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FoundersForge and ETSU Offer Internship Opportunities to Talented Students | Sunday stories

JOHNSON CITY — FoundersForge, a local nonprofit dedicated to disadvantaged entrepreneurs, and East Tennessee State University are partnering to provide a unique opportunity for students looking to gain valuable experience at innovative regional startups without having to compete with big companies this spring.

The ETSU Startup Internship Fair, hosted by FoundersForge, will be held Thursday, April 7 from 6-8 p.m. at the Martha Street Culp Auditorium. The event is designed to ensure local talent and local businesses grow together, providing new opportunities for innovation and regional growth.

At the ETSU Startup Internship Fair, students will have access to a wealth of paid and unpaid opportunities for the summer in marketing, software development, accounting/finance, video production, and more.

This opportunity helps startups find amazing local talent to grow their business, and maybe even find the next (or first) full-time employee for their company.

Students gain experience. Gaining practical work experience can be more valuable to employers than degrees. Working with a startup can help students pursue work that really matters, gain real-life experience, explore areas of interest, and open doors to future job opportunities.

Startups are gaining momentum. Large job fairs are often a challenge for small businesses looking to hire great talent. Competing with bigger name companies means they sometimes miss out on the best candidates. But with the ETSU Startup Internship Fair, underdog entrepreneurs can share their mission with local students to find passionate, high-potential candidates and build their capacity to do more.

Learn more about FoundersForge at

Rodney N.

The author Rodney N.