Launch Internships

"I'd say it made my learning more relevant by allowing me to get a first-person experience in engineering, and showing me what it's like to be an engineer. "


   Thomas Jefferson High School


The Launch Internship Program is a professional internship program where students gain first-hand experience in a high-interest career. High school students develop skills and gain valuable experience in internships aligned with industry clusters. 

Internships are typically 75-110 hours, around 5-10 hours each week. These hours can be completed virtually, hybrid, or in-person. Students who complete the program successfully may be eligible for fellowship grants (financial incentives) and earn high school credit. Optional no-cost college credit is also available.

Students will be ready to thrive in their internships because of the professionalism training and ongoing coaching that is provided by DPS Navigators. Additionally, Navigators will provide case management services and logistical support to students throughout the program.

If you are a student interested in participating in Launch Internships, please use the Interest Form to be connected with a Navigator. Please note: Not all high schools offer Launch Internships. Contact the Launch Program Manager, for more information- Email Charlene West.


  • Find more information about our program including program dates for the 2023-2024 school year on this flyer.

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Build Your Own Internship

The Build Your Own (BYO) Internship is designed to empower students to take control of their learning and career development by allowing them to create their own internship experiences.

Build Your Own Internship Requirements:

  • Must have completed at least 6 high school credits 

  • Have adequate time in their school/personal schedule to complete 75 hour internship in one semester

  • Be able to complete the program requirements independently or with minimal staff support

Students should contact their high school counselor to begin the Build Your Own Internship process. Questions may be directed to Charlene West, Launch Internship Manager at Additional information is also available on the DPS Commons page.


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