2022 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Committee Approved)

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SCHEV - Innovative Internships

Item 144 #1h

Item 144 #1h

First Year - FY2023 Second Year - FY2024
Higher Education
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia FY2023 $8,000,000 FY2024 $8,000,000 GF

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"L. 1. Out of this appropriation, $10,000,000 the first year and $10,000,000 the second year from the general fund is designated for the Innovative Internship Fund and Program, § 23.1-903.4, Code of Virginia. The funding is designed to expand paid or credit-bearing student internship and other work-based learning opportunities in collaboration with Virginia employers so that over time every Virginia undergraduate student who wants such an opportunity can access it without extending time for completion of undergraduate study. The Program comprises institutional grants and a collaborative public-private statewide initiative to facilitate the readiness of students, employers, and institutions of higher education to participate in internship and other work-based learning opportunities and to increase participation in such opportunities by smaller employers and by students with limited resources who traditionally have participated at lower rates."

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"4. To scale up internships and work-based learning opportunities statewide, regionally, and by industry sector or cluster, the Council may take actions to facilitate increased participation in such opportunities by smaller employers and by students with limited resources including, but not limited to: (i) procuring staffing assistance to serve as a clearinghouse for matching students to internships with smaller employers; (ii) providing institutional grants for pilot programs to transform the use of Federal Work-Study resources to support and expand student access to internships and other work-based learning opportunities; (iii) determining the mechanism to be used to award stipends to qualifying students conditioned upon a Virginia-based employer providing matching compensation and supporting specified learning activities and outcomes. The Council shall allocate up to $3,000,000 each year for such stipends. The Council shall, in consultation with institutional and business partners, develop guidelines governing eligibility for such stipends and corresponding employer participation, and shall place particular emphasis on expanding internships and other work-based learning opportunities that align with talent pathway development initiatives undertaken pursuant to Item 115."


(This amendment requests funding to increase the annual appropriations to the innovative internship Fund and Program - known externally as the Virginia Talent + Opportunity Partnership (V-TOP) in order to (1) expand and scale the Commonwealth's support for institutions, employers and students in their work-based learning endeavors and (2) implement a new matching fund programs to match students with limited resources to small employers. Activities will include: (a) expanded and more intensive services to small employers; (b) acceleration and scaling of current plans (using only current funding, SCHEV is implementing a four-year plan to roll-out and maintain regional support for employers, among other efforts, SCHEV would accelerate implementation of all current efforts and increase the scale over two years); (c) transformation of Federal Work-Study jobs into structured internships using grants to institutions for pilot projects; (d) up to $3.0 million in each fiscal year to match wages paid by small employers to interns.)