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Many Paths, One Future Internship Grant Program

Are you an employer in need of interns but concerned about costs?

  • The Many Paths, One Future Internship Grant program will reimburse employers 50 percent of wages paid to new interns, up to $1,500 per student.
  • Awards are available for up to 1,000 students on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Internships must be in one of New Jersey's key industries: Advanced Manufacturing; Construction & Utilities; Financial Services; Health Care; Life Sciences; Retail, Hospitality & Tourism; Technology; or Transportation, Logistics & Distribution.
  • Student interns must be enrolled in a New Jersey high school, college, or university and are subject to their school's internship eligibility requirements.

Checklist for Employers

Please ensure you meet the following requirements before you apply.

  • Contributions to New Jersey unemployment and disability insurance taxes
    If you are not currently paying state unemployment and disability insurance taxes, contact the Division of Employer Accounts at 609-633-6400 for information.
  • Company liability to the Department of the Treasury must be $750 or less
    If you have an existing liability, contact the Division of Employer Accounts for information and payment options 609-633-6400.
  • The employer cannot be considered a government entity
    Any business receiving state or federal funding for day-to-day operations (not including grants) is not eligible.
  • Registration with the Department of the Treasury via online NJSTART system
    In order to conduct business with and receive reimbursement payments from the State of New Jersey, you must register your W-9 online at https://www.njstart.gov/bso. If you have questions, call the NJSTART help desk at 609-341-3500.

 

To apply

For high school students

  • An employer contacts their local high school Principal or School Counselor.
  • The School Principal or Counselor contacts the Structured Learning Experience (SLE) Coordinator or Cooperative Education Coordinator (CEC) to initiate the Structured Learning Experience and connect with the employer to establish a paid internship.
  • The SLE Coordinator or CEC works with the student to establish goals/objectives and explore the possibilities of the Structured Learning Experience.
  • The SLE Coordinator or CEC completes all required forms for placing a student in the Structured Learning Experience and provides the student with their working papers.
  • Either the school or the employer submits an application to LWD to apply for the grant.

Application for High School Students

For college students

  • Employer or association contacts the college or university’s placement office.
  • School establishes internship with student(s) deemed eligible.
  • Either the school or the employer submits an application to LWD to apply for the grant.

Application for College Students

After the application is submitted

  • LWD determines eligibility and provides the school and the employer with a decision letter.
  • The employer electronically acknowledges the agreement and a contract is established by LWD.
  • LWD pays the employer on a cost-reimbursement basis.

About Many Paths, One Future

Many Paths, One Future is a collaborative initiative between the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the New Jersey Department of Education, and the Office of Higher Education. The shared goal of these three agencies is to ensure that 65 percent of adults in New Jersey have a post-secondary degree or industry-valued credential by 2025. Currently, only 50.2 percent of the workforce meets that criteria.

As part of the Many Paths, One Future initiative, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development commits to invest $1.5 million to assist high school and college students in obtaining paid internships.

For more information

Melinda Benson
609-292-5462
Internships@dol.nj.gov