March 28, 2014
Contact: Lesley Fry (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph (419) 995-8284
Local businesses commit majority of money for state-funded internship program
Ohio State Lima leads the charge to secure funds
The Ohio State University recently announced that it is partnering with two public colleges and 40 private-sector employers as part of the Ohio Board of Regents’ Ohio Means Internships and Co-Ops (OMIC) program. The program, which starts this summer and runs through June 2016, will create 180 new paid internships and co-ops for students at Ohio State, including its regional campuses, as well as students at Columbus State Community College and North Central State College.
These 40 employers have committed to 180 internships, and the estimated intern wages are nearly $800,000. Of this total, 68 of the 180 internships were from seven companies that sent their letters of intent to Ohio State Lima, bringing in $475,000 of the estimated $800,000.
At Ohio State Lima, the OMIC program operates out of the Office of Career Services. Rachel Richardson, coordinator of career services, developed the network of local employers who will participate in the larger consortium. The seven local and regional companies participating in this collaboration are Accubuilt, Area Energy and Electric, Crown Equipment, Lima Memorial Health Systems, Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce, Mercer Landmark and NOW Marketing.
This partnership not only creates internships and co-ops across the state in JobsOhio Key industries, but it also delivers education that addresses employer-identified gaps between the classroom and the workplace. The goals of this project are to encourage students to explore job opportunities in Ohio; provide economic stimulus and incentivize companies to create new, paid internships; and for companies to choose targeted workplace training for student interns.