New state initiative links high school students with technology internships

Columbiana schools among those taking part in program

WARREN — A new workforce development initiative will link high school students with internship opportunities in the technology sector.

Launched Tuesday, the High School Tech Internship Pilot Program has spots available for 100 students.

Ohio employers can connect with pilot sites to offer internships and receive reimbursement for a portion of the intern’s wages. Interns will be placed in roles that focus on software, data, cloud and IT infrastructure, and cybersecurity, and will be expected to perform job duties similar to what would be expected in an entry-level position.

Participating employers will receive a higher wage reimbursement for younger students to help more students experience technology careers at an earlier age. Employers will also receive an extra $100 in reimbursement if they can demonstrate the intern has earned an industry-recognized credential on the Innovative Workforce Incentive Program List by the time of the reimbursement request.

The two pilot sites in northeast Ohio are Columbiana County Schools’ Business Advisory Council and Auburn Vocational School District in Painesville. Employers can choose to work with any of the pilot sites.

Employers interested in offering internships through the program should contact one of the pilot sites by visiting Workforce.Ohio.gov/HSTechInternship.


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