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There’s No Substitute for Experience

The Internship Institute bridges the gaps between College and Employment

The Internship Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to Making Internships Matter by bridging the gaps between college and employment. Its mission is to connect education, employment and economic development in ways that remedy societal ills and cultivate prosperity for individuals, organizations, communities and the economy.

Proven successful through a $375,000 federal grant*, the Seeding Initiative literally “plants” internships to give businesses and non-profits everything needed to develop successful programs that continue to grow into many more beneficial opportunities.

Internship Seeding InitiativeInternship Seeding involves step-by-step guidance to:

  • Make interns productive
  • Get mentors involved
  • Provide skills training
  • Promote job creation

*At just two participating companies, more than 40 interns [and counting] have been hired as full-time employees over the past five years. See Seeding Success Stories.

The Internship Institute

Making Every
Dollar Matter

Donation Distribution

  • 10% = Unpaid Intern Relief Fund
  • 20% = Employs Veterans and Disabled Americans
  • 30% = Job Creation (Internship Seeding)
  • 20% = Build Talent Pipeline (L.E.A.P.)
  • 10% = Education/Advocacy Programs
  • 10% = “Keep the Lights on Fund”

Internship Certification

Z University

Z University is the certifying body of The Internship Institute that aims to standardize best practices, give businesses and non-profits the talent to thrive and provide interns with the skills training, mentoring, and career preparation to make them more employable.

TrainingCorps

TrainingCorps employs honored military veterans and disabled Americans to certify the quality and integrity of internships and worthy of the academic credits that colleges award students.

ApprentiCorps

ApprentiCorps unites students in need of hands-on experience with non-profits in need of helping hands. Together they make internships matter more through mission-driven charitable good.

Education Advocacy Programs

LEAP logo

The Learning Experience Access Program (LEAP) takes aim at systemic change by building a “College-to-Work Talent Pipeline” with a network of training and placement centers funded by a portion of tuition that students pay colleges for academic credits.

Unpaid Intern Relief Fund

The Unpaid Intern Relief Fund enables socioeconomically disadvantaged students to intern at non-profit charities that cannot afford to pay wages.

Businesses for the Ethical Treatment of Interns

Businesses for the Ethical Treatment of Interns is an edgy awareness campaign designed to get people talking about internships in a positive way and realize how – with well-run programs – “Interns Can Do More.”

Your $10 Donation at Work

Make Every Dollar Work

with a Donation to the Internship Institute

  • 10% = Unpaid Intern Relief Fund
  • 20% = Employs Veterans and Disabled Americans
  • 30% = Job Creation (Internship Seeding)
  • 20% = Build Talent Pipeline (L.E.A.P.)
  • 10% = Education/Advocacy Programs
  • 10% = “Keep the Lights on Fund”

Matthew Zinman, Founder of The Internship Institute

About Our Founder

Matthew Zinman

Founder Matthew Zinman has made it his personal mission and professional ambition to ‘Make Internships Matter.’ Since launching his career with the help of four internships, he has managed and mentored well over 200 student interns. A frequent speaker and publisher, his passion and dedication to modernize internships and create opportunities for others remain unwavering.