SMART STUDENTS CHOOSE NEW JERSEY SCHOLARSHIP AND INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Choose New Jersey, along with prominent business and education leaders throughout the State, are proud to launch Smart Students Choose New Jersey, a unique scholarship and internship program. We created it to encourage our most accomplished high school students – our future leaders and innovators – to remain in New Jersey for their post-secondary education and professional careers.
The Smart Students Choose New Jersey scholarship and internship program, was piloted at all high schools in the cities of Newark and Camden in 2016, offers a one-time unrestricted scholarship of $2,000 to the highest academically ranked senior in each high school who chooses a New Jersey college or university.
But, more importantly, this program will reward these high achieving students with paid internships at some of the State’s top businesses and organizations – from Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurial start-ups – for three consecutive summers, after their freshman, sophomore, and junior years. It’s a unique opportunity to hone the skills and make the connections they need to build successful careers right here at home in New Jersey.
WHY WE LAUNCHED THE SMART STUDENTS CHOOSE NEW JERSEY PROGRAM?
Smart Students Choose New Jersey was created in response to the rate at which New Jersey’s high school graduates are leaving the State for higher education. Statistics reveal that more than 30,000 graduating seniors leave New Jersey for their post-secondary education each year. Many never return.
Exporting our top talent means our most brilliant graduates will contribute to another State’s overall economic growth.
New Jersey business leaders recognize how critical access to a highly-educated and diverse talent pool is to driving their companies’ prosperity and growth. The State’s colleges and universities know that they need to attract the best and brightest young minds to propel ground-breaking research and discovery.
We invite you to join us in our quest to keep our best and brightest students in New Jersey. Please consider participating in this program by providing an internship opportunity.
As a business sponsor of the Smart Student Choose New Jersey scholarship and internship program, you will have access to:
- Local, diverse, and talented youth, each eager to grow professionally
- The potential for full-time employee conversion without the cost of additional recruiting and training programs
- An opportunity for statewide brand awareness through association with the Smart Students Choose New Jersey program
- A role in the quest to keep our future leaders and innovators in New Jersey
OFFER AN INTERNSHIP
Company Internship Participant (Only)
- Company name/logo displayed at both press and student events
- Company logo prominently displayed on Smart Students page on choosenj.com with a link to company website
- Company description and logo displayed on Smart Students website with a link to company website