Early Analysis Highlights Promise of Career Ready Internships
New Issue Brief Examines Programs Success and Challenges
Internships are a powerful tool for students. They provide real-world skills and lead to better job opportunities after graduation. But many low-income students can only afford to take advantage of an internship opportunity if they get paid for the work, which puts them at a disadvantage. Colleges can address this equity issue and create more paid internship opportunities by covering the cost of intern wages. Through our Career Ready Internship (CRI) Grants, Great Lakes provides colleges with the funds to do that. But perhaps more important, the CRI program aims to discover and help colleges understand what it takes to implement a successful paid internship program, and ultimately help more students complete their credential or degree well-prepared for a good job.
To that end, we enlisted the social policy think tank MDRC to evaluate our biggest Career Ready Internship project to date—$12.2 million over three years awarded to 33 colleges and universities in Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. In September, MDRC published an issue brief highlighting some of their early findings regarding how colleges are implementing the CRI program and how its features compares to other internship programs. Read it here.