Rep. Ashford Announces Funds For Toledo Chamber Of Commerce
Over $400,000 to support internship program

COLUMBUS –State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) announced today that the State Controlling Board has released funds in the amount of $428,571, to create an internship program with the Toledo Chamber of Commerce. The Toledo Chamber of Commerce is one of eight partner organizations receiving funds from the Ohio Third Frontier Internship Program (OTFIP) for high-tech internship placement throughout Ohio.

The goals of the internship program are to develop a pool of talented workers for Ohio’s businesses, create enriching student work experiences, and assist students in obtaining permanent full-time employment in Ohio after graduation. The program links Ohio students with rewarding internship opportunities that provide great hands-on experience within Ohio’s private sector business community.

 “In today’s workforce internships seem to be the prerequisite to gaining meaningful employment,” said Rep. Ashford. “Students participating in internship programs like the OTFIP are more likely to find employment immediately after graduating, than those who do not have internship experience on their resumes.”

The OTFIP will reimburse up to 50 percent of an intern’s wages or up to $3,000 for a 12 month period. Eligible students must be in their sophomore year at a technology, community, or four year college, or a Master’s or Doctoral candidate enrolled in degree programs with a high-tech curriculum. After graduation, the Toledo Chamber will have the opportunity to offer full-time employment to an individual who is well prepared for a future career with the organization.

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