LIFT Network Now Accepting Student Applications for Summer Internship Program

Eligible students may apply to intern with leading companies in Elkhart, Marshall, and St. Joseph counties. Preference will be given to students enrolled at regional colleges and universities and/or students who are from the South Bend – Elkhart region.

SOUTH BEND – ELKHART, Ind. (Feb. 11, 2021) — In partnership with the Labs for Industry Futures and Transformation (LIFT) Network, the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership has announced the opening of applications for the LIFT Network Internship Program.

Over 23 employers have been approved to host up to 35 interns through this program. Available internships include roles in information technology, product development and implementation, process improvement, data analytics, research and development, manufacturing quality analysis, supply chain and logistics, healthcare technology, application programming, software development, cybersecurity, and civil engineering. To view all available positions, visit the LIFT Network Internship Program’s job description database.

Students interested in pursuing a career in engineering, manufacturing, technology, or related fields should apply. Preference will be given to rising juniors, rising seniors, graduate students, and two-year degree students who attend a college or university in the region or who are from Elkhart, Marshall, or St. Joseph counties. All interns will be paid at least $12 an hour and will work at least 300 hours between May and August 2021.

Prospective interns must apply by March 7, 2021. After an initial application screening process, interns will be matched, based on their skills, interests, expertise, and preferences, to the approved regional employers who will conduct independent interview processes to determine the right fit with their organizations. Once interns have been hired, the LIFT Network will support interns by hosting centralized professional development, social and networking opportunities for all LIFT Network Interns across the South Bend – Elkhart region.

Concurrent with this application launch, the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership will host virtual program information sessions through the career services offices of regional colleges and universities. Interested students should contact their career services office for more information or email

The LIFT Network Internship Program is supported by organizations such as the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Civic Innovation, enFocus, IT Sector Partnership, Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, the South Bend Regional Chamber, and overseen by the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership.

For more information, please visit the program homepage.


About Labs for Industry Futures and Transformation (LIFT) Network
The Labs for Industry Futures and Transformation (LIFT) Network was established to formalize the collaborative opportunities among the South Bend Elkhart Region’s innovation, R&D, workforce training and educational assets to provide a comprehensive portfolio of cutting-edge resources to support advancement in the region’s key industrial sectors. Collectively these efforts will support the South Bend – Elkhart Region through the transformation to an increasingly digital and automated future, enhancing the current manufacturing base with new business models, technologies and tailored workforce training programs while accelerating new high-tech sector growth in the region. For more information about the LIFT Network, visit

LIFT Network and the associated iNDustry Labs at Notre Dame were catalyzed by a $42.4 million grant awarded to the University of Notre Dame and the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership in 2019 from Lilly Endowment Inc.

About South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership
The South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership is a collaboration of the economic development partners from 47 smart connected communities in northern Indiana and southwest Michigan. The Regional Partnership focuses on a long-term systemic approach to advance the region’s economy by aligning the efforts of various stakeholders around five key areas: Educating a world-class WORKFORCE, Recruiting and retaining great TALENT, Attracting and growing new economy companies in complement to our remarkably strong manufacturing INDUSTRIES, Promoting INCLUSION and sparking opportunities for minorities and Helping ENTREPRENEURS thrive. The Regional Partnership seeks to unify and collaborate so that together, the communities across the region to work together to achieve what cannot be done individually. For more information about the Regional Partnership, visit

Program Contact
Leighton Johnson
South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership
574.344.4686 ext. 4805