Experiential learning (internships, project based learning and civic engagement) provides students with direct experience through which they can use analytical skills and reflection to apply new ideas gained from the experience to their classroom learning. Determine what the best fit for the organization is by considering the following definitions listed in the employer guidebook.
RI Work Immersion Program
The Governor’s Workforce Board operates the Work Immersion Program for students attending Rhode Island colleges and universities. The program provides a 50% wage subsidy to RI businesses that provide a qualifying paid internship. Qualifying internships are those that either provide credit or are endorsed by the intern’s college or university as a “meaningful learning experience.”
All internships must be aligned with the students’ major/career goals. The internship must pay no less than minimum wage and no more than $20.00 per hour and must be at least 45 hours up to a maximum of 400 hours in duration for no longer than 20 weeks in duration.
Once a student has completed 400 hours of interning (combined), a business is no longer eligible to receive the subsidy from her or his internship. Businesses that hire the interns after completion of an approved internship may earn an additional 25% wage reimbursement.
For more information on how to apply for the Work Immersion Program, visit www.gwb.ri.gov/internships or contact us at (401) 462-8860.