The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has received more than $590,000 to develop and offer paid internship opportunities for students in collaboration with area businesses. The grant comes from the state Department of Workforce Development’s (DWD) Wisconsin Fast Forward Program, which will connect UWM students with meaningful work experience in two areas – green energy, and the social sciences and humanities.
“We are grateful to DWD for this funding,” UWM Chancellor Mark Mone said. “It will enhance the vital role UWM plays in developing the highly skilled workforce that Wisconsin companies need and have come to expect from our graduates. Our emphasis on real-world experience is part of what makes a UWM degree so valuable, and more than 80% of our graduates in the last decade live and work in Wisconsin.”
The UWM funding is part of a $1.1 million grant package DWD awarded to UW System schools. “These grants will help students earn while they learn,” Gov. Tony Evers said when announcing the grants, “ensuring greater access and opportunities for our homegrown talent to start growing their careers right here in Wisconsin.”