For Students

As part of the Innovation Academy experience, competitive students will have the opportunity to apply for participation in work-based, earn-and-learn apprenticeships with employer partners in the Greater New Orleans region. Apprenticeships are built on competency-based milestones developed in partnership with industry leaders. Apprentices are paid for the duration of their placement, as well as paired with a mentor at their host employer. Opportunities can vary in length depending on industry placement and needs of the employer.

For Employers

Are you interested in taking an innovative approach to build a robust pipeline of talent? Apprenticeships are not just for the skilled trades. They are a proven framework for all fields that lead to reduced turnover, lower talent recruitment costs, and the opportunity to drive workforce development and economic opportunity where we work and live. The Innovation Academy team can develop customized placements to fit your business needs and requirements, and we’ll help you every step of the way. We’ll provide you with the resources, guidance, and structure to ensure an impactful and successful experience for you and your apprentice(s).

If you’d like to explore potential partnership opportunities with the Innovation Academy at the University of New Orleans, please contact us at Our team will reach out to discuss your areas of interest and program objectives to help you get started.