Innovation and Commercialization

Small Company Internship Award (SCIA)

Built on collaboration between Michigan’s leading research universities and supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN) is a statewide university network designed to create partnerships that connect state industry to critical university talent in ways that will help the Michigan economy grow and prosper. One component of the MCRN is the Small Company Internship Award Program (SCIA).

What is SCIA?

The SCIA program provides funding to help small businesses hire university students to work as interns on projects that are both beneficial to the company and academically relevant to the student. Especially targeted toward Michigan businesses in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields, the SCIA program is designed to increase students’ exposure to innovative processes and products emerging from companies that employ high-skill workers and to encourage student job placements with innovative and dynamic Michigan companies after graduation.

Funding Details

The SCIA is a matching grant program which provides one-to-one funding for a 12-week internship position.  Companies looking to hire students can receive 50% of what they pay their intern, up to $3,500.

Check out this video, Keeping Our Grads in Michigan, showcasing the SCIA program and its success connecting Michigan talent with growing small businesses.

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To be eligible for the SCIA program, companies must be:

  • Michigan-based, with significant business operations in the state
  • a small business, with a maximum of 500 employees total in all locations

Prioritized preference will be given to companies that:

  • focus on innovative work in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields
  • have not yet received a SCIA award, OR
  • have received a SCIA AND hired their intern on a part- or full-time basis

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 SCIA timeline - January and February Call for applications, applications due, awardees announced, signed award letters due, Michigan Tech career fair, April companies interview and hire interns, confirmation of hire date, May through August, internship period, mid-term reporting survey, final reporting form due, September intern survey and award checks mailed to companies