The Internship Institute is an impact-driven non-profit organization dedicated to “Making Internships Matter” by bridging the gaps between college and employment. Its mission is one of opportunity creation by connecting education, employment and economic development in ways that cultivate prosperity for individuals, organizations, communities and the economy overall.
Its vision is to assure program quality through internship certification, foster job readiness among the emerging workforce, make graduates more employable, provide upward mobility for disadvantaged youth and align career pathways for those in pursuit of lifelong success.
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 standardizes best practices, provides work sites with the talent to thrive and enables interns with the skills training, mentoring and job readiness to make them more employable.
*U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment Training Administration (ETA) Workforce Investment Regional Economic Development Fund (WIRED)
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 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 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.
“We found the Seeding Initiative to be very beneficial. It allowed us to give a boost to the blossoming careers of these young people and help them refine their professional aspirations. We also hired two interns full-time upon their graduation.”
“The program offered by The Internship Institute made finding qualified candidates a much easier process. We continue to average about 6 interns per year and have hired 2 interns since participating [in the Seeding Initiative]. We also pay other former interns as contract employees when needed.”
“The Seeding Initiative worked well for us. It covered the cost of the training program for five interns. We liked the results so much that we paid out-of-pocket to train another seven interns that year and have had and hired many more since.”
“The [Seeding] program showed us how to fold internships into our core business strategy and as a pipeline for new hires. Our interns have helped us get things done that we couldn’t achieve otherwise and have made a significant impact on the business. We believe that real work commands real pay. We’ve since brought on about 18-20 former interns full-time, most of whom remain with the company.”
“The Internship Seeding Initiative is an innovative economic development project. It brings about a profound synergy that bridges the gaps between education, business, industry, economic and workforce development agencies and the students they serve and inspire.”
“It has helped us to develop and maintain a stronger internship program. We still rely on the training materials to implement the best practices. We’ve hired two former interns to work for us and continue to have at least two paid interns every year to assist with grant writing, event planning, public relations, accounting and site selector relations and decisions.”
“The Seeding Initiative started us off with two interns. We now have more than 25 per year and continue to branch out internships in other departments. We’ve also hired nearly 15 former interns as lab technicians, electrical engineers, process control engineers and expect that practice to continue for other positions.”
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.
“Our model is to hire U.S. veterans who serve as our boots on the ground to ‘plant’ great internships. These grow into more and more great jobs and help businesses thrive. For non-profits, we unite the need for hands-on experience with that for helping hands to do all-the-more charitable good. Our vets will also build the actual talent pipeline and expand our purpose to involve job placement. Inevitably, the social impact of ‘Making Internships Matter’ will be exponentially beneficial and fulfill the missing link to revive The American Dream itself.”