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High School Tech Internship 2.0 fosters business-education partnerships

3/7/2022

The Ohio departments of Education and Development invite educational service centers, career centers, schools and districts to join the High School Tech Internship 2.0 pilot program. Education professionals will partner with businesses to apply to this program.

The program is a competitive grant opportunity for Ohio employers to receive reimbursement for creating a recruitment pipeline by hosting high school interns in tech-related roles. The goal of the program is to provide businesses with the tech talent they need while students gain valuable work experience. Interns will perform job duties similar to those of entry-level technology professionals. These duties may focus on software development, data, cloud and IT infrastructure and cybersecurity. 

Education sector partners must submit an intent to participate. This intent form requests:

  • A plan for student recruitment;
  • A plan to host a forum for students and business partners; and
  • Two letters of support from businesses willing to work with the education partner to hire interns.

The Ohio departments of Education and Development will verify the information received in the intent to participate form. The education partner will receive an email once verification is complete. At that point, the education partner should execute the recruitment plan and secure internship opportunities with the business partners. This experience should include an interview for potential student interns with business partners.

More information, including the implementation timeline, is available on the High School Tech Internship webpage. Contact High_School_Tech_Internship@development.ohio.gov with questions.