A new Virginia program gives internship opportunities to students of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while providing employers access to a pool of potential employees. The program, called the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP), was announced Sept. 27 as a way to match employers with students while promoting local industry.

“The Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program works in concert with the governor’s focus on growing opportunity for more Virginians. CSIIP will provide the much-needed quality STEM students to employers while giving those students the access to the experience they will need to succeed,” Virginia Secretary of Education Laura Fornash said. “By providing quality opportunities for the next generation of Virginia leaders in the STEM industry, this program will make the critical connection between Virginia’s exceptional STEM students and Virginia’s growing high-tech business community.”

Funded by Virginia and the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, the program will create a centralized, online application system that will give students free access to paid summer internships. After creating a single application, students can apply to hundreds of Virginia-based companies at once or narrow their focus by applying to companies individually. The application process will open on Nov. 1 to students who are taking at least 12 credit hours per semester at an accredited Virginia university, college or community college, or an accredited out-of-state college or university.

More information can be found on the Virginia Space Grant Consortium website.