Since 1985, MnTAP has been coordinating an intern program that places highly qualified students in facilities for up to three months. MnTAP began offering the program as a way to affect change in businesses. The goal of the program is to provide benefits to businesses and students while building MnTAP’s knowledge base and extending our services to businesses.
Participating businesses receive, at low-cost, an intern who researches and provides solutions for pollution prevention and energy efficiency. These solutions are designed to be specific to the facility and reasonably feasible. Often, the savings realized from implementation far outweigh a company’s cost-share.
Interns who have participated in the program have gained hands-on experience that they often credit for enhancing their education and preparing them for careers. A number of past interns weighed in on the impact the program had on their education and future careers.
MnTAP has also benefited from offering the program over the years. The staff members who have mentored the interns have not only learned about the recommended opportunities, but have been able to take that knowledge to other businesses to help them reduce waste, energy use, and costs.
In the 26 years since the program began, the experience has impacted Minnesota businesses, the interns, and MnTAP in many positive ways. This issue of the Source is dedicated to the intern program in an attempt to highlight the success stories from businesses and former interns.
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