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2017 Middle Skills Internship Program Development

Grants to Arizona Community Colleges and
Technical Educational Districts for Student Internships

GrantWatch ID#: 177206
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz)

12/05/16 12:00 PM MST

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Grants of up to $20,000 to Arizona community colleges and joint technical educational districts for student internship opportunities at local companies. Funding is intended to create or sustain internships in the sectors of engineering, information technology, manufacturing, energy, or healthcare.

Program objectives are to provide:

(a) Seed funding to the selected institutions to help build the necessary connections with local business and industry partners,

(b) Support to students with modest stipends during their internship period, and

(c) Businesses and industry partners risk-free opportunities to becoming acquainted with both the educational institution and the caliber of students coming through their programs.

The goal for each awardee is to build a successful internship program where their business and industry partners recognize the value proposition of continuing to sustain their local program once the grant period has ended.

Required elements of the program include:

- Programs designed in support of students studying for degrees or certifications in the middle skills growth sectors listed above.
- Institutions and the partner business or industry groups provide cohorts of students the opportunity to intern for pre-determined and significant periods over at least one semester.
- Each program is expected to have reached a point in its development where there is a high probability that partnering companies assume the costs of supporting the students while they intern and each one has committed to the ongoing support and growth of their programs.
- Plans to validate each new program by gathering and analyzing supporting data and metrics, tracking, and measure progress should be included.
- Hosting program progress review with SFAz program officer/evaluator and industry partners is required.

Awards are up to $20,000.

The funding period is 9 months from January 9, 2017 to October 8, 2017.

Eligible applicants are Arizona Community Colleges and JTEDs with established and successful Career and Technical Educati on (CTE) programs and initiatives leading students toward industry-recognized credentials, certifications and/or degrees, in the middle skills growth sectors of manufacturing, engineering, energy, information technology and/or healthcare.

PIs may be the Program Directors from JTEDs or the CTE Deans of Community Colleges, or other individuals with comparable positions. The Resume of the PI must be included in the application.

Each proposal requires signed authorization by the appropriate and recognized institutional authority responsible for external grants and funding.

Tools available to institutions as they plan and build their proposals and programs include Science Foundation Arizona’s STEM Pathways Guide ( and the Pima County One Stop’s Internships 101, A Business Friendly Toolkit (, developed in partnership with LeadLocal.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email applications to

If necessary, hard copy submissions may be delivered to:

Middle Skills Internship Program Development
Science Foundation Arizona
400 E. Van Buren St., Suite 300,
Phoenix, AZ 85004

For questions please contact Dr. Mary O’Reilly at

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