Partners coordinates a comprehensive Internship Program that provides paid, experiential learning opportunities to disadvantaged students. Through partnerships with local businesses and nonprofits we can address the lack of real world experiential learning opportunities that are necessary for students to remain engaged in school and motivated in achieving their future goals. The goal of this program is to address the following needs:
- Students need adequate training and preparation before entering the professional world
- Students in lower income brackets need to be compensated for their work
- Local business and community members need to play a significant and unique role in educating and developing the future workforce
This program serves high school students (16-18 years old) who demonstrate perseverance and motivation to succeed despite some type of challenge they face. The majority of our student participants face financial obstacles and are the first in their families to pursue higher education.
Prior to being accepted to the Internship Program, all students must successfully complete our application process. This includes several in-depth essay questions, a recommendation from a teacher or other school staff member, and an interview. In addition, all students must maintain a 2.0 GPA to be considered. It is ideal for an intern to have first taken a Career Technical Education (CTE) course.
Job Readiness Training
Before they reach their employers’ doors, students complete seven weeks of volunteer-run job readiness training on the following topics:
- Resumes, cover letters and employment paperwork
- Interview skills
- Workplace attire
- Attitude and demeanor
- Customer service
- Workplace etiquette
- Financial literacy
Internship Work Experience
Partners provides students with support and training, while local businesses provide hands-on work experience in fields aligned with their interests.
• Students are connected with businesses matching their interests
• Interns work an average of 10 hours/week for 80 hours total
• Partners acts as a resource for students and hosts, playing the
role of case manager when needed
Students earn minimum wage for 14 training hours and 80 hours of paid work experience. Interns are paid through the Santa Barbara County Education Office. Hosts are simply invoiced for half of the wages once an internship is completed. Partners handles all student employment items (insurance, work permits, tax paperwork, etc.)
• Trained, motivated interns in the workplace
• A crucial role in the life of a student and in a community effort to develop a strong and competitive future workforce
Interested in hosting an intern at your business? Click here to share information about your needs and our Internship Program staff will contact you shortly.
Internship start dates are flexible and occur throughout three program sessions each year: fall, winter, and summer.
Interested students should visit their school’s Career Center to pick up a current application, or call (805) 964-4710 ext. 4413.