ROCKY HILL — Tech innovation hub Connecticut Innovations Inc. (CII) hopes to bolster state students’ technology skills for the workforce.

CII is launching the Technology Talent Bridge Program, an initiative to provide learning activity experiences for Connecticut college students (those at least studying for bachelors degrees) through mentored internships at small, technology-based businesses in the state.

The program is designed to ease students’ path to finding jobs post-college, and to keep graduates in the state by linking them with local companies. CII hopes the program will also strengthen school curricula by building industry skills, and stimulate job creation.

Eligible companies must present a student or team of participating students a project involving a technology problem that must be solved within three to nine months. The inaugural internships are set to begin at the end of summer 2012 and continue into the fall and winter months.

Participating companies will be eligible for grants of up to $25,000 for intern compensation.