This database was compiled by Kyle Zinth, policy analyst, ECS Information Clearinghouse. For questions, additions or corrections: 303.299.3689 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|State support for STEM mentoring and real work internship programs for students|
|Connecticut||Yes, 2006 legislation directed the the department of education to establish a "Generation Next" pilot program to provide industry-based job shadowing and internship experiences to high school students and externship experiences to teachers in the public schools. Authorizes the commissioner of education to award grants to local and regional boards of education, regional vocational-technical schools or business associations - in partnership with such boards of education or schools - for demonstration projects. Grants served as seed-money for programs, and all applicants must include in their applications an explanation on how the program will sustain itself following initial grant funds.|
Grants must be used for developing and implementing a coordinated high school level teacher externship and student job shadowing and internship program with science or mathematics or with technology intensive businesses in the state.
|District of Columbia||None identified|
|Florida||Yes, career academies enable students to simultaneously earn industry certification and a standard high school diploma. All career academies must provide a rigorous standards-based academic curriculum integrated with a career curriculum and include one or more partnerships with postsecondary institutions, businesses, industry, employers, economic development organizations or other appropriate partners from the local community.|
These partnerships must provide opportunities for:
Career academies can be established in a number of career clusters, including:
|Illinois||Yes, the purpose of the High Technology School-to-Work Program
is to increase the number of students exiting secondary and
postsecondary schools that enter occupations and advanced educational
programs that require advanced skills in the areas of science,
mathematics, and advanced technology. The program provides grants to
consortia of high technology businesses and local schools. Projects are
designed by partnerships among employers, employer associations and
schools to provide youth with work experience in high technology
occupations, combined with closely related classroom instruction.|
Proposals must designate a private sector employer, or employer-based intermediary organization, to serve as the grantee. This will ensure that the employer side of the partnership has the final approval over all aspects of the project. Proposals must also demonstrate that a strong and cooperative relationship exists between the grantee and the school(s) that represent the educational side of the partnership.
|Kentucky||Yes, among the responsibilities of the Kentucky Science and Technology Council is to coordinate, promote and support activities designed to develop additional learning experiences outside traditional classroom courses, to enhance interest in mathematics and science for high school students, including business and industry internships and mentorships and career awareness exploration.|
The department of education is responsible for promoting, supporting and assisting the council by:
|New Hampshire||None identified|
|New Jersey||None identified|
|New Mexico||None identified|
|New York||Yes, the Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) is designed to assist
eligible students in acquiring the skills, attitudes and abilities
necessary to pursue professional or pre-professional study in
post-secondary degree programs in scientific, technical and
health-related fields. Eligible
students are secondary school students who are either
economically disadvantaged or minorities historically underrepresented
in the scientific, technical, health and health-related professions.|
Individual postsecondary institutions, or consortia of postsecondary institutions, may apply for grants to operate STEP programs. The curricula of these programs must emphasize the concrete aspects of the scientific, technical or health-related discipline as it relates to a professional career, through laboratories, relevant work experience opportunities or similar activities.
|North Carolina||None identified|
|North Dakota||None identified|
|Rhode Island||None identified|
|South Carolina||None identified|
|South Dakota||None identified|
|Texas||Yes, multiple provisions.|
Cooperative Program with Johnson Space Center (JSC)
1999 legislation authorized the University of Houston to establish and coordinate a cooperative program with one or more school districts under which high school students may be employed by the university to work at NASA's JSC on a part-time basis during the school year or on a part-time or full-time basis during school holidays or vacations.
The JSC is responsible for: (1) placing, supervising and evaluating each student who participates in the cooperative program; and (2) ensuring that the student performs work related to the study of science, mathematics or engineering to encourage students to study those courses after high school graduation at an institution of higher education.
The 35 T-STEM academies include a mixture of charter schools, traditional public schools and schools operated in conjunction with an institution of higher education. All academies will begin at 6th grade and focus on the most challenged school districts and the most disadvantaged students across the state. Academies will include partnerships with employers to expose students to careers in STEM fields.
Additionally, the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science provides students with an awareness of mathematics and science careers and professional development opportunities through seminars, workshops, collaboration with postsecondary and university students including opportunities for summer studies and internships in foreign countries.
|Utah||Yes, Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program is intended to increase the number of under-served minority and female students who pursue course work, advanced study and possible careers in STEM subjects. Approved activities that participating districts or schools may use state funds for include internships or work experiences in identified areas which may be encouraged by student stipends or academic credit or both.|
|Washington||Yes, 2007 legislation directed the superintendent of public education to provide support for
statewide coordination for mathematics, science and technology education, including
employing a statewide director for mathematics, science and technology. The
duties of the director include developing and maintaining public-private partnerships to generate
business and industry assistance to accomplish the creation and promotion of student internships and
|West Virginia||None identified|
© 2015 by the Education Commission of the States (ECS). All rights reserved. ECS is the only nationwide, nonpartisan interstate compact devoted to education.
To request permission to excerpt part of this publication, either in print or electronically, please contact the Education Commission of the States’ Communications Department at (303) 299.3609 or email@example.com.
Helping State Leaders Shape Education Policy