CENSUS PROCESSING IN PROGRESS
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CENSUS PROCESSING IN PROGRESS
Building on the success of the 2016 Startup Census, Fosterly is preparing to conduct a follow up effort for 2017. Improvements have been made to the survey platform increasing ease of use and reducing the time required to participate. Fosterly has also collaborated with research experts from Virginia Tech to increase the scientific rigor of the 2017 census. The Census report will also be a collaborative effort this year with commentary and analysis provided by some of our region’s leading subject matter experts.
Data collection for the 2017 Fosterly Census has completed. We are currently cleaning and analyzing the data. Findings will be presented first at the VIP Report Release Event on February 21st. Afterwards, the findings will be made available to the community on Fosterly.com.
Special Thanks to Our 2017 Fosterly Census Partners
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Building upon the success of previous years’ Intern Match (we’ve helped over one hundred local startups and entrepreneurial organizations hire many of the region’s best potential interns), Fosterly’s Internship Match Initiative is back.
The Spring 2018 Intern Match is open to all startups and entrepreneurial organizations in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Students are invited to participate from the higher education institutions listed below. Intern Match is (and always will be) free for students. Companies who completed the 2018 #FosterlyCensus can participate for free, while there is a $99 payment for all other organizations.
Students from participating schools, startups, and entrepreneurial organizations from the DC region fill out an online application. Participating organizations in the DC region receive a list of all applicants (with gender and race info redacted) and then contact the applicants they’re interested in via our online system. Discussions and interviews are conducted. Students get hired.* Everyone rejoices.
*Legal mumbo jumbo: Participating organizations are under no obligation to extend internship offer(s) and applicants are not guaranteed internship opportunities.
Applicants and organizations fill out their respective applications. (If you’re an organization that participated in the #FosterlyCensus, your application will be quite quick.) Fosterly representatives and volunteers will conduct a manual review of the received information and will provide both internship applicants and organizations a list of potential matches (along with their associated information) via e-mail. It is then up to the applicants and organizations to connect to schedule an interview and take additional steps if needed.
Intern Match is (and always will be) free to participate for students. Hiring organizations who participated in the 2018 #FosterlyCensus can participate for free. All other organizations can participate for $99 dollars. Unfortunately, it is too late to submit a response for the 2018 #FosterlyCensus.
Nope! While we are providing free access to students and companies that participated in the 2018 #FosterlyCensus, the $99 fee supports the #InternMatch. As such, the $99 fee is non-refundable.
[Puts on lawyer hat.] Please consult your attorney. [Takes off lawyer hat.] Fosterly advocates for fair pay, and as such, we hope you’ll compensate your interns. That said, the U.S. Department of Labor has a six point test for whether you are legally required to pay your interns. Interested in what it says? Take a look here: https://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.htm.
No. Graduate students can participate as well.
There’s been a lot of talk lately about gender and racial bias in hiring (with at least one report saying that when judged anonymously, women outperform men in coding). We’ve devised a method where the initial data review will have a high likelihood of removing gender and racial bias from the initial match. Once a participating organization reached out to a student, true identity would be revealed when the student replies.
Participating students will be asked to omit their name, e-mail address, and social media profiles from their resumes (but not from their online application form). Upon submission, each applicant will be assigned a random and unique applicant ID number. The data that will be provided to participating organizations will have all reasonably identifiable information omitted replaced with the applicant’s ID number, thus forcing them to make decisions based on merit. After participating organizations decide which applicants they want to contact they’ll then submit their contact information in an online form which will automatically send information about the company to the applicant. The applicant will then respond to the organization, thus revealing their true identity. (Trust us, it’s a lot simpler in practice than you might think.)
Nope. Fosterly can only guarantee that your info will be passed along. However, if past Intern Match Initiatives serve as a benchmark, many participants will receive multiple offers and many organizations will make offers.
Nope. Fosterly can only guarantee that your info will be passed along. However, if past Intern Match Initiatives serve as a benchmark, many participants will receive multiple offers.
We would love to onboard your school. Please have a faculty member or administrator contact Fosterly via e-mail at InternMatch@fosterly.com.
Yes, please do. Head over to the e-mail InternMatch@fosterly.com to let us know if your status changes and we’ll remove your info from the applicant pool.
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Fosterly is a community of entrepreneurs, creators, creatives, and collaborators, all working together to tackle new challenges in business and technology. We connect our members with resources, events, and opportunities, both online and offline.
Since 2011 when Fosterly was comprised of a blog post of local resources and "office hours" open to entrepreneurs at Chinatown Coffee, Fosterly has served as a nexus point for the creative economy and a convener of top influencers in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
We’ve held events and conferences attended by hundreds of speakers, thousands of attendees, and countless organizations and companies. We’ve organized more than two dozen Study Halls, created the first database of startups and entrepreneurs in the region, connected interns with the startups who can hire them through Intern Match, and have helped promote hundreds of other organizations’ events.
We recognize that the nature of business and technology in the startup and creative economies are changing rapidly, and Fosterly's mission is to build a community that spans DC, Maryland, and Virginia that is empowered to succeed.
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