Internship Connection is a comprehensive, supervised program that provides High School and College students with "real-world" work experience through unpaid internships. Students' specific career interests are matched to mentors in their chosen field during a Spring, Summer, Fall or Gap Semester.
Understanding that students take time off for many reasons, our role is one of advocate and academic advisor. The program is individualized for each student according to career interests and desired work schedule. We meet with the student one time, followed by email and phone contact.
We have developed a comprehensive and proven process to maximize the value of an internship:
Initial Meeting: Our meeting with the student consists of supportive, informal conversation. Sometimes it is possible to arrange a phone meeting if the student cannot meet in person. We learn about the students life situation and interests and discuss internship possibilities. Some students know exactly what type of internship they are looking for while others do not. By reviewing past courses and activities, we look for a thread of interest that can be developed through an internship. We enjoy helping students identify something that might spark their interest in an academic area or develop a talent that the student would like to explore.
Developing the Resume: Next, we work with each student to develop a resume or refine one that they may already have. Then, we forward the students resume to targeted companies and organizations and speak to potential workplace mentors. We look for placements where the student is not competing against others to snag a position, but rather a workplace environment that may be more nurturing. When the mentor is interested, we put the student in contact with the mentor to set up an interview.
Preparing for the Workplace Interview: Over the phone, using role play, we prepare the student for their workplace interview. We ask students to research the worksite and we pose questions to them that are commonly asked in interviews.
The Internship: The student and mentor establish a work schedule that is suitable for both parties. During the course of the internship, we maintain contact with the student and mentor and provide advice to both concerning the Letter of Recommendation.
Internships available in: Boston, New York and Austin.