Aksarben Foundation Partners with Department of Economic Development on Internship Initiative to Grow Nebraska’s Workforce

Governor Jim Pillen announced recently that the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, a member of Bio Nebraska, will partner with the Aksarben Foundation to create and lead a new internship program to strengthen Nebraska’s Workforce.
Announcement from Nebraska Department of Economic Development

Governor Jim Pillen announced a partnership between the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) and the Aksarben Foundation to create and lead a new internship program to strengthen Nebraska’s workforce. Over the past year, Nebraska’s job creation has outpaced the rest of the Midwest and most of the nation, resulting in plentiful opportunities for career advancement. However, many employers are generating jobs faster than they can fill them. The newly formed partnership—InternNE, Powered by Aksarben—aims to better train and retain young Nebraskans to bolster the state’s skilled workforce.

“The State’s workforce development strategy begins with recruiting our own backyard,” said Gov. Pillen. “We want our graduates to stay in Nebraska to start a career here in the Good Life. Our redesigned internship program makes it easier than ever for employers to provide opportunities for talented students to launch their careers in Nebraska.”

InternNE, Powered by Aksarben will connect Nebraska’s students to internships offering valuable experience in high-growth, high-wage, high-demand occupations. The program is also designed to establish relationships between interns and local leaders to help young Nebraskans envision how their talents can help communities grow.

“Investing in the next generation of Nebraska talent is one of the smartest bets we can make,” said Sandra Reding, President of the Aksarben Foundation. “Kids who grow up in Nebraska are taught a strong work ethic, they are well-educated, and they value civic engagement. Through InternNE, we are upping our in-state recruiting efforts of these high-potential leaders. Our business-led model equips employers to design clear pathways connecting students to rewarding careers in Nebraska.”