What is the purpose?
The purpose of this internship program is to provide an experience for high school students that will complement what they are learning in the classroom and increase their soft skills. This is different than a part time job in that students are expected to reflect on the experience and use what they have learned to help them determine a post-secondary pathway. Career awareness and development is the main goal of the program.
What is the High School Internship Program about?
BB2C offers two levels of internships for high school students, a supportive internship, and an independent internship.
A supportive internship is for developing soft skills and providing an educational experience to help the student discover what they like to do. If your business has more than one department, an example of a supportive internship would be for the student to experience different departments to observe and participate. This internship will require more opportunities for reflection and feedback from employees.
An independent internship is similar to a “next level” experience. These interns will have developed soft skills and can work independently, or with little monitoring. Since they are still students they will need guidance and may need assistance, but overall should be able to do tasks efficiently and independently. Examples of tasks may include providing a problem to solve or an organizational issue to research.
Is it a paid internship?
BB2C is not paying for the time that the intern will be with you at your business. However, if you feel that monetary compensation is appropriate, it is your choice.