December 18, 2019
Do you want to provide a meaningful experience and mentorship to a young diverse leader who will in turn bring unique insight and energy to your organization?
Prosper Portland is seeking small business partners, committed to developing future, diverse leaders, to apply for the 2020 Small Business Internship Grant by Sunday January 5, 2020 (extended from 12/31).This Small Business Internship Grant was created to help small business who needed extra funding to take actionable steps towards hiring, championing diversity, and empowering young leaders of color. The grant allows each of these companies to hire interns through Emerging Leaders’ ELI program.Apply Now
ABOUT THE ELI INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
The ELI program matches recent graduates and college students of color with paid internships at top companies across the Greater Portland area. Since 2016, more than 300 interns have participated with many successfully transitioning into full-time roles.
With the funding provided by Prosper Portland’s Small Business Internship Grant, small businesses can support an intern at a significantly reduced cost (a saving of up to $5,350 at a cost as low as $1,700 for the company).
Prosper Portland partnered with Emerging Leaders in 2018 to create this Small Business Internship Grant opportunity in order to broaden learning opportunities for students of color, and help local businesses gain unique insights as they diversify their talent pipelines support employment cost.
Who should apply: Small business candidates should meet the following criteria:
This is the second year Prosper Portland has offered the Small Business Internship Grant for the ELI program.
Emerging Leaders Internship (ELI) removes barriers to access by connecting talented students of color with leadership-track, paid internships at top companies throughout the Greater Portland area. In 2018, the ELI Program had 876 students applications, conducted 435 interviews and placed 80 interns.
Prosper Portland creates economic growth and opportunity for Portland. Our vision is to make Portland one of the most globally competitive, healthy, and equitable cities in the world by investing in job creation, encouraging broad economic prosperity, and fostering great places throughout the city. We aspire to be a workplace of choice with passionate staff excelling in an open and empowering environment and sharing a commitment to our collective success.
Portland tech companies have joined the Diversity & Inclusion Pledge since its initial launch in 2015.