How Can Employers Support Indiana Students?

How Can Employers Support Indiana Students?

Many of America’s employers are struggling to find the right candidates to fill positions in their organizations. According to the Indiana Chamber of Commerce annual statewide workforce survey, 74% of businesses acknowledged the challenge in finding qualified employees, and 24% identified this as the biggest challenge they face.

Employers, you can help develop the workforce by providing opportunities for students to learn about career options in Indiana, supporting Indiana’s adult student population, and offering valuable skill-building internships.
Check out the easy steps you can take to help build the next generation of Hoosier talent.

1. Support Returning Adult Students

Over two million Hoosier adults need additional skills to compete in the 21st century workforce. To help more Hoosiers gain these skills, Indiana has two financial aid opportunities for working-age adults: You Can. Go Back. and Next Level Jobs. Whether you’re a Hoosier looking for a better-paying job or an employer looking for a better-skilled workforce, You Can. Go Back. and Next Level jobs support adult students and Indiana’s economic growth.

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2. Host an Intern

Data show that internships are the number one college experience that leads to a job. If you’re looking to host an intern, check out Work and Learn Indiana. Their site matches your requirements with students looking for an internship in your community. And, consider hosting an EARN Indiana intern. EARN Indiana is the state’s work-study program. Students with financial need have access to resume-building, paid internships, while employers receive state matching funds – 50% of the student’s hourly rate – for hiring these students.

3. Get Connected in your Community

There are a lot of ways you can give back to your community. Consider becoming a mentor. Or, get involved with initiatives aimed at boosting college and career readiness and postsecondary attainment. Contact your local school district, chamber or community to start.


July 29, 2021 is Indiana Intern Day! Join Indiana INTERNnet and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education in celebrating Indiana’s interns. We’re asking employers, educators and community organizations to commit to recognizing your interns online, particularly on social media, as we acknowledge the value and impact of interns and internship programs.

Make sure your organization pledges to participate in Indiana Intern Day by filling out the online pledge form. You’ll receive a digital toolkit with sample social media posts, graphics and ways to celebrate your intern once you’ve signed up.

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Make sure to use the hashtag #INinternDay and tag @LearnMoreIN and @IndianaINTERN in your Facebook and Twitter posts!



More than one million jobs must be filled in Indiana over the next 10 years. To help Hoosier employers fill these jobs, Indiana has created the Employer Training Grant. The Employer Training Grant reimburses employers who train, hire, and retain new or incumbent workers to fill in-demand positions within recognized job fields. The grant will reimburse employers up to $5,000 per employee who is trained, hired, and retained for six months, up to $50,000 per employer.

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