FAQs & Resources for Interns

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 DOES MBSYEP 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 Tenacity employability skills training at their school and complete a rigorous interview process.

When do the Career Ready Internships take place?

2021 Career Ready Internships will be tentatively held between June 28th – August 6th, the same as the DOES MBSYEP window.

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 – KIPP DC, Friendship PCS, DC International PCS, or IDEA PCS)
  • 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 Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program
  2. Complete a Career Ready Internship application
  3. Participate in the DCPS/OSSE Career Ready Internship Interview Process
  4. Complete mandatory orientation prior to the end of June 2021

What types of internships are available?

DCPS Career Ready Internships will include the following career fields:

  • Information Technology/Netowrking
  • Digital Media
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Construction
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Business & Finance
  • Government
  • Culinary Arts
  • Health Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Mass Media & Communications
  • Public Safety & Leadership

What skills will interns learn through the employability skills training?

  • Employment Introduction and Self Awareness
  • 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

I’m having trouble entering my information on the application. What is going wrong?

For last and first names:

  • You must start your name with an uppercase letter
  • If your name consist of two parts use a or .
  • Examples: Sheryl, Jean-Paul, De’Andre

Email Address:

  • Use this following format: name@example.com
  • Examples: john.smith@gmail.com, michellecosta@yahoo.com

Phone Number:

  • Must use the following format: xxx-xxx-xxxx
  • Example: 123-456-7890

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