In the fall of 2013, People’s Prep launched its internship program. In its first year, we had approximately 30 interns in the program. This year, we have 40 interns placed in 19 external organizations, in addition to several in-school placements. At their internships, students design websites, create blog posts, update social media, plan events, assist customers, teach younger students, and so much more! Interns participate in 10 hours of training prior to beginning their internships, and they also receive professional development twice per month to prepare for success at their internships. Students in grades 10-12 may apply to the program.
I work at Gadget Software, a new start-up company that builds mobile applications for schools. I assist departments at Gadget such as Product Management and Engineering, and I help manage content on applications that Gadget Software creates for their clients.
I enjoy getting to know my coworkers. I like to learn about their background, where they come from and what college they went to.
I display grit at my internship because I always try to complete my work as soon as possible and whenever I’m done I try to assign myself work that will be useful to the company.
One of the most challenging things that I have had to do is get feedback from our users and clients to help improve our services. I had to ask my supervisor for help so that I could know what questions to ask in order to get what we need. I feel like I’ve got it now!
The skills I am learning include typing, user interactions, and how product structures work. An example of user interactions is getting the type of feedback I mentioned above. Product structures involves getting to know how my company’s platform works. My typing speed is also improving!
I want to be a software developer, and this company will help me gain the skills I need in order to do that. It’s a very small company, so I’ve gotten to meet everyone – including the CEO and higher-ups. If I need help or need a job in the future I’ll always have my coworkers at Gadget to ask for advice.
My favorite thing to do is create websites. I enjoy using some of the skills that I learn at my internship to help me with that.
It will help me get into a more selective college and it helps me get more experience in the field I want to work in.
Students who think they’ve got what it takes to participate in this exciting program apply to take the internship elective. Community Program Coordinator, Amy Pozmantier Eberly, reviews all applications and selects student interns who have consistently demonstrated enthusiasm, curiosity, humility, and leadership. Selected students interview with our partners at the beginning of the school year, and the Community Program Coordinator matches students to organizations following the interviews. Students then intern two times per week from September to June, totaling approximately 5 hours per week, or approximately 175 hours throughout the school year. This is the equivalent of about a month of full-time professional experience!
Part of our school’s mission statement is to help students become informed, involved, and resilient citizens. Hosting a People’s Prep intern allows your company or organization the unique opportunity to not only teach a young person invaluable skills that they will need to advance in college and their careers, but it will also give students an opportunity to be a part of an organization that gives back to the Newark community. In the next 3-4 years, we hope to grow the program to include at least 25% of our students. To that end, we are always looking for new partners like you to host interns or to provide resources to run our program. Please contact the Community Program Coordinator, Amy Pozmantier Eberly, at email@example.com or (862) 772-7524 to find out more information about how you can work with us.
Most internships are unpaid—but the experience benefits everyone involved. The company/organization gets to mentor a motivated young person, and our students gain invaluable experience and expertise in the workplace. Interns receive complimentary bus tickets to get to and from their placements. We rely on support from our community members to continue our level of programming and provide necessary resources for our students.
We currently partner with a diverse group of organizations in the Newark area—from nonprofits to government agencies to businesses and schools. The tasks the students perform depend on the students’ interests and the partners’ needs. Tasks can range from assisting with data entry to helping redesign a website. Here is a list of just some of our partners for the 2016-2017 school year:
All supervisors receive training and a guide to help them work with their interns.