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InternNE

InternNE Logo The Intern Nebraska (InternNE) program connects college students and employers from across the state, providing a unique opportunity for them to co-invest in the future. Interns gain valuable business experience that will help them in future careers, while successful internships help businesses develop tomorrow’s leaders. Internships create lasting connections between students and the region; more than 50% of interns become full-time employees at their place of internship, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

InternNE.com

InternNE.com is the premier source for paid internships across the state of Nebraska! Post your internships, search for candidates, and manage your InternNE grant funds using this portal. Any business may post paid, quality internships and any student may search for internship opportunities on InternNE.com.

InternNE Grant Program

The InternNE (Intern Nebraska) Grant Program provides financial assistance to companies in Nebraska who are creating new internships.

InternNE Qualified Action Plan Amendment 2016-2017 .PDF

InternNE Grant Program Guidelines.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Grant Level and Eligibility:

How much money can my business receive?

Businesses who are awarded grants receive up to a 50% reimbursement of what they pay their intern, up to $5,000 per internship. Businesses that hire students receiving Federal Pell Grants may provide a supplemental application and may be awarded a grant of up to 75% and an additional $2,500 per internship.

Is my business eligible to receive a grant?

Eligible applicants are businesses with physical operations facilities in Nebraska, including for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations. State and federal government entities, governmental subdivisions and public and private colleges and universities are not eligible.

What are the requirements for the internships I create?

Eligible internships are:

  • Employment of a student in a professional or technical position for a limited period of time in which the student (a) gains valuable work experience, (b) increase knowledge that assists with career decision-making, and (c) assists the business in accelerating short-term business objectives
  • Pay at least state minimum wage
  • Are of a sufficient duration to allow students to gain valuable work experience

Businesses with 100 or more employees must create new internships. New internships are those that are above the internship baseline (highest number of interns during the past 12 months) or are within a division or department that has not employed an intern in the past 12 months. Participating businesses who have hired a recent intern as a full-time, permanent employee may retain their previous baseline in subsequent applications.

How many internships can I create?

Businesses may be awarded up to 5 interns per location and up to 10 company-wide per grant fiscal year. Also, interns cannot constitute more than 50% of the company’s Nebraska workforce (there must be at least one Nebraska-based employee for every awarded internship).

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Interns:

When can I hire my intern?

You may hire your student any time after you have submitted your grant application and before your Hiring Period End Date. However, if your intern starts prior to your contract start date, you will only be reimbursed for the wages that you pay between your contract start date and contract end date.

If your business has less than 100 employees you may be approved for an intern that you hired prior to submitting you grant application. In these cases, the intern must have started their internship within the 3 months prior to when you submitted your application.

Who can I hire for the internship?

Eligible Students are students who are enrolled full-time in a college, university, or other institution of higher education, or

Students who have recently graduated from a post-secondary college, university, or other institution of higher education are also eligible as long as they apply to the internship within 6 months after they graduated.

Eligible Students are students who are in eleventh or twelfth grade in a public or private high school.

What does my intern need to do?

Once the intern has been hired, they must self-verify their eligibility by completing and submitting the Student Verification Form online at InternNE.com (all interns need to have a profile on InternNE.com). Your interns should navigate to the 'InternNE Forms' tab located within their 'Profile' section and select "add new" in order to complete the Student Verification Form.

At the completion of the internship or contract period, the student must complete a student Evaluation Form. The Evaluation Form is located within the student's 'Profile' section, in the 'InternNE Forms' tab. The student will need to select 'Student Evaluation Form' listed next to their current internship on the right hand side.

Do I have to use InternNE.com to hire my intern?

You are not required to hire your intern using InternNE.com. However, businesses are required to create an internship posting on InternNE.com as part of the application process. When you create the posting you will need to indicate if and when you would like the posting to be listed live on the site for students to see and submit applications. If you find your intern using a method other than InternNE.com the student will still need to create an account on InternNE.com in order to submit their required forms for the Grant Program.

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Application:

When should I apply?

You should apply to the grant program prior to hiring your intern. Applications are reviewed every two months and you must have all required materials submitted by the Application Deadline.

