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Commonwealth Innovative Internship Fund and Program

Round 3 Call for Proposals
Institutional Readiness: Internship and Work-Based Learning 

Fast Facts

Overview:  In 2018, the Virginia General Assembly appropriated funding to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to stimulate public colleges and universities to develop partnerships to provide innovative paid internship opportunities for their students. In 2019, the effort was expanded and enacted into law as the Innovative Internship Fund and Program. The purpose of the program is to expand paid and credit-bearing student internships and other work-based learning opportunities in collabora­tion with Virginia employers. The program comprises institutional grants and a state­wide initiative to facilitate the readiness of students, employers and institutions of higher education to participate in internship and other work-based learning opportunities. The focus of Round 3 is to support the readiness of public institutions of higher education to affordably scale high-quality paid internships and other work-based learning opportunities.

For the Round 3 competition, presidents of public institutions should convene a task force to develop an experiential learning vision for students at their institutions, determine institutional priorities and design strategies to implement the highest priority initiatives needed to achieve the vision over time. The final deliverable is a comprehensive plan submitted to SCHEV at the end of the grant period.

Please see full instructions for details regarding limited submission rules, task force membership requirements, deliverables and more.

Proposals Due: January 20, 2020 or April 1, 2020
Estimated Start Date: April 1, 2020 or June 15, 2020
Length of Award: 12 months
Number of Grants: To be determined
Award Amount: up to $25,000

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