Through the Labs for Industry Futures and Transformation (LIFT) Network grant, the LIFT Network Internship Program connects students from regional colleges and universities to internships at local companies focused on advanced industries such as technology, manufacturing, data science and analytics, supply chain or logistics management, and research and development. The program can subsidize half of the wages of up to two approved internship positions for each employer partner, up to $2,500 per intern.
During the program’s pilot year in Summer 2021, we dispersed nearly $70,000 in funding to subsidize 34 internships that supported over 20 companies in the South Bend - Elkhart region. Interns participating in this program earned an average wage of $16/hour, worked an average of 400 hours, and earned an average of over $6,000.
Program partners include the the University of Notre Dame's Center for Civic Innovation, enFocus, IT Sector Partnership, Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, and the South Bend Regional Chamber.