The Ohio Department of Higher Education Ohio Means Internships and Co-ops program funds co-located student internships in advanced manufacturing. The Columbus Region LIFT OMIC program has secured 30 co-located and 50 regular internships for Ohio Technical Center, community college, and university students to work closely with industries on projects.  The co-located internships are connected to the federal Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow program. 

Benefits to Companies

  • Directly access talented students through 30 co-located and 50 regular internships focused on advanced manufacturing 
  • Work with faculty mentors and student teams on your most pressing projects
  •  Access free training modules for students to quickly gain industry-specific skills
  • Identify and hire highly trained interns for permanent jobs that meet your company’s needs
  • Collaborate with our educational institutions so that they can create a curriculum that meets your future talent needs

Benefits to Students

  • Gain hands-on experience working on real-world industry projects with defined goals, timelines and deliverables
  • Engage in an industry project as an individual or in multi-institutional / multidisciplinary teams
  • Earn $1,000 scholarship upon completion of internship project as well as competitive hourly wages 
  • Receive academic credit or transcript notation 
  • Maintain access to university resources (labs, equipment, computer programs)
  • Open doors to future employment

Benefits to Faculty

  • Receive funding for program participation
  • Work with industry representives to help students gain experiential learning through internships
  • Collaborate with cross-institutional teams on sustainable best practices in advanced manufacturing
  • Gain a greater understanding of industry needs to bring to the classroom

If you are interested in participating in the LIFT OMIC internship program, please contact

Participating Institutions




Marion Tech

Metro High School

Columbus School for Girls

The Ohio State University


Contact Us

The co-located internships program has reached full capacity with no additional funds available. Please email with any questions.