LIFT Network Internship Program for Students

LOOKING FOR A GREAT INTERNSHIP?

We’ll find the employers – and help match your skills with the right opportunities so that you can land the job!

During the program’s pilot year in Summer 2021, we subsidized over 30 internships to support more than 20 companies in the South Bend - Elkhart Region. Interns earned an average wage of $16/hour, worked an average of 400 hours, and earned an average of over $6,000!

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

Key aspects of this program include:

The model of the LIFT Network Internship program must align with the aims of the overall award to increase productivity, improve resilience, and increase the supply of an advanced workforce for our region’s mobility cluster companies. Student eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Centralized application that allows you to apply for multiple internships and interview with the region’s leading advanced industry employers with roles like those listed on the Job Description Database and in the “Available Roles and Application Pathways” Section.
  • Intentional talent-matching to ensure that your application gets in front of additional employers who need your skills.
  • Meaningful work that helps build real-world project management, business, engineering, and/or technical skills at a minimum hourly wage of $12/hour.
  • Suite of at least five professional development, networking, and social events scheduled throughout Summer 2022 that you’ll attend with the other 30+ interns to help you learn tips and skills from regional business leaders, build your network and meet other interns, and discover the exciting things to do in the South Bend - Elkhart region.
  • Free, professional headshot opportunities.
  • Modest housing stipends available for students with demonstrated need.

AVAILABLE ROLES AND APPLICATION PATHWAYS

By applying to this program, you’ll be able to find roles in areas such as:

DATA SCIENCE AND ANALYTICS
CIVIL, ELECTRICAL, INDUSTRIAL & MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY / CYBERSECURITY
MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS / PROCESS IMPROVEMENTS
RESEARCH & PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT / APPLICATION PROGRAMMING
SUPPLY CHAIN / LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT
TECHNOLOGY / HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY

ELIGIBILITY

Student Eligibility Requirements

The model of the LIFT Network Internship program must align with the aims of the overall award to increase productivity, improve resilience, and increase the supply of an advanced workforce for our region’s mobility cluster companies. Student eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Preference toward rising Juniors, rising Seniors, and current Graduate Students. Two-Year degree students are also eligible.
  • Preference toward students attending a college/university located in the South Bend - Elkhart region (Elkhart, Marshall, and St. Joseph County, IN) and/or who are from the South Bend - Elkhart region.
  • Must be interested in pursuing a career in engineering, manufacturing, technology, or related field.
  • Can commit to at least 300 hours of work between May and August.
  • Must attend at least 3 out of 5 required LIFT Network Internship Program events throughout the summer, unless an intern completes a remote internship.

HOW IT WORKS

About the LIFT Network Internship Program

JANUARY 2022

Students review Job Description Database to determine internship preferences.

BY MID-FEBRUARY 2022

Students submit application, resume, and internship preferences based on the Job Description Database.

MARCH AND APRIL 2022

Employers interview candidates after the LIFT Network identifies potential student matches.

BY MAY 2022

Employers make final hiring decisions.

 

SUMMER 2022

Students attend LIFT Network Event Programming between May and August.

CONTACT AND CONSIDERATIONS

PROGRAM CONTACT
Please direct any questions to Hunter Guthrie, the LIFT Network Internship Project Manager, at LIFTNetwork@southbendelkhart.org.

We understand that COVID-19 may continue to disrupt typical internship plans for employers and students. Throughout the approval process, companies have indicated their intention to host in-person or remote internships. You will be asked to submit your preferences as well, and we will do our best to ensure that you are matched to an employer whose plans match your comfort level. Additionally, our team has experience in designing remote and hybrid internship experiences. We will work with employers who design remote internships to affirm that your internship is a meaningful one.

THANK YOU

To our Program Partners

 

Center for Civic Innovation

 

enFocus

Plymouth Chamber of Commerce

 

Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce