WCCO Radio's Good Neighbor Business Of The Week: SciTechsperience

March 12, 2018 - 11:32 am

 

What Minnesota Should Know About SciTechsperience

 

How We Got Started

The MN Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED) identified the need to build Minnesota's STEM workforce through internships as one of several strategic goals that will help make Minnesota's economy more competitive in the 21st century. The Minnesota Science & Technology Authority (then part of DEED) developed these goals through their 2011 strategic planning process. That internship concept became the SciTechsperience Internship Program, and the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) was awarded a grant to build the pilot, which launched in February 2012. Sixty students were placed the first year; in 2018, our goal is 340!

 

About Us

SciTechsperience is a free, state-funded program that connects small Minnesota companies offering paid internships to college students pursuing STEM majors. Employers receive a 50% wage match worth up to $2,500 when they use SciTechsperience. These internships help employers build their talent pipeline while providing students with valuable hands-on experience. The program will support at least 340 internships in 2018. SciTechsperience is a phenomenal resource for finding STEM talent statewide.

Objective

Keep talented STEM students in Minnesota after they graduate in order to strengthen and advance Minnesota’s knowledge-based economy.

Develop Minnesota’s STEM workforce by providing hands-on learning opportunities to talented college students in dynamic Minnesota STEM industries.

Benefits

Businesses receive a dollar-for-dollar cash match for up to 50% of the intern’s wages ($2,500 max), providing a low-cost solution for small and medium-sized companies that otherwise would not have access to qualified interns.

Enables employers to find future employees, accelerate short-term business objectives and product development efforts, and revitalize an organization with fresh perspectives and specialized skill sets.

Provides students with valuable insight into industry and the professional, hands-on experience necessary to secure a job their field after graduation.

To learn more, visit scitechmn.org