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Commonwealth Innovative Internship Program

Fast Facts

Overview: In 2018, the Virginia General Assembly appropriated funding to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to stimulate public colleges and universities to develop partnerships to provide innovative paid internship opportunities for their students. The first grant competition (Round 1) yielded one award. In 2019, the effort was expanded and enacted into law as the Innovative Internship Fund and Program. The purpose of the program is to expand paid or credit-bearing student internships and other work-based learning opportunities in collabora­tion with Virginia employers. The program comprises institutional grants and a state­wide initiative to facilitate the readiness of students, employers and institutions of higher education to participate in internship and other work-based learning opportunities.

The General Assembly designated seven goals. This grant competition (Round 2) focuses on the seventh goal to further the objectives of increasing the tech talent pipeline. The competition has two tracks: a development track and an internship track. Please see full instructions for details regarding limited submissions, matching funds requirements, partnership requirements, and more.

Proposals Due: July 15, 2019
Estimated Start Date: September 1, 2019
Length of Award: 9 months (development track); 24 months (internship track)
Number of Grants: To be determined at time of award
Award Amount: up to $40,000 (development track); up to $200,000 (internship track)

Lynn Seuffert
Associate for Research Investment
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

Documents Available for Download
Fast Facts                                     
Call for Proposals                          Partner Commitment Form

Frequently Asked Questions
Webinar Slides
Proposal Funded in Round 1 - Northern Virginia Community College

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