Manufacturing Careers Internship Program

Aurora Area MCIP Overview

Manufacturing Careers Internship Program

Industry-Driven Youth Program Offers Train-to-Hire Internships


What is the MCIP?

The Manufacturing Career Internship Program (MCIP) is designed to help employers find and hire young adults interested in manufacturing. At the same time, it provides out-of-school youth ages 18 – 21 with the opportunity “try out” and enter into a manufacturing career.

The MCIP starts with a 3-week “Manufacturing Boot Camp” followed by a 6 to 8-week paid internship at local participating manufacturers. At the end of the internship, employers can decide to hire the interns at no charge.

Launched in 2011 to help fill the critical shortage of young adults entering manufacturing, the MCIP has introduced manufacturing to over 130 young adults in 5 counties, with over 70% of them finding employment or pursuing additional education and training. The MCIP is a collaborative partnership between Business and Career Services (BCS), Medusa Consulting Group and the Kane County Department of Employment and Education (KCDEE).


Benefits to Employers:

  • Opportunity to find and train motivated, entry-level employees
  • No commitment required to hire intern after internship
  • The MCIP internship is a paid internship – no charge to employers
  • BCS serves as the employer of record and covers all wages to the interns and liability insurance during the internship.



The MCIP builds and leverages alliances with local organizations including:

1) Kane County Department of Employment and Education

2) Local Manufacturers

3) Economic Development Organizations

4) Industry Associations and Local Chambers

5) Community Colleges


MCIP Timeline

July 21                         Aurora MCIP Bootcamp Starts (includes plant tours and OSHA certification)

August 6                      Manufacturer’s MCIP Internship Selection

August 8                      “Draft Day” – Intern assignments made

August 18                    Internship Program starts (approximately 240 hrs.)

September 26              Internship Program ends



  • 70% of the interns are now employed or pursuing additional education and training.
  • 50% of the interns are now employed in manufacturing.
  • Received 2013 “Innovative Solutions” Award from the Illinois Workforce Partnership
  • Featured as a “Best Practice” by the National Association of Workforce Board Professionals
  • Covered by Northwestern University Medill Graduate School for Journalism


For more information contact:

MCIP Project Manager                         Rand Haas       630-351-9795  

Employer Outreach Liaison                 Sid Hussaini     847-809-8901

BCS Services Youth Coordinator        Eddie Perez      224-538-1039


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