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Applications for NCI internships accepted

Sunday, December 1, 2013

A New College Institute (NCI) summer internship program designed to help the Henry County-Martinsville area retain its young professionals and attract new ones is entering its seventh year.

Applications for 2014 internships now are being accepted.

The program allows college students to gain work experience, and it can open doors to local jobs after they graduate, said Katie Croft, NCI’s coordinator of experiential learning.

Funded by the New College Foundation — NCI’s private fundraising arm — as well as The Harvest Foundation and local employers, the program offers paid, hands-on work experience at local businesses and organizations.

In the past, Croft said, interns have sought experience in fields such as engineering, health care, entrepreneurship and community development.

The program lets local employers “reap benefits of recruiting and test-driving talent at a low-cost investment,” she said.

“NCI’s Internship program is designed for college students to gain hands-on experience in the workplace so they are better prepared for a job when they graduate,” said NCI Executive Director William Wampler.

“In particular,” he said, “the program targets industry with high-demand positions so that employers can recruit talented people and potentially fill employment gaps.”

Interns selected for the program will earn up to $4,000 during their summer internship experience, working 320 hours at a rate of $12.50 an hour between May and September. Employers must invest $1,000 toward the wages of first-time interns and $2,000 toward returning interns. The Harvest Foundation and the New College Foundation will pay the rest of the earnings.

According to Croft, the first step in applying for the NCI Summer Internship Program is for a student to identify a local employer who is willing to provide an internship. The student and employer then jointly apply to the program.

Students can apply for internship experiences in any career field. NCI will keep an ongoing list of potential employers interested in hosting interns.

Also, for guidance in choosing an employer, students can contact Croft at or Autumn Morris, NCI’s internship program coordinator, at

Students are encouraged, however, to independently seek from employers options for internships that match their skills and career interests, Croft said.

While local students represent the majority of interns, for the second year the program will be available to students from outside the Henry County-Martinsville area.

Housing will be provided for students from elsewhere. Housing qualifications are featured in the NCI Summer Internship Program Guidelines & Application for 2014.

“It is important to showcase rewarding job opportunities in this community to college students who are from Martinsville and Henry County, and equally important to tell our story to people from outside of this community,” said Croft.

“Whether the interns are ‘homegrown’ ... or ‘transplants’ that are looking for a great place to live and work, the NCI Summer Internship Program is one tool in a community effort to attract and retain young professionals that can ultimately benefit the local workforce and the community,” she added.

From 6-7 p.m. Dec. 16, NCI will host an information session on the internship program at its King Building at 30 Franklin St. in uptown Martinsville. The session is open to interested students and employers. It will provide an overview of internship opportunities as well as guidance and resources for applying.

Students and local employers interested in applying can access guidelines to applying online at Guidelines will be found on the website within the tab labeled “Community Outreach” and next, within the link “Internship Opportunities.”

Employers who wish to apply with a student also may send NCI a description for an internship position and NCI can post the position description on its website, Croft said.

Any student and employer must jointly apply by Feb. 28. Croft said there will be no deadline extensions.

For more information, email Croft or call her at 403-5609.


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