Longietti, Sainato: Grant of nearly $142,000 will fund paid summer internships for area students

HARRISBURG, Feb. 25 – Students in Mercer and Lawrence counties will have an opportunity to benefit from paid summer internships thanks to a $141,632 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, according to state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, and state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence.

The funding awarded to the West Central Workforce Development Board will give area students and job seekers between ages 16 and 24 the opportunity to earn a minimum of $10.35 per hour as they participate in summer internships with local employers.

“I’m excited about the opportunities this program will provide Mercer County students,” Longietti said. “Paid summer internships give students a taste of real-world work experience at an age when they’re starting to ponder career-path decisions. This program is going to broaden employment horizons for area students by helping them develop employable skills and allowing them to discover how their interests and talents match up with real-life opportunities."

Sainato agreed, noting, “The internships funded by this program will give Lawrence County students and young adults hands-on work experience in public- or private-sector jobs that can become a springboard for successful careers later. Students get the chance to 'earn while they learn' and build skills and confidence that will equip them for a successful transition to the work place.”

The funding is part of the State/Local Internship Program. The SLIP program is 100 percent federally funded through money available from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which helps young adults develop workforce preparation skills and provides participants with their first work experience.

The 2019 SLIP will operate for eight weeks between May 6 and Aug. 30, 2019.