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Diversity & Inclusion Technology Internship Program

Key Dates

  • Company applications accepted: July 26 - August 27, 2021
  • Student applications open: August 16 ,2021
  • Internships effective: November 1, 2021 - April 30, 2022

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Diversity_inclusion_internship
@development.ohio.gov

(614) 752-4832

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Overview

The Diversity & Inclusion Technology Internship Program is a great opportunity to work at some of Ohio's most innovative companies! These paid internships give college students great experience in business and entrepreneurship, while companies get great young, diverse talent to help them compete and grow.

If you are a Company

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This is your chance to get some great, diverse young talent to work on any number of interesting projects! We'll reimburse two-thirds of the intern's wages up to $7,500. You can be a technology company or simply a company with a technological need.

Companies do need to provide a meaningful internship experience, must have non-residential work space, and must hire interns as employees (W-2). You can hire as many as four (4) interns for different positions. The minimum wage for interns is $15 per hour but can exceed that amount.

If you are a College Student

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If you're interested in technology, this is a great chance to build up your resume and get experience with companies on the cutting-edge! You can be studying in any area, from STEM to business, communications, marketing and design. These are paid internships with a minimum of $15 an hour but you can negotiate for more, and we'll connect you with the companies.

You must be an Ohio resident attending college anywhere in the United States, or a non-Ohio resident attending school in Ohio. We're encouraging diverse students to take advantage of this great opportunity! International students attending schools and universities in Ohio are welcome, provided they can show proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. and have a valid visa.

Frequently asked questions

Click the sections below to read frequently asked questions about the Diversity & Inclusion Technology Internship Program.

What is the first day I can apply for the Internship?

  • Twice a year we open applications for businesses and students, visit the program’s webpage to find out more information or to sign-up to be notified when the applications open: TechIntern.Development.Ohio.gov.
  • The Summer Internship Round company applications open in January and student applications open in February. The Fall & Spring Internship company applications open in August and student applications open in September.

How do I know if my company will qualify for this grant program?

  • To be eligible for the D&I Tech Internship program grant, businesses must be a technology company or a company with a technological need.
  • Companies do need to provide a meaningful internship experience, must have non-residential workspace, or professional remote experience. The companies must hire interns as employees (W-2). You can hire up to  four (4).

What Company Name should I use?

  • Applicants should use /enter the name of the company exactly as it is registered with the Ohio Secretary of State. Should you need to look up the company’s registration:  BusinessSearch.OhioSOS.gov
  • A company may run the risk of not receiving reimbursement funds in a timely manner should you submit an incorrect name.

How does the matching process work?  How do I receive students to interview? Can I provide my own applicants?

  • To ensure our agency’s goals for the program, we use a semi-blind matching system, where we match your open position with a student applicant.  Once matched, the company will review the applicant’s resume and decide whether to interview/hire the intern.
  • We will send you an email with student candidates that best match what you have entered for your intern positions description, major, previous experience, and your business location (city).
  • A company should not expect to be matched with specific applicants.

What are some location options during COVID-19?

  • We have added the professional remote work option for this time to accommodate for the current conditions for both the companies and students.

How do I get more students to interview if the ones I received did not fit?


Why should I hire an intern?

  • Free up staff to work on high-level strategic tasks by taking advantage of quick learning students who innately understand the latest technologies and the desires of future consumers.
  • Create your future pipeline of talented diverse employees.
  • Help students explore career pathways for future career success.
  • An internship will give a student a competitive edge when applying for advanced college admission and full-time employment.
  • Provide students the opportunity to pay for college tuition and learn money management skills as they earn a wage for their hard work.

How do I participate?

  • Complete the company profile and up to three intern position applications.
    • The position applications will give us a better indication of the skills and areas of study you feel will best fit your company’s intern position.
  • After your application has been submitted, we will send you a confirmation of your submitted application.
  • Then the matching process will begin once the student application window is closed, which is typically around 3-4 weeks after the company applications close.
  • After the student application window closes, we will begin matching your positions with students who meet or closely meet your position applications.
  • We typically try to give the companies about 2-3 students for every position.
  • The company will be notified about the match by email from our D&I email box, the email will contain:
    • The students name
    • Their email address
    • Their phone number
    • Their resumes will be in a single PDF attachment
  • You should then complete your company’s normal interview and hiring processes.
  • Once you have selected a student to hire, notify the D&I email box with the following specifics:
    • The student names
    • Their hourly pay rate (min $15.00 / hr)
    • Their expected start dates
  • DSA will begin drafting a grant agreement so the hourly wages can be reimbursed.
  • Company will sign and send the agreement back to DSA for final approval.

