Our Programs

Stay Work Play carries out its mission of supporting ongoing economic, workforce, and community development by promoting the state as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work and play, through the following programs:


Rising Stars Awards

The Rising Stars Awards are an initiative of Stay Work Play, in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio, to celebrate and recognize New Hampshire’s remarkable young professionals and college students, initiatives to keep them here, and the businesses and programs that go the extra mile to recruit and retain them.


NH Internships

NH Internships is an initiative to enhance economic conditions in New Hampshire by offering educational employment opportunities to local students and working professionals.

Stay Work Play Challenge Grant

Challenge Grant

The Stay Work Play Challenge Grant incentive program showcases New Hampshire employers who agree to contribute $8,000 to pay down federal college loans of newly hired New Hampshire graduates over the first four years of their employment.

Stay Work Play Give


Stay Work Play Give is a partnership between Stay Work Play and young professional organizations from around New Hampshire to host local nonprofit fairs in different parts of the state all on one day. The idea behind this is to encourage NH young professionals and college students to get civically engaged in their communities through volunteering with local nonprofits.

Life of the Party

SWP_LifeofthePartylogoLife of the Party, in partnership between Stay Work Play and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, is a public policy series featuring presidential candidates and other political figures. Engaging members of NH’s Young Professionals Networks, college students and other young talent, the program allows a chance for free-flowing and casual discussion with political candidates where party politics take a backseat to civil conversation.

Talent & Internship Summit

The spring Talent & Internship Summit brings together NH businesses, higher education institutions, and students for the purpose of working collaboratively. At the event in 2014 we worked to increase internship placement and quality though the creation of a “Statement of Principles.”

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