Thinking Beyond the Traditional Internship Model
To get high school students ready for the business world, they need access to internships. Employers and schools can collaborate to innovate the internship model so that it works for both the student and the employer.
Internships are a powerful way to provide full immersion in the world of work with responsibility for real, necessary tasks that matter to an employer. They provide experience that prepares students to successfully begin careers in their chosen field.
To give that opportunity to more students, schools and employers can build upon the 4Ps of internship, as developed by Creating IT Futures:
- Project for the student to work on that's both challenging and valued
- Place for the student to work on the project
- Personnel who will care about and supervise the intern
- Payment, preferably monetary, to the students for the work they do
We’ve developed models for 4 types of internships that employers can implement to create student internships. Check out our infographic
for more details.
See some of these models in action, as we develop summer internships for Chicago Public Schools’ Early College STEM School students