The University of Alaska is offering to help graduate students who are considering pursuing a career in the state of Alaska after they finish high school, according to a news release.
The Alaska Legislature passed a bill in 2016 to allow students to work in Alaska after graduation, but the law only allows a limited number of jobs to be filled, and the UAA will assist students who can prove their experience in Alaska is an asset to their career.
“Alaska’s job market is changing so rapidly that many students are now in their mid-20s and still need work experience, and we are making the most of their opportunities by providing opportunities for them to earn a degree,” UAA President Dan Wieden said.
“We are proud of our commitment to helping students earn an academic degree, and our students will have an opportunity to contribute to the state in many ways, and will be working toward a career opportunity in Alaska once they graduate.”
UAA students who wish to apply must complete an online application at a time when they can be at school, but a preference will be given to those who can demonstrate they can complete their coursework in the next three months.
The internship is open to students who have completed a minimum of 12 credits and are currently enrolled in the Alaska State University or Alaska Community College courses.
If accepted, the student will be paid $3,000 annually and receive an additional $1,000 for every semester they complete a course.
To apply for an internship, a student must have completed at least 12 credits in a specific program at UAA.
Students are also required to have a minimum GPA of 3.5 or better in the program, and are required to participate in community service.
UAA is a Tier 1 research university with more than 1,300 students and an enrollment of more than 5,000.