Application Date

Application Deadline

Application Review Date

Contract Start Date

Contract End Date

May 1 - June 30 June 30 July 1 July 15 July 15
July 1 – August 31 August 31 September 1 September 15 September 15
September 1 - October 31 October 31 November 1 November 15 November 15
November 1 - December 31 December 31 January 1 January 15 January 15
January 1 - February 28/29 February 28/29 March 1 March 15 March 15
March 1 - April 30 April 30 May 1 May 15 May 15

For more information about this schedule, including a detailed description of each of these columns, please see the InternNE Grant Program Guidelines

How do I apply?

  1. Read the InternNE Grant Program Guidelines
    These guidelines are also available within your Document Library on InternNE.com
  2. Register your business on InternNE.com
  3. Create Internships
    On InternNE.com, click on the ‘Internships’ tab and then the ‘Add New’ button. All internships must have a description, location and wage stated in order to be reviewed with your InternNE application. Please be sure to specify if and when you would like your internship to be posted live (and viewable to students).
  4. Submit Application
    On InternNE.com, click on the ‘InternNE Grant Application’ tab and select the Application. If you see more than one application, please use the current application.

For more information check out the Document Library in your InternNE.com account.

How does the Department decide whether to approve my application?

The Department reviews applications competitively and may preference internships with these attributes:

  • Include opportunities to develop internship goals that are related to the professional goals of the intern
  • Include tasks and responsibilities that have a purpose beyond advancing the operations of the employer or that is work that a regular employee would routinely perform
  • Include minimal menial tasks
  • Would require an associates or bachelor’s degree if the position were a full-time permanent position rather than an internship
  • Provide a diverse learning experience
  • Provide a mentor or supervisor that will work closely with the intern
  • Provide compensation above the minimum requirement
  • Falls within the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields
  • Falls within an industry or business with a significant economic impact in the project area
  • Located outside of Lancaster, Douglas or Sarpy Counties (the importance of state support for economic development in rural and economically distressed areas will be taken into account)

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Process and Requirements:

After I apply, what’s next?

The Department will review all complete applications starting on the next Application Review Date (see chart above under ‘When should I apply’). The Department will contact you if we have any questions and notify you whether you application has been approved or denied.

  1. Application Approval - Receive Notice of Award
    You will receive a formal Notice of Award or Notice of Denial via email. Afterwards, your award information will be visible to the company's primary contact within the 'InternNE Grant Award Information' section.
  2. Contract Start Date
    Your contract will start on the 15th day of the review month.
  3. Execute Contract
    A contract will be created and funds will be reserved for one year from the contract start date. Once the contract is provided to you via email, please print, sign and mail the original to the Department. We can accept facsimiles of the W9 & ACH Enrollment Form; please email the completed form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  4. Hiring Interns
    A business may hire an intern at any time during the Hiring Period; Hiring periods will be defined in the contract but are typically 6 months following the contract start date.
  5. Student Completes Student Verification Form
    Once the intern has been hired, they must self-verify their eligibility by completing and submitting the Student Verification Form online at InternNE.com (all interns need to have a profile on InternNE.com). Your interns should navigate to the 'InternNE Forms' tab located within their 'Profile' section and select "add new" in order to complete the Student Verification Form.
  6. Complete the Internship
  7. Student Completes the Student Evaluation Form
    At the completion of the internship or contract period, the student must complete a student Evaluation Form. The Evaluation Form is located within the student's 'Profile' section, in the 'InternNE Forms' tab. The student will need to select 'Student Evaluation Form' listed next to their current internship on the right hand side.
  8. Complete the Internship Completion and Request for Reimbursement Form
    The Internship Completion and Request for Reimbursement Form is located within your 'InternNE Grant Program Forms' section, select "Completion Form For This Student."
  9. Submit payroll records
    Payroll records must be provided to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in order for your reimbursement request to be processed. Payroll records must show the student's total wages, hours and weeks worked.
  10. Receive reimbursement deposit
    Once all of your documentation is submitted and reviewed by staff you will receive an email confirmation. The requested amount is typically deposited within 10 to 15 business days after approval.

What documentation is required?

