To compete in today’s global marketplace, Wisconsin companies need people who have the skills to operate abroad. Studies, however, indicate that this need is not being fully met.
A $50,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will enable the University of Wisconsin–Madison to work with eight to 12 small and medium-sized Wisconsin companies on developing the global talent they need, while creating more opportunities for UW–Madison students to cross the bridge from academics into practice.
The International Internship Program (IIP), within the UW–Madison Division of International Studies, will lead this effort, which involves using grant funds to help companies defray the costs of creating internships with an international focus. Most of these internships will likely occur during the summer of 2015.