Thank you for showing interest in the Intern Omaha program! We would love the opportunity to help source fantastic local talent for opportunities within your organization. This page will take you through the what, who, why and how of the program (the where, of course, is the Greater Omaha area).
If you would like to jump right into specifics about either our second cohort (2020-21 program year) or third cohort (2021-22 program year), please click the links below:
What are we doing?
Intern Omaha hopes to make a significant impact in workforce development efforts at the high school level by connecting high school seniors to internships with some of the city's best employers in the business, IT, trades, and automotive fields.
According to a recently released report, "[Nebraska] has difficulty retaining and attracting young talent. Ranked #39 among all states, Nebraska recorded one of the lowest growth rates (0.5%) for the population 25-29-years old, 2013-2018. Nebraska is losing people in the war for talent to other states."
The purpose of Intern Omaha is to enable a next-generation workforce to begin lifelong careers in our city.
We seek to:
Fill skills gaps by creating a more seamless talent pipeline to high-demand industries
Attack the "brain drain" by engaging high-performing talent before it leaves the state
We're doing this by facilitating year long, co-curricular, paid internships with some of the City’s best employers.
Students will be embedded in your workplace for 20-40 hours per week in the summer and 10-20 hours per week in the fall and spring. They will train with you with the intent of eventually engaging in meaningful work and providing return on investment throughout the course of their internship.
The work they do on the job will be supplemented by a concurrently-enrolled professional skills course, an aligned career and technical education course, and an internship course that requires them to engage in career coaching and grow more self aware throughout the experience. Throughout the program, both you and your student will receive full-time, proactive support from a dedicated internship coordinator. Beyond paying your intern a competitive hourly wage, there is currently no cost to your organization to join the Intern Omaha program.
To get a deeper sense of the program requirements, please visit the page detailing the timeline of our upcoming cohort (2022-23).
Check it out below!
HOW DO I Join?
We are currently recruiting for Cohort 4!
If you're interested in joining Cohort 4 (occurring during the 2022-23 school year and kicking off in June 2022), read the commitment requirements below! Please reach out with questions, we're here to help every step of the way.
Requirements for commitment
You will provide at least one internship position (though we find cohorts of two or more work best!) that will allow a student to work onsite or virtually for 20-40 hours per week in the summer and 10-20 hours per week in the fall and spring.
Who are we doing THIS with?
Employer Partners (Selected)
Why SHould I Join?
Finally...CURIOUS ABOUT HOW TO EMPLOY STUDENTS UNDER 18?
The Nebraska Department of Labor produced the following one pager that clearly outlines the types of work in which 16- & 17-year-old students can be engaged. More forms and resources regarding under-18 employment can be accessed here.