District 211 Summer Internships Benefits Students, Community
During Summer 2016, students from District 211 had the opportunity to collaborate with local businesses that offered internships. The collaboration was a direct result of District 211 and the community trying to help students be career ready by the time they graduate.
The internship experience promotes a seamless transition to the workforce. The soft skills, or employability skills, in addition to the specific career skills acquired during an internship experience are helpful to all students in the journey of finding a career path. Students begin to establish professional networks, strengthen their resume, and gain practical work experience. It also can reaffirm their career interest, open their eyes to a new career path, and add to their value as an employee.
There are also benefits for internship hosts, as well. The hosts provide a fresh perspective and valuable insight, acquire a cost effective work force, provide leadership opportunities for their employees, as well as a chance to evaluate prospective employees. One host said their business is improving its processes because they have to teach what they are doing. This makes employees better because they have to learn to teach and rethink all the steps.
Summer 2016 hosts include: Altronics, Arcon Architects, Bingaman – Precision Metal Spinning, Big Kaiser, District 211 Woodworking Department, Felsomat, GCAMP, Greenlee Diamond, Hydraforce, Innovative Components, Mitsubishi Materials, Owens and Associates Consulting, PM Mold, School of Rock, United Displaycraft, and Wittenstein Arena.
District 211 appreciates the time and effort it takes to host an intern and is looking for hosts for future internship sites. The District has made the process as streamlined as possible. Internship hosts need to have work for the intern to do as well as skills to teach the intern aside from basic employability skills. Additionally, they need to designate a supervisor or mentor, set aside a physical space, and give an orientation of the business to the student.
For any businesses interested in being an internship host, please contact the Career Advisor at your school, or the career advisor coordinator, Jan Brottman, .