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High School Tech Internship Program


On February 1st, the ESC and BridgED hosted a virtual information session to explore the High School Tech Internship Program. 
The High School Tech Internship program, a program of the Governor's Office of Workforce Transformation, reimburses Ohio employers for hosting high school interns in technology-focused roles. The goal of the High School Tech Internship program is to provide businesses with the tech talent they need while also providing students with valuable work experience at an early age.

Interns will be expected to perform job duties similar to what is expected of an entry-level employee in technology roles that focus on software development, data, cloud and IT infrastructure, cybersecurity, broadband/5G, advanced mobility, and other in-demand technology-focused roles.

Program Guidelines

Program Timeline:
  • Internships are eligible to be completed between January 2, 2024 and September 30, 2024.
  • Internship placements must be finalized and applied for through a regional intermediary by June 14, 2024.
  • Employers will work with their regional intermediary to submit reimbursement documentation to the Ohio Department of Development by October 31, 2024.
Application:
  • Interested employers and students will apply for the program through their regional intermediary organization before the deadline of June 14, 2024.
  • Interested students or schools assisting students should reach out to their regional intermediary for assistance applying.
  • Employers will be required to submit information such as Employer Name, Employer Address, intern hourly wage, and other information which may be requested by the Ohio Department of Development for the application.
Eligible Employers:
  • Private Businesses in Ohio
  • Non-Profit Entities in Ohio
  • Educational Entities (District, Career-Technical Planning District, Educational Service Center, Higher Education Institutions) in Ohio
  • Local and County Governments in Ohio
Eligible Students:
  • Ohio high school students who will be 19 years of age or younger on the start date of their internship.
  • Students graduating in the Spring of 2024 are eligible.
Eligible Roles:
  • Interns will be expected to perform job duties similar to what is expected in an entry-level role.
  • Roles focusing on software development, data, cloud and IT infrastructure, cybersecurity, broadband/5G, advanced mobility, and other in-demand technology-focused roles are eligible.
Wage Reimbursement:
  • To qualify for wage reimbursement, employers must submit supporting documentation to their regional intermediary after the conclusion of the internship, proving the student was employed for a minimum of 120 hours and was paid at least $12 per hour as a W2 employee.
  • Supporting documentation (such as a payroll report, pay stub, timesheet, etc.) is required to show the business name, intern name, hours worked, dates, and amount paid (gross and net).
  • Wage reimbursement will occur at a two-thirds rate if an intern is documented to work at minimum 120 hours, but less than 200 hours.
  • If an intern works 200 or more hours, the business will be eligible for wages to be fully reimbursed. The maximum reimbursement is $5,000 per student.
Credential Attainment Incentive:
  • Employers may receive an additional $1,000 per intern if they demonstrate the intern has earned an industry-recognized credential recognized on the Innovative Workforce Incentive Program (IWIP) list by the time of the reimbursement request.
  • Participating schools may be eligible to use qualifying credentials earned during internships to get $1,250 payments, per credential, through the Innovative Workforce Incentive Program (IWIP).

For Students/Families

Internship Opportunities

  • Provide maintenance of the computer desktop environment by analyzing requirements, resolving problems, installing hardware and software solutions, and supporting the internal IT Helpdesk.  Responsible for administration and internal support of the County‚Äôs PCs, printers, servers, and related equipment. Tasks include end user support, license tracking and performing PC maintenance, upgrades and configurations.
  • Eligibility Requirements
    • Ohio high school students who will be 19 years of age or younger on June 10, 2024.
    • Students graduating in the Spring of 2024 are eligible.
  • Work location: 222 W Center St, Marion OH 43302
  • Wage is $15 per hour
  • Start date is May 28, 2024
  • Job Description Here
  • If interested, please email Keith Vanderpool at [email protected] by June 10, 2024.

  • Assist with technical needs in the areas of Computer Support/Programming; Computer/IT Support, Cyber Security/Cyber Defense; and/or Computer/Software Programming, Engineering, Application Development
  • Eligibility Requirements
    • Ohio high school students who will be 19 years of age or younger on June 10, 2024
    • Students graduating in the Spring of 2024 are eligible
  • Work location:  LACA, Newark OH
  • Wage is $15 per hour
  • Start date is June 10, 2024
  • Job Description Here
  • If interested, please email [email protected] by June 3, 2024

  • Assist the IT department in maintaining and improving our technological infrastructure. This role provides an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience in various aspects of information technology within a dynamic environment.
  • Eligibility Requirements
    • Ohio high school students who will be 19 years of age or younger on June 10, 2024
    • Students graduating in the Spring of 2024 are eligible
  • Work location:  775 Yard Street, Suite 325, Columbus OH 43212
  • Wage is $12 per hour
  • If interested, please submit resume to: [email protected]

  • Helps support the Technology Department in completing summer work projects and device setup and maintenance. Includes moving and cleaning devices, deploying applications, imaging devices, repairing devices, setting up devices in classrooms, inventory record keeping, and other duties as assigned to help prepare the district for the new school year
  • Eligibility Requirements
    • Ohio high school students who will be 19 years of age or younger on June 10, 2024
    • Students graduating in the Spring of 2024 are eligible
  • Work location:  Jonathan Alder Local Schools
  • Wage is $15 per hour
  • Start date is  May 17, 2024
  • If interested, please email [email protected] by May 10, 2024
The ESC, in partnership with BridgED, is serving as an intermediary to allow the program to be administered in a seamless fashion between the State of Ohio, educational entities, and businesses. Serving as the single point of contact for businesses and educational entities will allow the needs of both to be supported by the intermediary throughout the entirety of the internship process.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact [email protected].