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Small Company Internship Award Program Accepting Applications

The Small Company Internship Award Program (SCIA) provides funding to help small businesses hire university students to work as interns on projects that are both beneficial to the company and academically relevant to the student. Through the SCIA program, the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN) provides matching funds to cover the cost of conducting research projects at Michigan universities.

Especially targeted toward Michigan businesses in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) field, the SCIA program is designed to increase students’ exposure to innovative processes and products emerging from companies that employ high-skill workers and to encourage student job placements with innovative and dynamic Michigan companies after graduation.

To be eligible for the SCIA program, companies must be based in Michigan with significant business operations in the state. The SCIA is a matching grant program where funding for a 12-week internship or co-op position is split evenly between the SCIA and the hosting company. STEM companies (or companies seeking STEM support) looking to hire interns can receive up to $3,500 per intern as a one-to-one match program, meaning companies will receive 50% of what they pay their intern, up to $3,500.

MCRN is a statewide initiative to create business relationships between Michigan’s corporations and top research universities. MCRN’s six partners (Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, Wayne State University, University of Michigan, U-M Dearborn, and Michigan Technological University) generate over $1.8 billion of research annually. In 2017, STEM companies who have not previously participated in SCIA will be given preference.

Contact Lori Fischer at Spartan Innovations (lfischer@spartaninnovations.org) for any questions or further information. Applications are first-come, first served.