Can I hire the student as a contractor or 1099 employee?

  • No, the students wages are only reimbursable to the company if the internship is a W2 employee.

How much am I reimbursed for each intern’s wage?

  • You will receive 2/3 of each intern’s wage up to  $7,500

When am I able to submit requests for reimbursement?

  • Every month that the intern is working you may submit a reimbursement request. Or you can wait until the last month of the internship and submit one invoice. The documentation should contain the following:
    • The student names
    • Their hourly pay rate (min $15.00 / hr)
    • Their hours worked each week
    • The dates worked
    • Supporting documentation such as a payroll report

How do I request reimbursement?

  • Reimbursement will be requested through our online invoicing tool. 

NOTE: Detailed instructions will be emailed to you upon execution of a grant agreement.
The website to create an OH|ID is not working. When will it be available?

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  • Some users may experience issues when they utilize Internet Explorer and Firefox.

When I sign on, it will not allow me to proceed with the application because it says"Single Sign on Error. Contact your Salesforce admin for help.” Who is my Salesforce admin?

  • This issue is most prominent when the applicant is using Firefox.
  • If applicants are using another browser and encounter this issue, they should clear their cache and browsing history to resolve.
  • If issues persist email: Diversity_Inclusion_Internship@Development.Ohio.gov

Are there any reporting requirements?

  • Yes, you will submit a report with your final reimbursement request.  The report is submitted through the online invoicing tool and contains a brief survey of your experience with the program. 

What is the first day I can apply for the Internship?

  • Twice a year we open applications for businesses and students, visit the program’s webpage to find out more information or to sign-up to be notified when the applications open: TechIntern.Development.Ohio.gov.
  • The Summer Internship Round Company applications open in January and Student applications open in February. The Fall & Spring Internship Company applications open in August and Student applications open in September.

What kind of students can apply?

  • Students of all ethnic backgrounds or heritages may apply.
  • Students must be Ohio residents attending (currently enrolled) college anywhere in the United States, or a non-Ohio resident attending (currently enrolled) school in Ohio.
  • International students attending schools and universities in Ohio are welcome, provided they can show proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. and have a valid visa.
  • Students studying any major can apply.

Does my resume / CV need to be in a certain format?

  • Resumes should be in a single page PDF format
  • The document name should include your first and last name.
    • Examples:
      • Amila_smythe.pdf
      • JohnJones_resume.pdf
      • Poojitha-Thulluru-cv.pdf

What are some location options during COVID-19?

  • We have added the professional remote work option for this time to accommodate for the current conditions for both the companies and students.

What ideal city in Ohio do you want to work in? 

  • This question should be answered from an individual city perspective in Ohio.  We ask this question to match you with companies in areas where you are available to work.
    • To help answer the question we have these examples:
      • Any City
      • Cleveland and surrounding
      • Marysville
      • Youngstown

What area of Ohio do we want to work in?  

  • This question should be answered from a regional perspective in Ohio. To help answer the question we have these examples:
    • Student who wish to have an internship in Southeast Ohio could receive matches from companies in these cities:
      • Athens
      • Gallipolis
      • Cambridge
      • Marietta
      • Portsmouth
    • Student who wish to have an internship in Northwest Ohio could receive matches from companies in these cities:
      • Toledo
      • Bowling Green
      • Findlay
      • Lima
      • Tiffin

How do I participate?

  • Complete the student application and include as many work experiences as possible.
    • The work experience section will also allow you to include any software languages or tools you may have used as well.
  • After your application has been submitted, we will send you a confirmation email of that.
  • The matching process will begin once the student application window is closed, which is typically around 3-4 weeks after the company applications close.
  • After the student application window closes, we will begin matching positions  with students who meet or closely meet your experience and location needs.
  • Students will be notified about a match from an auto generated email from our D&I email box, the email will contain:
    • The company’s name
    • Their contacts email address
  • Students will be contacted directly from the company and should expect a normal interview and hiring processes.
  • Do not contact companies immediately after the match email is sent, give them about 2 weeks before attempting contact.

How much am I able to earn, as a wage?

  • Students who are hired should expect a minimum wage of $15 / hour but are not limited to any rate and free to negotiate directly with the company.

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