Small Company Internship Award

The Small Company Internship Award Program (SCIA) provides funding to help small businesses hire university students to work as interns on projects that are both beneficial to the company and academically relevant to the student. Especially targeted toward Michigan businesses in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) field, the SCIA program is designed to increase students’ exposure to innovative processes and products emerging from companies that employ high-skill workers and to encourage student job placements with innovative and dynamic Michigan companies after graduation.

To be eligible for the SCIA program, companies must be based in Michigan with significant business operations in the state. The SCIA is a matching grant program where funding for a 12-week internship or co-op position is split evenly between the SCIA and the hosting company.

Details on participating, funding, timing and other frequently asked questions can be found here. For updated guidelines on the SCIA program, please download our 2019 SCIA guidelines.

If you would like to be notified when the application opens, please fill out this form.

For more information, please contact one of the MCRN business engagement offices in your area.

Check out this video, Keeping Our Grads in Michigan, showcasing the SCIA program and its success connecting Michigan talent with growing small businesses.

VIDEO: Companies like Duo Security gain access to talent while providing important career experience to students.

“This experience has given me a sense of confidence to handle data and understand it. I feel fortunate to have got a chance to explore some of the many things I wouldn’t have come across otherwise. Most importantly, it gave me an understanding and an excellent opportunity to build a rapport with the leadership and make the most of it. Networking was something I never really banked on. Now I can certainly say that, it works!”

“I loved our interns because they have a different way of thinking and they come up with things that we’d never even think of. We get a bit set in our ways, but they bring a fresh perspective to our business.”

“Previously, I had no knowledge of the packaging industry. After my internship, I’m looking forward to post-graduation and staying in this industry. This industry is very interesting to me now, and I’ve learned so much. I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did!”