The Talent Pipeline Program was conceived as part of a second year South Carolina Innovation Challenge Grant which was awarded to the Knowledge Park collaborating partners, including the Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation, the City of Rock Hill, Winthrop University, York Technical College and Rock Hill Schools. The program was initially designed to utilize grant funds to pay one half the cost of a college student intern, employed by local technology companies.
The program has now expanded to include an array of companies where local college students, primarily from Winthrop University and York Technical College, are encouraged to submit resumes to match with the internship job descriptions. When an intern and a company are matched up, the intern is paid $10 per hour for up to 20 hours of work per week. The Talent Pipeline then reimburses the company $5 for each hour an intern works. If a company has found a good fit with a particular college intern, they are free to hire that person at the end of the internship period. The original grant funds for the program were exhausted as of June 30, 2016, but have continued through a grant from Wells Fargo.