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FAQs for Teachers

What is the DC Public Schools (DCPS) Career Ready Internship initiative?

The DCPS Career Ready Internship initiative matches highly qualified SYEP applicants with exceptional internship opportunities in their career fields of interest.

Are Career Ready Internships different than Summer Youth Employment (SYEP) internships?

The Career Ready Internship initiative is a collaboration between DCPS and SYEP designed to provide select SYEP applicants with exceptional internships opportunities. Much like other SYEP interns, Career Ready Intern applicants must register with SYEP in order to receive payment. On top of this requirement, Career Ready Interns must also receive employability skills training at their school and complete a rigorous interview process. As compensation for these additional requirements, Career Ready Interns over the age of 16 receive a higher starting wage of 9.25 – 10.00 per hour.

When do the Career Ready Internships take place?

2017 Career Ready Internships will be held between June 26 and August 4.

Who is qualified to apply for an Career Ready Internship?

All student applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be between the ages of 15 – 21
  • Must be enrolled in DC Public Schools (or a participating charter school)
  • Must have completed, or be enrolled in employability skills training at their school

How are interns selected to participate in a Career Ready Internship?

After completing employability skills training, students must:

  1. Register with the Summer Youth Employment Program
  2. Complete a Career Ready Internship application
  3. Participate in an interview at their school
  4. Attend a mandatory orientation prior to June 26

What types of internships are available?

During the 2017 Program year, DCPS Career Ready Internships will include the following career fields:

  • Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Construction
  • Environmental Science
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Business
  • Government
  • Culinary Arts
  • Health Sciences
  • Public Safety

What skills will interns learn through the employability skills training?

  • Poise: First Impressions, Professional Dress, Positive Attitude, Professional Communication, Public Speaking
  • Initiative: Organization, Time Management, Banking, Resume Writing, Cover Letter Writing
  • Tenacity: Branding, Networking, Social Networking “Netiquette”, Interviewing Skills

How much are students paid? Interns who are selected for a Career Ready Internship are paid at the following rates:

  • Age 16-21 – 10.00 per hour
  • Age 15 – 5.25 per hour
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