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Pilot Program Matches Companies, Greenwood Students
The Johnson County Development Corporation is supporting a pilot program that matches local companies with Greenwood Community High School students.
Indiana INTERNnet is a free online resource connecting employers and students for internship opportunities. Employers may post an unlimited number of internships, access the intern candidate database and contact students for free.
Participating companies cannot request a specific student. However, after registering interest, the information is sent to Greenwood's Guidance Department, which pairs student and companies.
Here are the details:
About the Program
EARN Indiana (Employment Aid Readiness Network) is the state’s work-study program. Students with financial need have access to resume-building, experiential, paid internships, while participating employers receive state matching funds— up to 50 percent of the student’s hourly wage. EARN Indiana has partnered with Indiana INTERNnet to better match students and employers, and to assist employers in finding the perfect fit for their team.
Why Employers Benefit
Hiring an intern allows employers to:
- Stretch your hiring budget (up to 50% of EARN Indiana interns’ hourly rate is reimbursed by the state of Indiana)
- Gain career-focused talent on a short or long-term basis
- Mentor and cultivate future workforce leaders
- Attract and retain local talent
Eligibility Requirements and Submitting an Application
A qualified employer may be:
- A Commission for Higher Education-approved college or university
- A unit of state or local government
- A private, not-for-profit organization located in Indiana performing work in the public interest
- A for-profit company (with preference given to small businesses)
Minimum Standards to Receive Matching Funds
- Internships must be paid (at least the federal minimum hourly wage)
- Internships must last at least 8 weeks
- Interns must work 12 to 20 hours per week during the academic year (12 to 40 hours per week during summer)
- Intern’s work activities cannot be political or sectarian
- No more than 25 percent of an intern’s work can be administrative (clerical)
- No more than 50 percent of the employer’s workforce can be interns
- Federal work-study funds cannot be received for the same internship
How to Apply
To submit your experiential internship for participation, go to IndianaINTERN.net to create an organization account. You will receive email notification once your account is approved. Post an internship then click on the EARN Indiana banner and complete the short form.
Full-time or part-time college students who are enrolled at an eligible Indiana college or university, do not have a bachelor’s degree prior to the start of the approved internship term, and show financial need are eligible to apply. Interns must be Indiana residents to qualify.
For Further assistance, contact Indiana INTERNnet at INTERNnet@indianachamber.com or call 317.264.6852.