What is the High School Internship Program about? What is the purpose?
Regardless of students’ post-secondary plans, internships provide a way to proactively experience a specific job setting and enable students to find careers they really enjoy.
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 to provide an educational experience that will help the students discover what they like to do. If your business has more than one department, for example, in a supportive internship the student could complete a rotation in each department. The purpose of this would be to help the student experience the different types of work completed by the organization. This internship will require more one-on-one support than the independent internship.
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 still need guidance and may need assistance, but overall should be able to complete tasks efficiently.
How long will the intern be with our organization?
Internships can vary in length, dependent on business and student needs. But if the student is a good match for your organization and you are interested in keeping him/her on you may negotiate with the student and their parents. Internships can last for a semester, a specified number of hours, or as long as needed to complete a project.
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 necessary, it is your choice. Each student will be receiving high school credit for this internship.
What about interns using their phones?
Interns are told that the use of phones is inappropriate unless otherwise stated by the organization. For instance, if there is some confusing language it would be okay to use phones to access the internet to look up a definition, or to share articles to promote the business. However, it is our understanding at BB2C that these interns will acknowledge that they are in a professional environment and therefore should only use their phones in a case of emergency or something similar to the above stated circumstances.
Does my business/organization match with any of the Career Clusters?
As there are 16 Career Clusters, your business will match at least one of them in one way or another. Click here to read descriptions of the 16 national career clusters.