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During LaunchPad, I had a mentor, not a teacher. I learned how to create my own deadlines and tasks for myself and to look past day one to create a plan.” –Jiwoo Hyun '21

LaunchPad is a two-week, real-world experience where our students step off-campus and work in an environment that speaks to their passions or professional, vocational, or academic curiosities. As an evolution of UPrep’s Senior Project, students fulfill this graduation requirement during junior or senior year.

LaunchPad often provides students valuable networking opportunities, as they can connect with professionals, many times UPrep alums, in their field of interest. This can lead to future job opportunities or mentorship relationships that can support their career development.

In addition to the technical skills gained, LaunchPad helps students develop important soft skills such as communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and time management. They learn to navigate professional environments, adapt to workplace expectations, and build professional relationships.