Ohio Third Frontier offers paid internship program spring and summer 2016

otf_internship_ohio_unversity_nov_2015_11x17.pngOhio Third Frontier is relaunching its paid internship program to connect students, especially those from minority and traditionally underrepresented groups, with internship opportunities in small, innovative technology companies.

Interested in applying? An information session on these paid internships will be held 11 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 20, in the Baker University Center Amanda J. Cunningham Leadership Center. This session will be hosted by TechGROWTH Ohio and the Center for Entrepreneurship.

Ohio Third Frontier, part of the Ohio Development Services Agency, fosters the creation and growth of start-up companies in the software, medical technologies, advanced materials and other high-tech industries. This network includes mentors, investors, nonprofit organizations and hundreds of early stage technology companies across the state.

Who they’re looking for:

  • Students pursuing degrees ranging from the associate level through the doctoral level
    • Students from minority and traditionally underrepresented populations preferred
  • Students from all disciplines
    • STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), marketing, business and/or communications background preferred
  • Students with the following character traits:
    • Desire to learn – The ability and willingness to learn new skills as needed
    • Ability to thrive amidst ambiguity – Tolerance for an unstructured environment and ability to self-select tasks and projects
    • Passion – A personal connection with the company mission and their contribution to it
    • Scrappiness and grit – Ability to get things done, despite difficulty, setbacks and resource constraints
    • Willingness to put company before oneself – Makes decisions based on what is best for the company
    • Excellence at collaboration – Ability to work as part of a team

Program details:

  • Recruiting for 2016 spring and/or summer semesters
  • Internships will last between three and 12 months
  • Internships will be located across the state
  • Qualified candidates will be matched with companies mainly from the Ohio Third Frontier network and portfolio, but the program is open to all qualified Ohio companies
  • Paid up to $10,000 per internship with a $5,000 contribution from company, leading to a possible $15,000 internship opportunity
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