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Many Paths, One Future Internship Grant Program

Are you a student looking for work experience - but can’t afford to work without pay?

  • 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.

To apply

High School student

  • A high school student contacts their school counselor.
  • The school counselor contacts the Structured Learning Experience (SLE) Coordinator or Cooperative Education Coordinator (CEC) to initiate the Structured Learning Experience.
  • 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 connects with an employer to establish the paid internship.
  • 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.

Application for High School Students

College student

  • A student contacts their school’s placement office.
  • The school determines the student’s eligibility.
  • The student connects with an employer to establish the internship.

Application for College Students

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