A new website has been launched to bring Nebraska companies and college students together for internships.
Governor Hieneman announces the launch of InternNE.com.
“The response has been extraordinary and we are very, very pleased. And we just want to encourage young people, go out to InterNE.com, this is the opportunity of a lifetime,” Heineman tells a news conference at the Capitol.
So far, $640,000 of the $1.5 million allocated by the legislature has been given to 45 companies, companies from all over, according to Economic Development Director Richard Baier.
“We’re real pleased with the geographic dispersion and in terms of the make-up, we see a nice mix of information technology companies, manufacturing companies as well as some specialty R&D-type companies,” according to Baier.
Baier says he hopes InternNE.com becomes the premier location to publicize paid internships throughout Nebraska.
Some applications for the program are outstanding. Most of the businesses are located in rural Nebraska. Of the qualified businesses, 31 are located in rural Nebraska with 14 in the urban centers. There are about 40 qualified businesses seeking around 124 interns.
College students are encouraged to register on the site and apply directly for any of the internships. The website includes other resources, such as help to write a resume and tips for interviewing.
The Nebraska Internship Program is part of the governor’s Talent and Innovation Initiative, a priority in the 2011 legislative session. The initiative aims at strengthening workforce recruitment and advancing business innovation.