The Challenge: Build Pipeline of Skilled Technical Workers
Clean energy and water innovation employers need a talented pool of young workers with technical backgrounds and hands-on skills.
About the Vocational Internship Program (VIP)
The Vocational Internship Program (VIP) enhances the talent pipeline for Massachusetts clean energy companies by placing skilled students from vocational high schools in paid clean energy internships during the academic year. Employers select eligible interns for their companies, and MassCEC reimburses wages paid to the interns. Employers also have access to co-op coordinators who can assist with recruiting interns.
VIP enables clean energy employers to mentor students across a broad spectrum of backgrounds and addresses the need for greater diversity in our clean energy workforce. The program provides a peer network for students interested in the clean energy industry.
The Vocational Internship Program operates on an annual schedule tied to the academic year.
Funding is allocated on a first-come/first-served basis until it runs out.
Open enrollment and intern selection begins
August 30, 2022
Deadline to submit offer letters
2022 - 2023 session starts
September 1, 2022
2022 - 2023 session ends
June 30, 2023
Employers must be clean energy and water innovation companies registered to do business in Massachusetts, with at least one office located in the Commonwealth.
For the purposes of this program, MassCEC defines a “clean energy employer” as “an employer engaged in whole or in part in goods and services, or advanced and applied technologies that significantly reduce or eliminate the use of energy from non-renewable sources, including, but not limited to: energy efficiency; demand response; energy conservation and those technologies powered in whole or in part by the sun, wind, water, biomass, alcohol, wood, fuel cells, any renewable, non-depletable or recyclable fuel.”
Note that participating students must be rising seniors in good standing at a vocational or technical high school in Massachusetts or be members of a group approved for participation by MassCEC.
For full Program details, please refer to the VIP Program Manual -- coming soon!
Not an employer? Go to VIP Student Info
Create an employer account in the MassCEC Workforce Portal here.
- Fill out the company submission.
- Await approval of your account from MassCEC.
- Access the student dashboard to review candidates and/or connect with Vocational High School Co-Op Coordinators in your area to identify candidates.
- If you know candidates who are not yet in the student database, ask them to submit intern applications here. Every candidate must have a profile on the internship portal to participate in the program.
Check candidate eligibility.
- On the Internship Portal’s student dashboard, click on “eligibility check” for the student(s) you'd like to hire.
- Send the student name(s) to email@example.com.
- Once MassCEC has confirmed eligibility, you will receive an automated email letting you know that the intern has been approved and prompting you to submit a signed offer letter.
Submit co-signed offer letter.
- Provide your selected student with an offer letter that, at a minimum, states their name, expected date range to be worked, and hourly wage.
- Obtain signatures on the offer letter from the student and their co-op coordinator.
- Submit the co-signed offer letter to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve funding. After funding has been reserved for the intern, you will receive an email confirmation.
Sign and return your award letter.
After completion of the internship, submit your Reimbursement Package to email@example.com. You must submit your fully completed reimbursement package before the session deadline of July 2023.
Partner Schools and Programs
Use this map to explore programs near your company. Please note that only "Chapter 74" program students are approved to participate in MassCEC's Vocational Internship Program.