Vocational Internship Program for Employers

The Massachusetts Vocational Internship Program (VIP) is a workforce development initiative offered through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). The Program enhances the talent pipeline for Massachusetts clean energy companies and places skilled labor from vocational high schools in paid clean energy internships during the academic year. MassCEC reimburses wages paid to the intern(s) and it is the employer's responsibility to select eligible interns for their company.

Why should you host a Clean Energy Intern?

  • No cost employee for your business
  • Hire vocational school students with skills across many trades
  • Internships are reimbursed by MassCEC

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be an eligible clean energy employer
  • Be registered to do business in Massachusetts
  • Provide adequate proof that your business can pay your intern(s) and all cost associated with employment before MassCEC reimbursement
  • Be in good standing with MassCEC

Schools will have specific requirements that employers must meet, which may include, but are not limited to:

  • Workers' compensation
  • Background checks
  • General internship structure

Stipend

Interns will be hired and paid directly by the host employer. The pay rate should be established prior to accepting the internship offer. Employers are expected to pay their interns on a schedule that is mutually agreed upon by student, Co-Op coordinator,and employer. Stipend subsidies for employers from MassCEC are available on a first-come, first-serve basis until MassCEC has committed the funds allocated to the program. After total allocation of funds, employers may still access the database of candidates and offer paid or unpaid internships at the employer's discretion. Employers may pay an intern(s) more than the subsidy rate. MassCEC will reimburse up to the full award amount ($7,680 per intern). Employers are not allowed to pay intern less than twelve dollars ($12.00) per hour or have an intern sign a non-compete agreement. Students, Co-Op coordinators, and employers should be aware of and agree to the terms of the internship before starting any work.

For full program details and FAQ click here.