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The DeBruce Foundation is collaborating with the Kansas Board of Regents, Kansas Department of Commerce, and Parker Dewey to launch the Kansas Micro-Internship program on February 1, 2021.  This program provides 165,000 students enrolled in 32 Kansas public colleges and universities opportunities to work on short-term (5-40 hours of work) paid professional projects (Micro-Internships) with Kansas-based organizations. Micro-Internships support university recruiting efforts; help businesses identify, assess, and build relationships with students who may be prospective job candidates; and allow students to demonstrate their skills, explore career paths, and develop their professional networks. 

Micro-internships can be a game-changer for individuals who may feel like they cannot commit to a regular internship that could last six weeks or longer due to financial stress or school commitments.   In addition, they allow individuals to develop talents needed by employers and identify areas of work in which they may or may not be interested.  The DeBruce Foundation invested in the Kansas Micro-internship program to help bridge the gap between college and career to help students expand their pathways to economic growth and opportunity.  

How does the program work for Kansas companies and non-profit organizations?

Through this program, companies, non-profit organizations, and entrepreneurs based in Kansas or that employ a significant number of Kansas residents can hire their first Micro-Intern for free up to $500 if the selected undergraduate student is enrolled in a Kansas public college or university. Students are not considered employees or contractors; they are paid directly by Parker Dewey as an independent contractor.  Participation is voluntary and at no cost to institutions. To view a step-by-step guide, click here.

Kansas employer web page:

How does the program work for students?

For students to be eligible in the program, they must:

  • Be enrolled in a two or four-year public college or university in the state of Kansas
  • Create an account on Parker Dewey and be sure to add Kansas Micro-Internship Program to their profile in the Affiliations section
  • Complete the Agile Work Profiler with the option to upload a PDF of their results into the Documents section of the Parker Dewey profile

Kansas student web page:

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