Ohio to Award $11 Million for Internship/Co-Op Programs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (2012-09-12) — 

COLUMBUS, OH – Sept. 12, 2012– An $11 million state investment will be made to award business and education partners that enhance learning opportunities for students in Ohio through co-ops and internships.

The investment is part of Governor John Kasich’s workforce development efforts to continue to align Ohio’s higher education curriculum with skills that are in demand by Ohio’s businesses.

“Through this investment, we can provide the opportunity for Ohio employers to benefit from the talents of Ohio’s college and career technical students through an extensive experiential learning system,” said Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro. “And students will get valuable internship or co-op experience to put on their resume.”

Funding will be awarded to public and private Ohio institutions of higher education. Undergraduate programs will be required to match 100 percent and graduate programs will be required to match 150 percent of the awarded grant. The match can come from the institutions themselves or from any of their partners, including businesses.  A mix of both business and educational institution contributions toward the match is preferred. Lead applicants must partner with businesses from the following JobsOhio target industries  – biohealth, energy, automotive, advanced manufacturing, polymers, aerospace/aviation, food processing, financial services (banking and insurance), information technology and consumer goods.

Public and private Ohio institutions of higher education seeking to receive a portion of the $11 million will submit applications to the Ohio Board of Regents, where they will be reviewed as outlined in the Ohio Means Internships & Co-ops Request for Proposals. The RFP can be found at https://www.ohiohighered.org/sites/ohiohighered.org/files/uploads/rfp/OhioMeansInternships_Co-ops_RFP_%209-12-2012.pdf.


“We will be seeking plans that make a direct and positive impact on Ohio’s economy,” Petro said. The goal is for a complete review and approval process to take place in time for programs to commence as early as January 2013.

For more information on the RFP process, log on to www.ohiohighered.org/grants.



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