Longietti, Sainato: $140,000 awarded to provide paid internships in high-demand careers

HERMITAGE, March 5 – Students and young adults in Mercer and Lawrence counties will have new opportunities for paid internships, thanks to a $140,000 grant from the state Department of Labor and Industry, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, and state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. 

The lawmakers said the funding awarded to the West Central Workforce Development Board under the State/Local Internship Program will provide area summer internships paying a minimum of $10.35 an hour for students and young adults between 16 and 24. 

“Internships are incredibly valuable career-training tools because they provide the kind of real-world experience not available in the classroom,” Longietti said. “That’s especially important in today’s high-tech career market, where new innovations and technology mean a constantly changing job landscape.”

Sainato agreed, noting, “In addition to providing hands-on opportunities that help equip students and young adults for the modern workplace, these internships help build a stronger talent pool for area employers by producing applicants who understand more and are better prepared to hit the ground running. It all works to build a stronger workforce.” 

The funding is part of a $4.7 million package of grants to 21 Local Workforce Development Boards statewide to create nearly 1,500 summer internships. The SLIP program is fully funded through federal money available under the Workplace Innovation and Opportunity Act. 

More information about the grants is available through the Department of Labor and Industry’s website at www.dli.pa.gov.