessions, though the role is intended to start as curriculum design and online platform management

 

Requirements:

  • Background in content writing, curriculum or training design development for high school youth
  • Bachelors or Masters Degree
  • Strong communication skills, including written and presentation, primarily with use of visuals (minimal use of text)
  • Believe strongly in the potential of high school students
  • Ability to work effectively across different cultures
  • High technical and computer literacy (Microsoft Suite, Google Drive, Learning Management Systems)
  • Ability to troubleshoot, to make content decisions, and to meet deadlines - there is a lot of content to develop and the person in this role needs to have the capacity to make decisions quickly and run with them
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Summer Internships

These roles are for LaunchX summer program alumni only. 

US work authorization is required to apply and be hired for all 2019 summer internship roles.

Applications are due by February 1.

LaunchX Marketing and Brand image<

Marketing and Brand Intern

Responsibilities:

  • Manage social media—manage online presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram through taking photos and engaging students to participate in content curation
  • Create blog content—develop content and employ additional resources (such as previous and current students) as needed to create posts, determined in collaboration with Marketing Coordinator
  • Photo/ video — cover key events and distill for marketing materials for the website and other marketing channels
  • Cross-functional project and program support—assist with additional event logistics and special projects as needed

Requirements:

  • Goal-oriented, flexible, and creative
  • Strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in design and social media
  • Experience with Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills
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intern at Penn<

Education and Support Intern

There will be three Education and Support interns who will work collaboratively across several responsibilities based on their specific skills to achieve the necessary objectives throughout the summer.

Responsibilities:

  • Support classroom instructors and speakers by sending them reminder and thank you emails, plus assisting them with any preparation and classroom logistics

  • Manage course platform by posting daily course materials, feedback surveys, and homework

  • Analyze course feedback surveys for opportunities to make improvements—in real-time during the session and for future sessions, both within specific courses and in how we approach coaching teams and companies

  • Review and provide feedback to students on submissions to the course platform, such as the team norms document, work plan, market research plan and survey, MVP plans, etc.

  • Make updates to the educational curriculum such as through developing specific case studies or updating slides  

  • Take classroom attendance and ensure students are engaged with classroom materials and following classroom policies; manage and track these policies 

  • Manage mentor network – ensure teams are properly supported by mentor network through setting up mock board times, matching mentors with teams based on industry specializations, and setting up feedback mechanisms

  • Team support – ensure teams are properly supported to be able to prototype, order supplies, are engaging with customers for interviews and user testing, etc.  Ensure teams are also progressing well on an interpersonal basis 

Requirements:

  • Goal-oriented, flexible, and creative

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills

  • Critical thinking skills, analytical,  and insightful

  • Experienced with PowerPoint and Excel

  • Ability to handle disputes and coordinate stakeholders

  • High emotional maturity

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Volunteer Positions

LaunchX mentor volunteer position<

Club Mentor

Role:

While our curriculum and framework guide students through a disciplined process of starting companies, the skill and mindset are not enough to ensure their success. Like all entrepreneurs starting out, they need mentorship and guidance from people with more experience to turn to as they navigate the process.

Our clubs program guides students through the process of launching a startup over the course of the school year. As a club mentor, you’ll meet virtually with small teams of high school cofounders to offer specialized advice and feedback on their company, product, and business strategies.

Commitment:

1 - 3 hours/ month

Duration:

September - April

Qualifications:

Entrepreneur, MBA graduate, engineering/business degree holder, or otherwise qualified professional who has enough startup knowledge to guide teams on how to build a business. If you are a LaunchX alum, you may apply without additional professional experience.

How to apply: Please fill out our mentor application form.

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Mock Board Member

Role:

While our curriculum and framework guide students through a disciplined process of starting companies, the skill and mindset are not enough to ensure their success. Like all entrepreneurs starting out, they need mentorship and guidance from people with more experience to turn to as they navigate the process.

As part of our summer program, we simulate a rigorous board room experience in which students are required to present their startup companies and seek feedback. As a member of this mock board, your role will be to provide honest and actionable advice and feedback to student cofounder teams, based on specific milestones and deliverables that students are expected to meet as part of our curriculum.

Commitment:

2-3 hours / week for 4 weeks

Duration and Location:

  • Penn (Philadelphia): June 12 - July 7
  • Northwestern (Chicago): July 5 - August 2
  • UT (Austin): July 11 - August 3
  • MIT (Boston): July 18 - August 10

Qualifications: 

Entrepreneur, MBA graduate, engineering/business degree holder, or otherwise qualified professional who has business and startup knowledge to guide teams on how to build their companies.

How to apply: Please fill out our application form.

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