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Stay Work Play NH Receives $25,000 Grant
Published Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Stay Work Play, a Manchester nonprofit aiming to attract and retain workers in their twenties and thirties to the Granite State, received a $25,000 grant from the NH Charitable Foundation in Concord. The nonprofit will use the grant to help further publicize the value of internships and market their NHInternships.com program.

The website collects internship opportunities offered by New Hampshire businesses and organizations, who can post listings on the site for free. The site is geared towards students currently enrolled in NH colleges and universities as well as NH natives attending school elsewhere.

Judy Burrows, director of student aid at the NH Charitable Foundation, says the grant will position Stay Work Play as the '"go-to’ place for internship opportunities, making it easier for New Hampshire employers and students to find the right match.”

Through this one-year grant, Stay Work Play plans to double the number of businesses and students utilizing the site on their trajectory to 5,000 users within five years. The nonprofit hopes to see NH companies using the site as a pipeline for vetting potential talent for hire, resulting in more retention. Through this, the organization also hopes to see further improved relations and communication between businesses and higher education.

"As students step into their internships, they are provided real-world experience with New Hampshire organizations, which may ultimately lead to permanent job placement," says Kate Luczko, president and CEO of Stay Work Play. "Internships create a great opportunity for both sides of the equation to try each other out, but in addition, students start to build their network, and hopefully feel more connected with NH communities and more apt to stay here longer."

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