Internship: Real World Experience
Job readiness was the focus of the internship. Part of that readiness was learning to treat the paid internship as a real job. Each morning the Acts4Youth van left the meeting spot at Walter P. Carter School promptly at 9:30 am. If a student wasn’t on the van or hadn’t let the program directors know they were running a few minutes late, the van left without them, and they weren’t paid for the day. If they spoke rudely or inappropriately, they were written up.
“After the first couple weeks, we saw a real switch,” said Tay, the Out-of-School Programs Director.”They began to take the internship more seriously and show up on time and call us to let us know if they were sick.
- Took the Myers Briggs and learned how the results can help them better understand their personality and why some jobs may be a better fit.
- During a visit to State Farm, learned about the characteristics employers look for in employees and the questions they ask in interviews to learn about the 90% of a person that can’t be gleaned from a resume.
- Prepared resumes and cover letters and practiced for interviews.
- Interviewed with multiple business people over two different days.
- Developed a career plan by researching education requirements and personality fit, outlining their steps to a job in the field, and how they personally could achieve this career goal.
“They have so much potential and high aspirations,” said Tay. They want to be forensic scientists, surgeons, mechanical engineers, and cyber security specialists. But I think at the beginning many of them thought that they could get by without much effort. There can be a low bar set in their communities. After these four weeks, I think that they learned firsthand that you need to put in effort and there are consequences if you don’t.