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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 three targeted Interview Days.  During all 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 employer incentives.  The grant stimulates the growth of co-op and internship programs through Rewarding new or reengaging companies up to $3,000 for hiring a student where qualified. 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 has no history of participating in a college specific co-op or internship program or hasn’t hired since 2011.  

For employers to qualify for an incentive, the employer must provide at least 100% match to the incentive 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.

Verify employer incentive eligibility for Ohio Means Internships & Co-ops Employer Incentive.

If this program is of interest and to learn how to qualify please contact Felicia Eschenlohr at Felicia.Eschenlohr@uc.edu

The State of Ohio supports a database website to help students and employers connect.  This website is great resource to sort by jobs and location.  The OhioMeansJobs link is: