Summer’s Here – Make a Splash with an Internship Grant

July 5, 2024

Summer internships are already at their midpoint. Did you remember to submit your Internship Grant applications for the lucky students spending their summer learning about mechanical contracting at your office? What could your company do with $1,000 to enhance your internship program that would create a splash around the office?

Ideas for 1-2 Interns

  • Offset their salary 
  • Offer a housing subsidy, if they are from out of your area 
  • Reward performance with a bonus 
  • Develop individual scholarships 

Ideas for Larger Groups of Interns

  • Order company swag
  • Provide technology upgrades
  • Participate in gift card raffles 
  • Schedule a Lunch and Learn
  • Pair up with mentors for social outings
  • Team up with an MCAA company for an intern dodgeball / baseball match (with treats)
  • Gather for an end of summer celebration

Internship Grant (Part 1):

  • Submit an application for each intern. 
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Companies with one intern are eligible for a $1,000 grant OR companies with two or more interns may receive a $2,000 grant.

Internship Grant (Part 2):

Then, once your intern is hired full-time post-graduation, come back and submit a Part 2 form for a $500 gift card to present to the new hire.  Keep in mind, new hire conversions are unlimited, but the name must have previously been included on a Part 1 list.  Part 2 applications may not be submitted until after the new hire’s full-time start date.

MCAA thanks the John R. Gentille Foundation for its support in underwriting many of the activities of the MCAA Career Development Initiative. Chief among these is an internship program that allows mechanical contractors to identify and evaluate potential full-time hires for their companies.

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