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Ohio MEP High School Internship Program

By January 26, 2021 No Comments

TechSolve, the Manufacturing Externship Partnership (MEP) center for Southwest Ohio, and the Ohio Development Services Agency are partnering with area high schools and career/technical schools to identify students with an interest in manufacturing, as well as a desire to gain real-world manufacturing experience. The Ohio MEP High School Internship Program assists manufacturers with their workforce needs, while also providing students valuable career skills.

Last year, 80 percent of interns in this program across Ohio were offered full-time employment at the end of the internship.

Financial assistance is available to manufacturers who hire interns through this program. Ohio MEP will reimburse 50 percent of student wages, up to a maximum of $1,500 per student.

Manufacturers that host interns between June 1, 2020 and Sept. 30, 2021 are eligible.

General Guidelines

  • Regional MEP partners work with local schools to identify student candidates for internship positions with local manufacturers.
  • Manufacturers agree to provide a paid work-based learning experience.
  • Manufacturers complete a Program Employer Agreement with MAGNET, Ohio MEP’s Northeast regional partner, once a student is placed in an internship.
  • Manufacturers submit an Internship Work Activity Log and Internship Program Employer Invoice at the end of the internship to support reimbursement.

Manufacturer: What are advantages of having a student intern?

  • Contribute to shaping the future manufacturing workforce.
  • Exposure to the younger workforce while addressing the need for skilled workers.
  • 50 percent reimbursement of student wages, up to $1,500 per student.

Student: What are advantages of being a manufacturing student intern?

  • Learn valuable manufacturing skills from a real-world local job.
  • Gain early career experience to shape your career path.
  • Exposure to local manufacturing environment while being paid.

How do I get started?

Enrollment is open and TecSolve has 25 spots remaining for manufacturers in Southwest Ohio. For more information and to apply, contact TechSolve’s Grant Program Manager, Traci Spencer at spencer@techsolve.org