Manufacturing Internship Program


The Maryland MEP’s Manufacturing Internship Program is returning for the summer of 2023!

Maryland MEP’s Internship Program is designed to support Maryland manufacturers with the cost of hiring, onboarding, and training summer interns. Manufacturing internships are a critical step in recruiting the next generation of talent to the industry. The internship program has proven to be extremely beneficial for both the students and participating employers with over 50 manufacturers participating since the launch of the program in 2015. Maryland MEP is committed to exposing students to Maryland manufacturing, resulting in real company impacts and providing opportunities for full time employment following graduation. 

As part of the Maryland MEP Manufacturing Internship Program, all participating manufacturing companies are eligible for a reimbursement to support wages paid to the interns during the summer of 2023. If accepted, each manufacturing company is eligible for a $1,000 reimbursement per intern (up to 3 interns, $3,000 maximum reimbursement per company).

In addition to the funding support for participating manufacturers, the internship program provides training, mentorship, and networking opportunities for the interns. The program also provides manufacturing tours which allows interns to learn more about the industry and opportunities upon graduation. The interns will also participate in a capstone project, where they will share their  projects and experiences at the end of the program.


Learn about the manufacturing industry, local companies and future career opportunities.


Share knowledge and experiences throughout the summer internship program


Grow your peer network and understanding of the opportunities within manufacturing

The Maryland MEP internship program has three key parts:

1. Intern Application: For this program, the participating companies will select their intern(s) and then apply to Maryland MEP’s internship program.

2. Maryland MEP-led intern training & manufacturing tours: Maryland MEP believes that internships are critical to attracting the next generation of talent and additional training, mentorship, and exposure to Maryland’s manufacturing industry has proven to excite, captivate and better prepare our interns for manufacturing jobs upon graduation. To participate in MEP’s internship program, all interns are expected to participate in the following schedule:

Maryland MEP Intern Training & Tour Schedule

Internship Program Kick-off
@ Maryland MEP

10:00AM - 12:00PM

(Mandatory for Interns, Supervisors are welcome)
Manufacturing Facility Tour
@ Holmatro

9:30AM - 11:00AM

(Voluntary, for Interns only)
Manufacturing Facility Tour
@ Elite Spice

9:30AM - 11:00AM

(Voluntary, for Interns only)
Manufacturing Facility Tour
@ Northrop Grumman, Advanced Technology Labs

10:00AM - 11:30AM

(Voluntary, for Interns only)
Maryland MEP Internship Capstone
@ Junior Achievement of Central Maryland


(Mandatory for Interns & Intern Supervisors / Company Representative)
June 6, 2023
June 20, 2023
July 6, 2023
July 19, 2023
August 3, 2023

3. Wage Reimbursement Support: To make internships possible and beneficial for both small and medium-sized manufacturers, all participating manufacturers are eligible for reimbursement for wages paid to the interns during the summer. If accepted, each manufacturing company is eligible for $1,000 reimbursement per intern (up to 3 interns, $3,000 maximum reimbursement per company).

2023 Internship Program Requirements:

  • To be eligible to participate, participating companies must be a Maryland. manufacturer (Manufacturing NAICS code required in Dun & Bradstreet database) 
  • Intern candidates must be eligible to work in the United States and may be asked to meet specific hiring requirements of participating organizations.
  • Selected Interns must work a minimum of 30 hours a week and a minimum of 4 weeks total.
  • Interns are expected to participant in the MEP training & tour schedule as part of the program.
  • An Internship Exit Form and all intern Paystubs must be submitted to Maryland MEP as the close of the program in order to receive reimbursement.
  • The reimbursement will be issued at the completion of the internship via electronic bank transfer.

Program Champions

Program Coordinator

If you have questions regarding the Manufacturing Internship Program, please refer to the FAQs or contact:

Kerry Wells

As part of the 2023 Program, Maryland MEP is also providing the interns with an opportunity to enroll in one of our on-demand training courses at a discounted price.

The training topics include:

Industry 4.0 Overview

The Industry 4.0 Overview Training package provides learners with an in-depth understanding of the critical elements of the fourth industrial revolution including Cybersecurity, Digital Twin, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.

SME Certified Manufacturing Associate Training Program

This SME Certified Manufacturing Associate Training Program prepares individuals for high-demand, entry-level careers and can also be used by manufacturers as an effective onboarding program for new employees.

Lean Kickstart

Lean fosters a spirit of continual improvement and increased employee engagement which leads to tangible business results. The Lean Kickstart Learning Path introduces foundational lean principles and how they relate to business performance.