The state’s “Intern Nebraska” program is just over a month old now and it’s already marking a number of success stories.
Allison Hatch is coordinator of the program that was launched June 1st. Hatch says it connects college students and employers across Nebraska.
“Students, a lot of times, have no idea what types of opportunities are in Nebraska,” Hatch says. “They get into their career path and think that’s it for them. They think they have to go to one of the coasts to find the right job for them. They don’t understand the opportunities that are here in Nebraska, not just in the metro areas but all the way through the rural areas as well.”
Hatch says research shows more than half of interns become full-time employees. The state program reimburses businesses up to 40% of the internship costs, up to $3500. The figure is higher in so-called “distressed areas.”
Hatch says the program lines up interns with a prospective employers.
“The Intern Nebraska program is designed to provide funding assistance for businesses who are bringing Nebraska students to work with them, to create that pipeline between business and the students and keeping them in Nebraska,” she says.
Eligible businesses are primarily in manufacturing, research and development, distribution, transportation, storage, warehousing, data processing, telecommunications and insurance and financial services.
For more information, visit: www.InternNE.com.
Jim Curry, WJAG, Norfork