The Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), under Development, 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 manufacturing experience. The Ohio MEP High School Internship Program assists manufacturers with their workforce needs, while also providing students valuable career skills.
Last year, 80 percent of interns in the program were offered full-time employment at the end of the 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.
- Regional MEP partners work with local schools to identify student candidates for internship positions with local manufacturers.
- Manufacturers agree to provide a paid work-based learning experience.
- Manufacturers complete a Program Employer Agreement with MAGNET, Ohio MEP’s Northeast regional partner, once a student is placed in an internship.
- Manufacturers submit an Internship Work Activity Log and Internship Program Employer Invoice at the end of the internship to support reimbursement.
Manufacturer: What are advantages of having a student intern?
- Contribute to shaping the future manufacturing workforce.
- Exposure to the younger workforce while addressing the need for skilled workers.
- 50 percent reimbursement of student wages, up to $1,500 per student.
Student: What are advantages of being a manufacturing student intern?
- Learn valuable manufacturing skills from a real-world local job.
- Gain early career experience to shape your career path.
- Exposure to local manufacturing environment while being paid.
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.
- Southeast: OSU South Centers (Piketon)
- Central: Columbus State Community College (Columbus)
- Northeast: Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET, Cleveland)
- Northwest: Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT, Toledo)