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Ohio Means Internships & Co-ops - Employers

The goal of the Ohio Means Internships & Co-ops plan is to widen the pipeline of talent in Southern Ohio through an enhanced supply of interns and co-ops to businesses operating in strategically selected industry clusters.

Perhaps the most innovative feature of the plan is the use of two targeted Interview Days.  During one or both of our Interview days you can interview students from all partner institutions through one simple process and at one centralized location.  This level of cooperation and ease of use to the employer is groundbreaking so we hope you will all want to participate. 

Sign up to participate in the multi institutional Interview Day.

But the main use of grant funding is to provide student scholarships.  The grant stimulates the growth of co-op and internship programs through $1,500 scholarships for part-time and $3,000 scholarships for full time placements. The requirement is that the work be paid and hosted by an employer new to the program

The jobs are required to be new, which is defined as either a job offered by an employer who a) has no history of participating in a college specific co-op or internship program since 2008, or b) who creates a net increase of positions during a given semester compared to a predetermined baseline. Once your student has completed his/her scholarship application and you have verified the match, the scholarship committee will be charged with determining if the position fits the requirement of a new position.

For students to qualify for a scholarship, the employer must provide at least 100% match to the scholarship itself.  Student salaries and employer hiring and supervision costs are considered matching funds for the purposes of the grant.  Of course, attracting the best and brightest is still the ultimate goal therefore employers are encouraged to take competition for talent into consideration when determining their match.

To verify student eligibility for a Ohio Means Internships & Co-ops Scholarship click here.