Great Lakes Internship Program

The Great Lakes Career Ready Internship Program at Indian Hills Community College will create paid internship experiences for students in Advanced Technology Degree Programs!

Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates logoIndian Hills Community College has been awarded a two-year, $103,248 Career Ready Internship Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates. Indian Hills Community College is one of 16 two-year institutions across Iowa, Arkansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin that received a combined $2.1 million to create over 1,000 internships for low-income students. Indian Hills will collaborate with businesses and non-profit organizations to provide the greatest number of current and future students with an educational opportunity they might otherwise not have!

We at Indian Hills understand that far too often, college students with financial need are unable to accept internships in their fields of study because they simply just need to earn a paycheck. However, by passing on these internship opportunities, students miss out on valuable, REAL-world experience that can be extremely helpful in building their understanding of certain types of positions and career paths! So, we are putting an end to it.

Due to the generosity of the Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates Grant, we are excited to announce that we will now be able to partner with area businesses to offer 46 NEW PAID Internships through May 2018; for students that demonstrate financial need, studying in an Advanced Technology Degree Programs. This will help increase graduation and job placement rates, while also showcasing fresh, talented potential employees!


Career Ready Internship Program Goals

The Career Ready Internship Program is a high impact practice that is comprised of the following goals:

  1. Diversifying the workforce;
  2. Providing paid internship opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds;
  3. Developing talent and building industry/career networks for students from diverse backgrounds
  4. Connecting students to reflective opportunities to enhance their internship experience.


What this means for Employers

So your organization needs an intern? Don't worry, this Grant has got you covered! As a participant in the Great Lakes Career Ready Internship Grant, your organization would be able to convert an existing, unpaid internship into a paid internship and/or to create a new, paid internship for an Indian Hills student with financial need.  This may help your organization gain visibility amongst Indian Hills students and faculty as well as add interns to your organization in an area that previously had no such opportunities!

To learn more about Employer Eligibility, Requirements, Applying to Participate, etc... please click here: "Information for Employers" or on the "Information for Employers" link in the left hand navigation towards the top of the page.


What this means for Students

Students currently studying in an Advanced Technology Program at Indian Hills who have financial need will have a larger variation of PAID internships opportunities in their field, from area businesses, companies, and organizations. All student interns will be paid $12/hr, with a maximum of 180 hours at 20 hours/week. Students may not exceed 20 hours of employment for any on campus position, including the Great Lakes Career Ready Internship.

Why should I participate?

  • This grant will allow you to gain real world work experience AND get paid to do so.  Through the grant, you can gain valuable experience that might have been unpaid without the grant.
  • The grant allows you to obtain a career-related, paid internship in place of part-time work that may not be related to your career aspirations.
  • Internships are highly valued by employers as well as Colleges and often times can lead to full-time employment opportunities.

Student Expectations:

  • Exhibit professional behavior at all times and be a positive representative of the College and your Internship Employer.

Student Requirements & Eligibility:

  1. Must be currently enrolled in a Full-Time IHCC Advanced Technology program.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) and demonstrate financial need. (Financial need is calculated as the cost of attendance minus the student’s expected family contribution minus any gift aid the student has received.)
  3. Maintain Title IV Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Note: High School Students currently enrolled in a Career Academy ATC Program are not eligible.

Students, to learn more please click here, or on the "Information for Students" link in the left hand navigation towards the top of the page. 


Indian Hills Career Ready Internship Contacts:

Got questions, or just need a little more information about the Internship Program? Whether you're a business looking to participate or a student looking to apply, AJ has the answers you need!


AJ Gevock, Director, Regional Entrepreneurship Center
Indian Hills Community College

Regional Entrepreneurship Center
15330 Truman Street Ottumwa, IA 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5188 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5188


About Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates

Knowing that education has the power to change lives for the better, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates was established as a nonprofit group focused on a single objective: helping students nationwide prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education and student loan repayment. As a leading student loan guarantor and servicer, Great Lakes has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to provide assistance and repayment planning to more than 8 million borrowers—as well as assistance to colleges and lenders nationwide. The group's earnings support one of the largest and most respected education philanthropy programs in the country. Since 2006, Great Lakes has committed over $179 million in grant funding to promote higher education access and completion for students of color, low-income students, and first-generation students. For additional information, visit