Internship Reimbursement Program

About the Program

Interested in Participating? 

CareerEdge is proud to announce the launch of a first-of-its-kind internship program that helps students obtain the necessary skills required to succeed in today’s work environment, and it offers them supplemental income while they are enrolled in higher education institutions or if they have recently graduated. In addition, the program provides financial incentives for local employers to utilize interns in high demand industries in order to meet their workforce needs.

CareerEdge will reimburse employers up to $1,500 per intern. Employers must pay a minimum of $10.00/hour to participating students. Funding will be awarded through grants offered by CareerEdge once the program is completed, all feedback forms have been received, and proof of wages are submitted.

This work experience and internship reimbursement program is made possible through grants from JP Morgan Chase, Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation. CareerEdge was awarded this funding to help close the industry skill gaps in the region, and to address the lack of tangible work experience many students face.

Employers, please click on the “Employer Application” tab above.

Students, please click on the “Student Application” tab above.

Employer Application

Application requirements for Employers: 

* This is not an internship referral service; employers are responsible for identifying and selecting their own interns.

  • Employer must be located in one of the following Counties: Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas, Sarasota.
  • Employer must pay a minimum of $10.00/hour to participating students.
  • Funding will be awarded through grants offered by CareerEdge once the internship program is completed, all feedback forms have been received, and proof of wages are submitted.
  • Employer must have job openings and provide a meaningful, skills-based internship experience.
  • A maximum of 3 internship reimbursements allowed per organization.
  • Students must be U.S. citizens, 18 years or older.
  • Students must currently be attending a college or technical school, or have recently graduated.
  • Students must be Florida residents or attend a Florida college or technical school.
  • Employer must fall into one of the following industry categories:
          • Manufacturing
          • Healthcare
          • Financial Services/Risk Management
          • Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
          • Computer Science and Information Technology
          • Construction
Student Application

Application requirements for Interns:

* This is not an internship referral service; students are responsible for identifying and selecting internship opportunities.

    • Employer must be located in the following Counties: Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas, Sarasota.
    • Employer must pay a minimum of $10.00/hour to participating students.
    • Students must be U.S. citizens, 18 years or older.
    • Students must currently be attending a college or technical school, or have recently graduated.
    • Students must be Florida residents or attend a Florida college or technical school.
Educator Contacts

Keiser University
Violeta Huesman
Phone: (941) 907-3900 ext. 233
Email: vhuesman@keiseruniversity.edu

Manatee Technical College
Martha Meyers
Phone: (941) 751-7900 ext. 1022
Email: meyersm@manateeschools.net

St. Petersburg College
Jason Krupp, Ph.D.
Phone: (727) 341-3019
Email: internships@spcollege.edu
SPC Internship Office: www.spcollege.edu/intern/

State College of Florida
Bradenton Campus

Jamie Fischer
Phone:  (941) 752-5259
Email:  fischej@scf.edu

Venice Campus
Michele Groves, M.B.A.
Phone:  (941) 408-1436
Email:  grovesm@scf.edu

Suncoast Technical College
Kelsey Roehr
Phone: (941) 924.1365 ext. 62449
Email: kelsey.roehr@sarasotacountyschools.net

University of Florida Innovation Station
Jason Krywko
Email: jkrywko@eng.ufl.edu
Phone: 941.217.4264
Website: https://www.eng.ufl.edu/flexstation/extension-and-outreach/uf-innovation-stations/sarasota/

University of South Florida – Sarasota/Manatee
Ben Heins
Phone: (941) 359.4357
Email: heins@sar.usf.edu

University of South Florida – Tampa
Lynn Chisholm
(813) 974-5350
Email: lynnchisholm@usf.edu