Governor Heineman discusses the Talent & Innovation Initiative during a conference call Monday morning

Omaha, NE – At a news conference this morning, Governor Dave Heineman announced the new Nebraska Internship Program.

He says the purpose of the program is to keep college students working in the state after graduation. Governor Heineman says the state is putting up a dollar for every dollar they expect private sector companies to invest in their internship programs. So far, 45 companies have qualified to conduct internship programs with another 40 in the process.

The governor says the program is part of the state's Talent and Innovation Initiative, signed into law during the last legislative session, "We do it because we want to keep young people in the state. It's a win-win situation. For an intern, they get a chance to go intern with a company to find out if it's the right field. If they do really well, then the company is going to be interested in hiring them once they graduate from college. So everybody wins here."

The internship program started June 1st and is open to Nebraskans who are in their junior or senior years at a 4-year college or in their 2nd year at a 2-year college.

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