Intern Challenge Takes Aim at Employers

State-wide initiative prepares future workforce


Intern Challenge Takes Aim at Employers

internshipInternships are often a major source of education for high school and college students preparing to enter the workforce. Internships range as much as business itself, from paid internships to those offering academic credit. In internships, students gain marketable skills and real-life experiences while helping Texas businesses fill high-demand jobs.

As part of Governor Greg Abbott’s charge to address education and workforce outcomes, the Texas Internship Challenge was launched in February 2017. The challenge charges industry, employer and other partners to offer multiple paid internships to Texas high school and college students. In turn, the initiative makes these internships easily accessible to Texas students on one centralized accessible website.

One year after the launch of the Texas Internship Challenge, the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Education Agency and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board are reaffirming their commitment to their pledge to work in partnership with employers and educational institutions across Texas. These internships provide employers an opportunity to convey workplace skills to students. They also showcase the advantages of working for these companies and their industries. This is a unique opportunity to highlight careers in Texas industries.

The Texas Internship Challenge is calling on Texas employers to join it in helping the future understand the broad range of opportunities available to them in a growing Texas economy. All employers, large and small, can join efforts in expanding the skills of Texas students, our future workforce. The challenge encourages employers to offer paid or for-credit applied learning opportunities.

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