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Many Paths, One Future Internship Program for Schools

Are you a career counselor struggling to place students into paid internships?

  • 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.

High School

  • The Structured Learning Experience (SLE) Coordinator or Cooperative Education Coordinator (CEC) works with student to establish goals/objectives and explore the possibilities of the the Structured Learning Experience.
  • SLE Coordinator or CEC connects with the employer to establish a paid internship.
  • SLE Coordinator or CEC completes all required forms for placing a student in the Structured Learning Experience and provides the student with working papers

Application for high school students


  • School establishes internship with employer and student(s) deemed eligible

Application for college students

To apply

  • School or employer submits internship application to LWD to apply for grant.
  • LWD determines eligibility and provides high school and employer with decision letter.
  • Employer electronically acknowledges agreement and contract is established by LWD.
  • LWD pays 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% of adults in New Jersey have a post-secondary degree or industry-valued credential by 2025. Currently, only 50.2% 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, contact

Melinda Benson