Innovation Internship Fund and Innovative Internship Pilot Program; established, report. (SB1628)

Introduced By

Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico) with support from co-patron Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public institutions of higher education; innovation. Establishes the Innovative Internship Fund and Innovative Internship Pilot Program, to be administered by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, for the purpose of awarding grants on a competitive basis to public institutions of higher education that partner with at least one private sector entity that agrees to provide matching funds to facilitate innovative internship programs for students enrolled at the institution that accomplish one or more enumerated goals related to the workforce. The bill also permits any public institution of higher education to propose in conjunction with the six-year plan process, and the General Assembly to adopt by reference in the general appropriation act, an institutional partnership performance agreement (agreement) that advances the objectives of the Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011 by aligning the strategies, activities, and investments of the institution, the Commonwealth, and any identified partners concerning (i) college access, affordability, cost predictability, and employment pathways for undergraduate Virginia students and (ii) strategic talent development and other high-priority economic initiatives of the Commonwealth. The bill contains provisions relating to mandatory and permissive contents of, the approval process for, and the legal effect of any such agreement. Read the Bill »


01/17/2019: passed committee


01/09/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19102480D
01/09/2019Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/17/2019Rereferred from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2019Rereferred to Finance

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