Small Business Internship Fund

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with The University of Scranton SBDC’s Small Business Internship Initiative, is pleased to offer our member businesses the opportunity to participate in the Small Business Internship Fund.


The Small Business Internship Fund was launched in 2019 to establish a college internship program designed to place our “best and brightest” students in Chamber member businesses. This program was funded by the business community through the sponsorship of the Chamber’s 150th Anniversary Celebration.

If you are a business considering hosting an intern, we invite you to explore the opportunities available through the Small Business Internship Fund. Opportunities are shared with the Career Development partners of the Chamber member schools listed below

Business Participant Criteria:

Businesses interested in participating in the Small Business Internship Fund must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a member in good standing over the past/previous year with The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce
  • Be a for-profit business
  • Meet the U.S. Small Business Administration size standards based on NAICS
  • Agree to work with The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce staff and The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center, completing any forms required by either organization
  • Agree to allow photos and business name used for public relations purposes

Internships play a critical role in a business’s ability to access and build the talent pipeline.  Through the Small Business Internship Fund, eligible small business participants can receive matching funds per student.

The Chamber is pleased to offer our members two types of internship opportunities.

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

Traditional internships

Eligible small business participants can receive $500 in matching funds with a required small business (employer) match of $500 for a total of $1,000 per student. Students will be required to complete 100 hours of work, at a rate of $10 per hour to be eligible for the $500 small business match. The small business participant is responsible for paying the intern wages, via a payroll (the pay stub must include taxes and other deductions taken out of the intern’s earnings).

Eligible employers must be a member in good standing over the past/ previous year with The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. Participating member businesses are limited to no more than two funded internships within a full calendar year. Funds will be reimbursed to the Small Business at the completion of the 100 internship hours.

Micro-internships

Employers can engage an intern utilizing the micro-internship component of the Small Business Internship Fund.  Micro-internships are project-based and completed remotely by the intern. Eligible small business participants can receive $250 in matching funds with a required small business (employer) match of $250 for a total of $500 per student, per project. The small business participant is responsible for paying the intern as an independent contractor in accordance with IRS guidelines. Participating member businesses are limited to no more than two funded internships within a full calendar year. Funds will be reimbursed to the Small Business at the full completion of the internship project.

Student Intern Criteria:

Students interested in participating in the Small Business Internship Fund must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Be a resident of Lackawanna County currently enrolled in a college or university
  • Be a currently-enrolled student of a Lackawanna County college or university
  • Be a currently-enrolled student of a Chamber member college or university
  • Be a resident of Lackawanna County that is a 2020 college graduate

For more information contact:
Amy S. Luyster
Vice President
The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce
570-342-7711, ext. 134
aluyster@scrantonchamber.com

Member Schools Include: