SciTechsperience launches with 100 matching grants

September 30, 2013

MHTA– The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) is now accepting student and company applications for the SciTechsperience Internship 2013-2014 program year. SciTechsperience connects college students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines to internships in small Minnesota companies.

College students who become interns will receive a paid work experience at STEM-based businesses statewide with potential for full-time employment.  Businesses that hire interns receive matching dollars up to $2,500 for wages paid. To be eligible, metro businesses must have fewer than 150 employees, and Greater Minnesota businesses must have fewer than 250 employees.  Students and businesses can apply to take part in the program at

Due to an $850,000 appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature last spring, MHTA is able to nearly double the number of matching grants available to qualifying hiring companies statewide between now and 2015. 100 matching grants are available on a first come, first hired basis.

“This is a great program that helps us identify and source strong technical candidates with little risk for the organization. The quality of the candidates was strong, the process painless,” said Tom Tack of Clinical Healthcare in Minneapolis.

SciTechsperience was established in January 2012 to offer college students pursuing STEM degrees the opportunity to get hands-on experience while solving real-world challenges. The program is designed to expand a pool of talent to support Minnesota companies commercializing new technology, products and processes. SciTechsperience has placed 124 students in internships since the program debuted.

“This program was essential for my success in my internship … True to its founding, it helped a small Minnesota company employ an intern, which led to my greater understanding of the alternative energy industry. I am so thankful to SciTechsperience for the help in growing personally and professionally,” said Cody Luebeck, a senior in Mechanical Engineering at the University of St. Thomas.

SciTechsperience is administered by MHTA through a grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

For more information about SciTechsperience contact Becky Siekmeier, SciTechsperience Program Director, 952-230-4241 or