What is the DC Public Schools (DCPS) Career Ready Internship initiative?
The DCPS Career Ready Internship initiative is a collaborative effort between DCPS and the Department of Employment Services (DOES) designed to match highly qualified Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) applicants with exceptional internship opportunities in their career fields of interest. DCPS also partners with the OSSE DC Career Academy Network (DC CAN) to support Friendship PCS, Maya Angelou PCS, DC International PCS, and KIPP DC PCS in securing internship placements for students.
Are Career Ready Internships different than SYEP internships?
Yes. There are additional requirements to become a Career Ready Intern. On top of registering with SYEP for payment, Career Ready Interns must also receive Tenacity professional skills training at their school and complete a rigorous interview process.
How do I become a Host Employer?
The first step in becoming a Career Ready Internship Host Employer is to complete a Host Employer application. Once you have completed a Host Employer application, DCPS staff will follow up to determine next steps.
What are the responsibilities of a Host Employer?
Host employers are required to take on the following responsibilities:
What are the time commitments of Host Employers?
2020 Career Ready Internships will be held from June 29 to August 7th, 2020. The dates align with the DOES MBSYEP window. Interns are required to complete 20 – 25 hours of work per week during the six week internship period.
How does DCPS support Host Employers?
All vetted host employers will be paired with a school level primary point of contact. This point of contact will provide support to host employers throughout the summer. These supports include:
Who does the Career Ready Internship initiative partner with?
Career Ready Internship Host Employer’s cover a broad range of industries. We try our best to recruit partners who represent the high wage, high demand industries of Washington, DC. We expect all of our partners to provide vibrant, challenging, and professional internship experience for interns. All Career Ready Internship Host Employers are vetted personally by DCPS staff and are required to provide proof of a criminal background check.
Does being a Host Employer cost any money?
No. There is no monetary cost to participate, as interns are paid by the DC Department of Employment Services.
Who is qualified to apply for an Career Ready Internship?
All student applicants must meet the following criteria:
Can we interview our students to select our interns?
Yes. You can interview students during the Host Employer application process.
How are interns selected to participate in a Career Ready Internship?
After completing employability skills training, students must:
What types of internships are available?
During the 2020 Program year, DCPS Career Ready Internships will include the following career fields:
What skills will interns learn through the employability skills training?
I’m having trouble entering my information on the application. What is going wrong?
For last and first names:
Resources for Summer Host Employers