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TechTown, Wayne State launch paid internship program

TechTown and Wayne State University are partnering to give paid internships to the university's students and a much needed hand for the start-ups at the business accelerator.

The new paid internship program will offer up to a 50 percent match of an interns pay for companies that take advantage of the program. Organizers hope it will create another valuable synergy between the university and TechTown.

"We have access to the student who are hungry and want to be a part of the community," says Faris Alami, entrepreneurial talent champion at TechTown. "We also have these start-ups that are starving for funds, so this is a way we can help both."

Alami plans to draw students from across the university for this program. He hopes to place 5-10 interns in the first year, and more next year. He has already placed the first internship in the program. He connected a woman MBA student at Wayne State with AutoHarvest, a non-profit based in TechTown, and has two more students he is getting ready to place.

"Once we placed her they were ecstatic," Alami says. "They immediately wanted another one."

For information, contact Alami at (313) 879-4482 or faris@techtownwsu.org.

Source: Faris Alami, entrepreneurial talent champion at TechTown
Writer: Jon Zemke

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