The University of Tulsa successfully competed for three Intern Partnerships awards and ATC New Technologies of Oklahoma City captured two of the awards funded by the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST). The five projects totaled $201,895 for up to two years. OCAST funding will support undergraduate student internships in environmental technologies, robotics, transportation and energy. Interns assist Oklahoma small businesses in their efforts to recruit hard-to-find technology trained employees. OCAST pays half of the cost for an undergraduate intern to work in a research and development setting while the business pays the remaining half. OCAST's program combines university faculty oversight, in most cases, with financial support and company mentoring from the private sector. Many of the college students who participate in the program become employees of the small businesses that sponsor them.
From Staff Reports