PGT Funding

Partnership for Global Talent Funding

The International Internship Program (IIP) at UW-Madison teamed up with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to provide SEED FUNDING to help small-and medium-sized Wisconsin companies invest in developing global talent as part of their international business initiatives. 

“Plexus is dedicated to supporting students with hands-on business experience in an international environment…we strive to create international opportunities for our employees and future employees, which help to drive our success and ability to expand into other regions to support our customers’ growing global needs.”
-Todd Kelsey, Executive Vice President at Plexus

Are you headed in the right direction? Today’s working world is much more global than 20 years ago. However, according to a recent Next Generation Manufacturing survey, only 18% of Wisconsin companies rate their progress toward global engagement as good or world-class. Hiring interns for a position abroad or for an internationally focused project helps undergraduates develop intercultural professional skills, knowledge and attitudes, allowing these future Wisconsin workers to thrive in a the globalized workplace. By hosting an intern from UW-Madison, your company can be a leader in developing Wisconsin’s global talent and enjoy the success of being able to work across geographic and cultural boundaries.

“We are very impressed with the quality, ethics and passion of two students this summer…[They have] kept us well informed of the competitive activity and conducted a benchmark SWOT analysis so that we can prepare the best market position to maximize our value proposition worldwide.”
– Ayla Annac, MBA, CEO, President InvivoSciences Inc.

This grant will provide up to $4,000 in matching funds to help offset costs associated with hiring an intern. IIP helps companies identify candidates, but the selection of your intern is up to you. IIP supports students with internship advising, academic coursework and logistics related to overseas assignments. Imagine the potential!

This program was offered for 2015 and 2016 interns and now has concluded.

Find out more

To apply: Please fill out an online survey about your organization and internship goals. You can review the survey as a PDF to prepare your answers. If you have any questions please contact us. [Application closed]

Interns with their supervisor at TLX Technologies, a 2015 PGT Funding recipient, in Pewaukee, WI.