Last fall we launched an internship program for all students who have completed or are currently going through our workforce development program at GAP.
In the first year of providing this opportunity, nine students have participated in internships with various organizations in the community – Boys and Girls Club, to GAP and Neighborhood House. A handful of students are also currently in the interview process. Duties range from working in the IT department, to translating medical terminology from English to Hmong, to aiding in computer instruction and tutoring.
The internship program has given students the confidence to become leaders in the school and classroom. Neighborhood House Interns have stepped up in the classroom by helping other students with computer questions and an IT intern has since been given additional duties throughout various departments within GAP.
All of the interns have gained practical skills throughout the year, but the confidence each one exudes is undoubtedly the biggest gain. We’re excited about providing this new avenue of opportunity for students – giving them a chance to practice the skills they learn in the workforce development program in a professional setting further prepares them to enter the workforce when they complete school.