When small businesses consider whether or not they should hire an intern, this question often arises:

“Will it be worth the extra effort to find qualified candidates, hire someone and train them in?”

It can feel like the workload an intern is meant to alive is simply replaced with amount of time and energy it would take to hire them in the first place. Luckily, this isn’t always the case.

The SciTech Internship Program is designed to make finding and hiring interns easy. Housed at the Minnesota High Tech Association, this state-funded program reimburses 50 percent of a student’s wages (up to $2,500) when small, for-profit Minnesota companies hire their interns through SciTech. Once they’re accepted to the program, companies are granted access to the state’s largest pool of pre-vetted science, technology, engineering and manufacturing (STEM) majors, all qualified to work in their field and eager to apply for new positions.

To get a better understanding of what the hiring process is like, we spoke with TissX Office Administrator Alexis Barthel and asked her to share her #SciTech using the program. Barthel hired SciTech Intern Paige Aichele to work as a lab assistant over the spring.



TissX is a medtech startup based in Plymouth Minnesota. We had the pleasure of meeting with Barthel and Aichele at a site visit a few weeks ago and learned all about the amazing work the company is doing processing and manufacturing tissue patches for heart valves.

Summer is in full swing, but it’s not too late to sign up for the program. SciTech runs yearlong and there are still wage match funds available..

Companies curous to learn more about SciTech can check the program requirements and enroll here.