In order to meet the terms of the contract, the business will be required to submit:

  1. A completed application
  2. Internship position descriptions
  3. An original executed contract
  4. A W9 & ACH Enrollment Form
  5. Student Verification Forms (submitted by the students)
  6. Student Evaluation Forms (submitted by the students)
  7. Internship Completion/Request for Reimbursement Forms
  8. Payroll records (documenting the student’s total wages, hours and weeks worked)

What is the Contract Period?

The contract period is one year. All costs must be incurred within the 12-month Contract Period.

How and when do I get reimbursed?

Businesses may be reimbursed at the end of each internship or at the end of your last approved internship. If an internship extends beyond the end of your contract period you should request reimbursement at the end of your contract period.

To request reimbursement:

  1. Verify that you have an executed contract (if your contract has not been executed, please sign and mail an original copy of the contract, along with the W9 & ACH Enrollment Form)
  2. Log into InternNE.com
  3. Click on ‘InternNE Grant Program Forms’
  4. Find your intern and click on ‘Completion Form for this Student’
  5. Submit the Completion Form
  6. Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the intern’s payroll records (documenting the intern’s total wages, hours and weeks worked); if you uploaded your payroll records to the Completion Form you must still notify the department that you have submitted your Completion Form

What should I do if I cannot find my intern listed under my InternNE.com account?

You should see a list of all of your interns on InternNE.com when you click on ‘InternNE Grant Program Forms.’ If you do not see your intern listed it likely means the intern did not submit their required Student Verification Form. Please ask your student to create an account on InternNE.com and submit a Student Verification Form.

How do I verify the status of my contract?

Once approved, your award information will be visible on InternNE.com by your company’s primary contact. On InternNE.com, click on ‘InternNE Grant Award Information.’

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PELL GRANT RECIPIENTS:

How does my grant increase if I hire a Pell Grant recipient?

Businesses that hire students receiving Federal Pell Grants may provide a supplemental application and may be awarded a grant of up to 75% and an additional $2,500 per internship above their original award (50% reimbursement, up to $5,000). This increase would only apply to the internship(s) that is filled by a Pell Grant recipient.

For example, a business is initially awarded 2 positions with a maximum reimbursement of $5,000 per internships. If the business hires 2 interns and 1 is a Pell Grant recipient, the business may apply for a supplemental grant for the 1 position filled by a Pell Grant recipient. If approved, the business would have 1 position at a 50% reimbursement with a maximum reimbursement of $5,000 and a second position at a 75% reimbursement with a maximum of $7,500.

How do I apply for a Supplemental Grant (Pell Grant recipient amendment)?

On InternNE.com, click on the ‘InternNE Grant Application’ tab and select the ‘Supplemental Grant Application.’

What documentation is required for a Supplemental Grant (Pell Grant recipient amendment)?

If your Supplemental Grant application is approved you will be notified by the Department. At this point, the Department will request documentation that the intern has received a Federal Pell Grant. Most often, this documentation is a copy of the intern’s Student Aid Report (SAR), which they receive after completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This report should state that they are receiving a Pell Grant. The documentation should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The SAR will also have some personal information that the student may prefer to keep confidential. Please let the student know that they are welcome to submit the report directly to the Department if they prefer.

After documentation has been provided to the Department, the Department will provide you with a letter-form amendment to your original InternNE contract.

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InternNE Grant Program Flyer
InternNE Qualified Action Plan 2016-2017
InternNE Qualified Action Plan Public Comments and Responses

Internship Resources

The Employer Guidebook to Developing a Successful Internship Program provides tips on creating an engaging internship for students as well as an effective program for the business. This Guidebook also includes sample job descriptions and letters to help you get started.

Nebraska College Career Services Association (NCCSA) - A great resource to find internship candidates is the Nebraska colleges and university Career Services departments. The NCCSA represents most Nebraska colleges and universities and provides opportunities to contact specific schools or advertise job vacancies through their listserv.

National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) - NACE connects campus recruiting and career services professionals, and provides best practices, trends, research, professional development, and conferences. Their mission is to facilitate the employment of the college educated.

Contact

For any InternNE.com or InternNE Grant Program questions, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • General Grant Questions & Grant Application Process: Rose Baker | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 402-471-1559
  • Grant Reimbursement Process: Lori Shaal | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 402-471-3780
  • General InternNE.com or Grant Questions & Promotion: Rose Baker | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 402-471-1559

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