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Under Bill, Businesses Could Receive Tax Credits For Hiring College Students

Rep. Shevrin Jones (D-West Park)
Rep. Shevrin Jones' twitter account
Rep. Shevrin Jones (D-West Park)
Credit Rep. Shevrin Jones' twitter account
Rep. Shevrin Jones' twitter account

Companies that make interns into employees could get tax credits under a legislative proposal. The Internship Tax Credit Program will help degree-seeking students receive a job after college.  

Rep. Shevrin Jones (D-West Park) wants to boost the chances of new college grads landing jobs.

“The students benefit from it because once you graduate, you’re looking for a job," Jones says. "So if that company decides to keep you once you graduate, that is their benefit to it. So you’re going to have to go on a large job hunt looking for work, the company can actually keep you based on your performance, of course.”

Jones’ proposed Internship Tax Credit Program would give businesses tax credits up to a specified amount for hiring their former interns. He says students would have better opportunities with job offers in the state they received their degree.

“I think this is what we call smart policy," he adds. "It keeps good talent here within the state of Florida. Once again, I think if we’re educating students we need to find a way to keep them here also.”

The bill has not received a hearing yet. Jones says he’s not sure when or if the measure will be heard. 

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Davondra Alston is a Florida A&M University graduate. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism. Prior to interning with WFSU-FM, she interned at the Association of Florida Colleges and Capitol Outlook. She also participated in FAMU TV 20 at Five as an associate producer, writing and producing scripts. Alston is looking forward to attending graduate school to major in a Science and Speech Disorders program.