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UW launching new innovation and entrepreneurship intern program

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CASPER, Wyo. — The University of Wyoming’s Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship is launching a new internship program.

“Startup businesses across Wyoming will have a pipeline to student interns from the University of Wyoming as a result of a new program,” UW said in a Tuesday, Aug. 6 news release.

“Starting this summer, the IIE will provide financial support to interns working for early-stage ventures in the state.”

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Startup firms wishing to recruit interns as part of the program are asked to identify learning objectives and provide mentors to support students in an entrepreneurial environment.

“In exchange, the firms will gain the help of students to support their needs — with the IIE providing a stipend in the form of an honorarium — and have the opportunity to develop potential future employees,” UW added.

The program is intended to help retain a workforce in Wyoming.

“’This program will allow our students to experience what it is like to work in the exciting entrepreneurial environment of a startup, and startup businesses will receive support from students at little or no cost,’ says Jack Mason, the IIE’s chief operating officer. ‘Ultimately, this is about developing and retaining a high-quality workforce that can think and act entrepreneurially and innovatively.’”

Firms who would like to participate in the program can learn more online.

They can also reach out to Mason at (307) 766-2681 or jmason25@uwyo.edu for more information and guidelines.

“Once positions are defined and approved, they will be posted on the IIE website as well as with career services organizations throughout the university,” UW said. “The IIE will promote the program and recruit students when they return in late August.”