Internship Grants

The John R. Gentille Foundation (JRGF) was founded in 1989 by members of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) as a means to provide needed education, research programs, and products that the association either could not or should not undertake.

MCAA interns working for member companies is a win-win for the mechanical contracting industry. Employers get top talent and build a pipeline of future employees. Students gain experience, create connections, develop skills and further their interest in mechanical contracting.
JRGF Internship Grant Program
Submitted Interns must be students in good standing at an accredited college or university.  MCAA encourages priority to students from its 50+ student chapters, however it is not required. 

MCAA updated its student internship grant process to focus on the interns and give them the best opportunities possible with MCAA member companies. Now, $500 grants will be offered directly to students who accept internships or full-time positions, with funding from JRGF, in the form of a Visa gift card.  Likewise, $1,000 will be distributed to the hiring company.
2024 JRGF Grant Application Process

Part 1
Submit an application for each intern
Companies with one intern are eligible for a $1,000 grant OR companies with two or more interns may receive a grant for $2,000.
Part 2
For companies that convert an intern to a full-time hire, a $500 gift card will be mailed to the company to resent to their new hire. New hire conversions are unlimited.  

MCAKC Supplemental Internship Grant Program
At the annual discretion of the MCAKC Board of Directors, this program extends a $2,500 Supplemental Internship Grant to MCAKC Member Contractors with a maximum of four (4) per Member Contractor.

This Grant is payable to the Member Contractor on the Intern's 60th day of employment and can be used independently or as a supplement to the JRGF Internship Grant Program.  

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