For information on ARPA-funded programs, please visit the Economic Recovery Programs page.

We know Nebraska’s got talent.
Let’s keep it here!

Nebraska is known for its good life and great opportunities. Yet each year, we see too many of our bright and talented young people leave to begin their careers elsewhere, thinking they are moving to greener pastures. In fact, current migration trends show that Nebraska loses at least as many of our 25-and-older college grads as we attract — resulting in a brain drain of more than 1,500 people a year.

The Invest in Talent Initiative is about engaging our business community to invest early in retaining our talented young Nebraskans by offering internships, apprenticeships and other career-related work experiences. We need your help to introduce young people to the abundance of opportunities our state has to offer — including rewarding careers and vibrant communities.

We need businesses to fight for our young people, and make it loud and clear that they are wanted and needed here!

The Opportunity

Almost 70% of full-time eligible interns receive a job offer, which 82% accept. This adds up to a conversion rate of more than 55%. (NACE, 2020)

Over two-thirds of interns hired into full-time positions are still with their employers one year later, with 42% still employed after 5 years. (NACE, 2020)

94% of apprentices continue employment after completing an apprenticeship. (USDOL, 2021)







  • Nebraska Department of Education provides information on Youth Registered Apprenticeships.
  • ICATT Apprenticeship Program focuses exclusively on high-tech manufacturers and companies with complex technologies or logistics and is fully benchmarked on the German Dual Education System. These registered apprentices are provided with a salary, debt-free associate degree, and industry-specific certifications. Two Omaha companies currently participate and more employers are exploring the opportunity.


  • The Nebraska Department of Education has developed a comprehensive resource on Workplace Experiences.
  • Virtual industry tours provide a unique opportunity to provide a glimpse inside Nebraska-based industries for students and educators.



  • Intern Nebraska (InternNE) – A job board for Nebraska-based internship opportunities.
  • Handshake Best Practices – Handshake is the talent recruitment/job board used by several Nebraska colleges.
  • Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) NEworks – Provides employer resources and a free statewide job board.
    • To access a list of training providers and contact information, as well as other resources, click “Additional Services” under “Employers,” then “More Information for Employers.”



  • Intern Nebraska (InternNE) – Provides grants to businesses seeking to create internships, as well as a job board to post available opportunities.
  • Nebraska Engineering, Science and Technology Internship Program (NESTIP) – Offers cost-sharing for project-based paid internships in STEM.
  • The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) offers youth, adult and dislocated worker programs that could potentially fund youth and young adult on-the-job training such as internships and apprenticeships. Contacts are specific to the Lincoln, Omaha and Greater Nebraska areas.
  • Nebraska Department of Labor’s Worker Training Grants fund programs that will train, retain or upgrade the work skills of existing and newly recruited Nebraska workers including registered apprenticeships.



  • Most of Nebraska’s two-year and four-year colleges and universities are members of the Nebraska College Career Services Association (NCCSA). This directory is a great place to start when reaching out to Nebraska’s colleges.
  • Nebraska Department of Education’s Directory Search provides contact information for schools and staff members.



Helpful resources for diversity recruitment strategies.


Project Examples

University of Nebraska – Omaha

Orthman Manufacturing

North Star High School


High School Internships

The University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Information Science and Technology’s Summer High School Internship Program pairs faculty members with high school students for an 8-week summer internship.

Middle School Projects

Orthman Manufacturing in Lexington, Nebraska launched the Mid-Nebraska Makerspace Lab (MNM) to engage 7th and 8th-grade students in STEM projects.

in partnership with Duncan Aviation

North Star High School partnered with Duncan Aviation to provide students with an aviation program. The students also have the opportunity to spend time at Duncan Aviation and rotate through different departments and gain hands-on experience.

Maintenance Apprentice Program

The apprenticeship program is a two-year commitment that consists of on-the-job training and formal education to earn the FAA Airframe or Powerplant certification.

Partner in Talent

The Invest in Talent Initiative is a collaboration between the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and the Nebraska Diplomats, Inc. 


Partners in Talent are Nebraska businesses committed to playing a direct part in introducing young people to the abundance of opportunities our state has to offer. These champions have taken the Invest in Talent pledge to invest in Nebraska’s young talent by promoting internships, apprenticeships and other career-related work experiences.

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