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Summer Youth Internship Program

Summer Youth Internship Grants

Iowa's Summer Youth Internship Grant program supports the creation of internship programs for Iowa’s youth between the ages of 14 and 24 that help prepare them for high-demand careers in the workforce. 

Eligible applicants include non-profits, educational institutions, employers, and community organizations. The target audience for participants includes high school youth who are at risk of not graduating, from low-income households, from communities underrepresented in the Iowa workforce, or youth who otherwise face barriers to success and upward mobility in the labor market. Funds may be used for services and resources that support internship programs, including direct participant wages, training resources, and more.

New Funding Opportunity Announced: 2023 Summer Youth Internship Grants (Press Release)

  • Applications for this year’s Summer Youth Internship Program Grants will be accepted on beginning January 16, 2023. The deadline for applications is February 28, 2023, at Noon. 

Please Note: While not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to co-enroll Summer Youth Internship participants with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I Youth Program in their local area. Please review the Notice of Funding Opportunity to find the nearest local IowaWORKS office that can assist. More information on these programs can be found at this link.


January 17 Webinar: Learn how to apply for the Summer Youth Internship Grants
Interested applicants are encouraged to join Summer Youth Internship Grants webinar on January 17 at 1:00pm! This funding opportunity supports internships to help Iowa’s youth gain valuable work experience in high-demand careers. Employers, non-profits, educational institutions, and community organizations are eligible to apply for the grant. 

Webinar Recording - Jan. 17, 2023 (YouTube link)

Webinar slides (PDF)

Webinar Q & A (PDF)



Past Summer Youth Internship Pilot Program Awards