Vermont Department of Labor
Secondary and Post-Secondary Internship Program
Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) Internship Program Grants are intended to support work-based learning opportunities with Vermont employers. Eligible applicants include Vermont employers, trade, business and labor associations, schools, and other public and private entities. Applicants must clearly demonstrate ability to manage internships and match Vermont employers with students and recent graduates from public and private secondary and post-secondary schools. Students include Vermont residents in high school or college (in Vermont or out) or those who graduated within the past 24 months, and non-residents who are currently enrolled in a Vermont school or who graduated from a Vermont school within the past 24 months.
Grant awards are for one year and applicants should not anticipate or presume additional funding upon expiration of grant. Funding will not be provided for programs that duplicate other available programs or services.
In June of 2014, Governor Shumlin signed Act 199 into law creating a new internship initiative called the Vermont Strong Internship Program. This program will move the State in the direction of establishing more centralized support for, and coordination of, internship activity in the State, while at the same time still supporting local and regional internship programs. Included in this new effort will be a central clearinghouse for internship opportunities. Going forward, the Workforce Education and Training Fund (WETF) Internship Grants will no longer fund statewide internship clearinghouses, except to the extent that they complement and add value to the State clearinghouse plan. Programs that are funded by a grant may be required to post their internship opportunities on this statewide clearinghouse, in addition to whatever other posting is approved as part of their grant. In addition, grantees must agree to allow their programs to be part of any publicity that the State may wish to carry out involving internship programs.
The payment of wages to interns by employers is favored, particularly for post-secondary students, but programs may provide a stipend based on financial need. The method for determining need must be identified in your application. Programs for interns to work with for-profit employers must meet a strict legal standard. See: http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.htm. Interns may or may not receive academic credit, as determined by their educational institution.
Funding will only be awarded to programs or projects that meet the following:
a. Do not duplicate, replace or supplant available programs.
b. Provide an opportunity for interns to learn skills, attitudes, and behaviors necessary to succeed in the workplace, while exploring career options.
c. Create real workplace expectations and consequences.
d. Create intern and employer relationships that will increase the likelihood that interns will work and live in Vermont following graduation.
e. Promote employer involvement with secondary and post-secondary students and institutions.
f. Provide a process that measures progress towards mastery of skills, attitude, behavior, and sense of responsibility required for success in the workplace.
g. Engage eligible students. Students include Vermont residents in high school or college (in Vermont or out) or who graduated within the past 24 months, and non-residents who are currently enrolled in a Vermont school or who graduated from a Vermont school within the past 24 months.
h. Comply with all State and Federal labor laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act. You may direct questions to the VDOL.
i. Partner with VDOL, when possible, to recruit employers and interns.
Applications for the Department of Labor’s Internship Program will be accepted starting November 3, 2014 and closing at 4:00 p.m. on November 17, 2014. Start date of program may be no earlier than January 1, 2015. However, if you were a grant recipient during FY14 and you have reapplied for a grant during this application period, the Department may, at its discretion, allow costs incurred as of October 15, 2014.
Please e-mail your completed application, as a WORD document, to each of the following: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org If you have questions, please contact Sally Redpath: 802-828-4394.