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Summer Internship Program

Grants to New Mexico Counties and Tribal Governments
for Summer Student Internships During COVID-19

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New Mexico Public Education Department (PED)

Deadline Date:

05/05/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to New Mexico counties and tribal governments to launch summer internship programs in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended to provide students with exposure to in-demand, high-paying, high-skill government agency jobs that offer educational experiences and monetary compensation.

The purpose of the Summer Internship Program is to support New Mexico communities in the cost of internships for current high school students who work at placements in tribal, county, or municipal government. The federal government has committed funding for a Summer Enrichment program, as part of pandemic relief efforts.

The goal of this funding is to provide high school students with the opportunity to participate in high‐quality internships. Student interns shall work for 20 hours per week, for 6 weeks, in government agencies, including county, tribal, and/or municipal placements.

The internship program is designed to provide real‐world experiences that expand student application of academic, technical, and employability skills in a work setting. Students should be exposed to a variety of tasks and managers so that they have a comprehensive understanding of the work of the agency.


  1. The applicant shall work with PED to establish criteria to evaluate for student applicants.
  2. The applicant shall work with affiliated local governments to place student participants.
  3. An adult coordinator shall be employed for 10 weeks, 20 hours per week, $500 per week. Coordinators shall be subject to a background check if not currently an employee of a local public charter school or school district. Each coordinator will oversee a maximum of 20 interns.
  4. The coordinator will collaborate with local government managers requesting interns to develop job descriptions for students.
  5. The coordinator will collaborate with staff from their local Workforce Connection Office to evaluate student applicants and determine appropriate placement of students. 
  6. The coordinator will attend a statewide training to learn expected internship protocols and learning objectives.
  7. The coordinator will attend weekly statewide virtual meetings with other coordinators.
  8. 20 students per coordinator shall be placed in internships. Local labor laws shall be followed.
  9. Students will meet with the coordinator to learn employability skills before they begin their internship placement.
  10. The applicant shall design placements so that students are exposed to high wage, high‐skill, or in‐ demand careers, as determined by NM Department of Workforce Solutions labor market information.
  11. The applicant shall ensure that students are able to arrive at their internships by providing access to transportation as an in‐kind contribution. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 195730

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Term of Contract:

Funding is available for summer internships in June ‐ September 2021 only.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

New Mexico counties and tribal governments are invited to participate. Applicants shall work within their
boundaries to ensure solid, high-quality student internship placements.

Adult coordinators can be currently licensed educators or other experienced youth providers. Coordinators will be compensated by the applicant. Background checks are required.

Pre-Application Information:

RfA Released: April 21, 2021
Final Date to Submit RfA: May 5, 2021 by 5:00 PM

After submitting your online application:
1. Print a hard‐copy of your application for your records (this will be your only opportunity).
2. You will receive a confirmation email when the application has been successfully submitted.

Applicants will track expenditures for reimbursement.

Contact Information:

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


PED Main: 505-827-5800

NM PED College & Career Readiness Bureau Contact Information:
- Marc Duske, Special Projects Manager, 505‐490‐7804
- Jaime Hernandez, Youth Work‐Based Learning Coordinator, 505‐250‐2668
- Elaine Perea, PhD, College and Career Readiness Director, 505‐469‐3475

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USA: New Mexico

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