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Ohio MEP High School Internship Program


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Program Timeline:

Student and Company application: Open Now
Internship: May 2018 – December 2018


The Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), under the Ohio Development Services Agency, partners with area high schools and career/technical schools to identify students with an interest in manufacturing, as well as a desire to gain real-world experience. The Ohio MEP High School Internship Program assists manufacturers with their workforce needs, while also teaching students valuable career skills. Last year, 80 percent of interns in the program were employed at the end of their internship.

Financial assistance is available to manufacturers who hire interns through this program. Ohio MEP will reimburse 50 percent of student wages, up to a maximum of $1,500 per student. Requests for reimbursement must be filed by December 30, 2018.

Other general guidelines for manufacturers include:

  • Work with local schools and the Regional MEP partner to select students for internship positions in manufacturing operations
  • Agree to provide a work-based learning experience
  • Complete a Program Employer Agreement with MAGNET, Ohio MEP’s Northeast regional partner, once a student is placed in an internship
  • Submit an Internship Work Activity Log and Internship Program Employer Invoice at the end of the internship

What advantages does having a student intern offer?

  • Contribution to the future of the manufacturing workforce
  • 50 percent reimbursement of student wages (up to $1,500 per student)
  • Address growing workforce needs

What advantages does being a student intern offer?

  • Learn valuable manufacturing skills
  • Gain early career experience
  • Receive compensation for all work

How do I get started?

To apply, contact your local Ohio MEP Partner. Your local partner is based upon the region you are located in.