FAQ: Vermont Internship Program Grant

Updated: March 5, 2021

Question: What is a "post-secondary" candidate?

Answer: A post-secondary participant is a person who is enrolled in a training or educational program after they have earned their high school diploma. An adult CTE student or a student enrolled in a college program of study would be post-secondary participants. We would also consider students who recently completed one of these programs to be an ideal participant.

Question: Can this grant be for high school students who are not in a regional technical center?

Answer: No. The only internships we are interested in funding through this grant program that involve secondary students are those supporting secondary students enrolled in a CTE program.

Question: Could you clarify whether high schools are included in the target population?

Answer: No – unless participants are enrolled in a CTE program.

Question: Can you clarify whether the language in the VDOL press release is accurate? 
"The program promotes internships by providing grants to organizations that support or match Vermont employers with student-interns from public and private secondary schools, regional technical centers, or postsecondary educational institutions. It seems to contradict the language in the proposal criteria in the application information: The Vermont Department of Labor is seeking proposals to support the creation and expansion of internship programs and opportunities at the postsecondary level and at the secondary level if the intern is enrolled at a career or technical education program."

Answer: The program’s authorizing language allows for funding of secondary programs. It predates the State’s development of flexibly pathways for secondary students (Act 77) through local education districts. We are not choosing to target that population of participants because schools and communities are focused on serving this need. This funding announcement seeks proposals for internships at the post-secondary level and makes one exception for secondary students enrolled in a CTE program.  Where flexible pathways emphasize career exploration, awareness, and exposure, the Vermont Internship Program is focused on supporting opportunities that lead to job offers.

Question: Our proposal would target ( . . . ) certifications specifically followed by placement in internships with our local employer partners. I had hoped to confirm that technical training ( . . . ) as a pre-requisite to an internship would still fit the funding opportunity.

Answer: The program is focused on supporting work-based opportunities that lead to job offers. The funding of occupational or technical trainings is not the focus of this grant.

Question: Are virtual internship opportunities within the scope of this grant?

Answer: Yes.

Question: (We are) considering how we can strengthen our current partnerships with organizations outside the state and ensure our interns can stay in Vermont and work remotely for these companies by capitalizing on the resources we have available on campus. Would this project fall under the scope of this grant? 

Answer: Yes. We prefer that internships lead to offers of work that would continue to allow participants to remain in Vermont.

Question: This grant opportunity is geared towards organizations that run internship programs, correct? I.e., we are a municipality whose Rec Board would like to pay an intern, likely from the UVM natural resources or Johnson State outdoor education programs, to assess use of our rec facilities and design and implement some programs over one year, but do not have the funds. Is this the type of activity eligible for this grant program?

Answer: This program is not intended to support one-time development of an internship opportunity. If the municipality wishes to begin an ongoing internship program that is designed to lead to offers of work from the municipality or related organizations, that proposal would be eligible.

Question: Do the students we hire have to reside in Vermont, or can they be Dartmouth students, and is it mandatory for these interns to then become employed IN Vermont after said internship?

Answer: While interns do not have to reside in Vermont, the internship program is intended to support Vermont employers by attracting future employees and/or to support Vermont students/participants who wish to stay in Vermont and work remotely for an out-of-state employer during their internship with prospects for continued employment at the conclusion.

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