The Intern Nebraska (InternNE) program connects college students and employers from across the state, providing a unique opportunity for them to co-invest in the future. Interns gain valuable business experience that will help them in future careers, while successful internships help businesses develop tomorrow’s leaders. Internships create lasting connections between students and the region; more than 50% of interns become full-time employees at their place of internship, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
InternNE.com is the premier source for paid internships across the state of Nebraska! Post your internships, search for candidates, and manage your InternNE grant funds using this portal. Any business may post paid, quality internships and any student may search for internship opportunities on InternNE.com.
InternNE Grant Program
The program provides a 40% match, up to $3,500 per internship, for eligible businesses hiring eligible student interns (businesses in distressed areas may receive a 60% match up to $5,000). A business may apply for funding for up to 10 interns per year, with a maximum of 5 interns per company location, per year. Up to $3 million is available between to support businesses in hiring interns. Funding is provided through reimbursements to businesses.
Eligible businesses are primarily in Manufacturing, Research & Development, Distribution, Transportation, Storage & Warehousing, Data Processing, Telecommunications, Insurance & Financial Services; businesses headquartered in Nebraska are also eligible. Eligible students are those enrolled full-time in a Nebraska postsecondary two-year or four-year college or university who have completed a minimum of one-half of the total credit hours required for a bachelor or associate degree. Internships must pay minimum wage or more and range from 200-1,000 hours.
InternNE Grant Program Application and Process
Use InternNE.com to post your internships, apply to the InternNE Grant Program and complete the Grant Program’s required forms. Businesses must apply to the InternNE Grant Program prior to hiring interns; Interns in positions created prior to the date of application will not be considered eligible.
- Register and complete your profile on InternNE.com
- Review the InternNE Grant Program Guidelines and FAQs (located within your Documents Library on InternNE.com)
- Create/Post your internships – be sure to specify if you would like us to wait to post your internship pending the approval of your grant application
- Apply to the InternNE Grant Program (use InternNE.com to apply, application is located within your InternNE Grant Application section, select “Respond”)
- Receive Notice of Award
- Hire student (businesses are not required to wait for contract execution to hire students; businesses may hire students any time following application submission)
- If the student applied to your internship on InternNE.com you must ‘offer’ the internship to the student (located within the Internships section, Student Resumes tab) and the student must ‘accept’ the offer (located within their Internships section, Applications tab)
- Have student complete the Student Verification Form
- If the student applied to and accepted your internship on InternNE.com they will be automatically prompted to complete the Student Verification Form
- If the student did not apply to your internship on InternNE.com they will need to register on InternNE.com and navigate to the InternNE Forms tab located within their Profile section; they will need to select “add new” in order to complete the Student Verification Form
- Complete the internship (student must work at least 200 hours within a period of 12 weeks or less)
- Have student complete the Student Evaluation Form (located within the InternNE Forms tab in their Profile section)
- Complete the Internship Completion and Request for Reimbursement Form (located within the InternNE Grant Program Forms section, select “Evaluate Student”)
- Receive reimbursement deposit within 10 to 15 business days
- For any InternNE.com or the InternNE Grant Program, please contact us at:
Successful Internship GuidebookThe Employer Guidebook to Developing a Successful Internship Program provides tips on creating an engaging internship for students as well as an effective program for the business. This Guidebook also includes sample job descriptions and letters to help you get started.
InternNE Grant Program Guidelines and FAQs
- A great resource to find internship candidates is the Nebraska colleges and university Career Services departments. The NCCSA represents most Nebraska colleges and universities and provides opportunities to contact specific schools or advertise job vacancies through their listserv. National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)
- NACE connects campus recruiting and career services professionals, and provides best practices, trends, research, professional development, and conferences. Their mission is to facilitate the employment of the college educated.
InternNE Grant Program Flier
Nebraska College Career Services Association (NCCSA)
In The News
Intern program benefits students, businesses – March 2, 2013, Star Herald
A new website for students looking for internships makes debut – February 19, 2013, UNO Gateway
A public boost for private-sector experience – February 9, 2013, Journal Star
Kearney Web designer gets spotlight in New York Times – February 5, 2013, Omaha World Herald
Newly-launched InternNE.com attracts record users in a couple weeks – February 1, 2013, DED News Release
Nebraska’s Internship Program – February 1, 2013, Governor Dave Heineman Weekly Column
Intern Nebraska Update – November 30, 2012, Governor Dave Heineman Weekly Column