EXPANDING AND STRENGTHENING A NETWORK OF SUSTAINABLE INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS ACROSS ARIZONA INSTITUTIONS EXPANDING AND STRENGTHENING A NETWORK OF SUSTAINABLE INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS ACROSS ARIZONA INSTITUTIONS Through efforts to maximize the Economic impact of STEM, the SFAz Center for STEM has observed among its partner colleges and CTEDs a lack of substantive industry engagement and cooperation. To address the importance of establishing industry partners, the SFAz Center for STEM developed a now proven internship model to help institutions strengthen their industry relationships. Serving a dual purpose, the internship program does not only facilitate the connections and relationships between institutions and companies. It also offers students the opportunity for much needed work-based learning, fueling a pipeline of talent necessary to bridge the ever-widering skills gap. All institutions participate in the Middle Skills Internship Program are advised to implement the model that has proven to not only give the students workplace experience, but also engage companies that recognize the value of their partnership and help sustain their program. Seed funding of $20,000 is to each successful institution to be applied toward (1) an industry coordinator(s) who can effectively match students to companies/internships and (2) stipends for the student interns so as to incentive company representative who may not typically go to a CTED or community college for interns. Funding for the SFAz Center for STEM will Support the staff in their role to conduct a competitive selection process, support and guide the selected CTEDs and community colleges in their implementation of the internship program and soft- skills development workshops for their student interns, foster expansion of the network of institutions, and raise awareness with the community and policy makers of the internship program successes.
|Effective start/end date||12/15/18 → 2/14/20|
- J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation: $227,900.00
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