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LEAN Internship Project

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded an Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grant of $198,248 to Eastern Shore Community College for support of the college’s “Linking Employers and Academic Needs” (LEAN) Internship Project (NSF Award Number 1304821). Beginning July 1, 2013, the four-year project developed internship pathways to prepare students for entry-level science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers and complete certificates or Associate degrees in STEM-related fields.


Though the project has concluded, the LEAN internships are sustained through industry partnerships, the ESCC Foundation, and funding from The National Science Foundation project Creating Technical Scholars: A Model for Structured Pathways (award # 1700550).  See more on Creating Technical Scholars.


Information about applying lean manufacturing practices to the internship process has been disseminated at state, regional and national conferences.  The NSF LEAN Internship Model Guidebook  contains information and sample forms used in the process.


To financially support LEAN internships, contact ESCC Foundation Executive Director, Eve Belote ( or 757.789.1767).


To learn more about applying lean manufacturing principles to your internship program or to adopt the LEAN internship model contact Career Pathways Coordinator, Teresa Guy ( or 757.789.1790) or  faculty member John Floyd ( or 757.789.1778).


Students seeking internships should contact Internship Coordinator Debbie Daniels (  or 757.789.1792). To act as a host for intern placements contact Debbie Daniels.


The LEAN Internship Project grew out of ESCC’s STEM internship program, which was initially funded by the ESCC Foundation and a MentorLinks grant awarded by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). AACC’s MentorLinks program is also supported by NSF funding.


The LEAN Internship Project, NSF Award Number 1304821, was directed by Teresa E. Guy, Principal Investigator, and John H. Floyd, Co-Principal Investigator. The NSF ATE program supports the development of technicians in emerging fields and recognizes the need to inspire, motivate and empower students to develop and achieve career goals. The program funds projects that focus on developing partnerships between community colleges, other higher education institutions, and employers to provide workforce development and education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels.