Pelham Together's paid summer internship program provides high school students with an opportunity to build leadership and job readiness skills and experience by participating in various projects working with different community leaders as mentors.
Interns interview with adult volunteers as part of the selection process and will present on their summer experience to the PACT Board of Directors and other civic groups in the fall following their internship.
As an introduction to the 4-week session, interns will participate in a Leadership Retreat facilitated by an expert in the field of youth development.
Interns will work on various job readiness skills through fun, interactive activities—getting to know one another, learning about their own leadership styles, and developing communication skills that will assist them in their internship placement.
Following the Retreat, interns will carry out an internship at one of several partnering organizations, ranging from local government and civic entities to education, to business, to arts, to non-profits. Each intern will be matched with a partnering group, and the intern will work on a project designed by that group. Pelham Together will also host an intern group that will work on a youth-designed project that addresses a community need of the interns’ choosing.
The internship placement will be for 3 weeks, with exact dates and times coordinated between the organization and the intern. Internship work will be for up to 10 hours per week, with a required group check-in/luncheon every Friday for 2 additional hours. Eligible candidates must be students who live in Pelham entering grades 9-12 in the fall following their internship, but do not have to attend Pelham Memorial High School. All interns are expected to become part of the Pelham Together Youth Leadership Council once the school year begins to continue their work as leaders in the community. The internship is a paid position at $11/hour.
The internship schedule for Summer 2018 is outlined below. The schedule allows for flexibility for young people to tack this experience on to another job or volunteer commitment. To apply to be an intern, click here.
For mentoring organizations
By becoming a partnering organization who hosts an intern, you are an important source of connection, mentoring, and leadership development for the young people in Pelham. Organizations can range in sector from government and civic organizations to education, to business, to arts, to non-profit. The only requirements for the partnering agency is that they agree to host and mentor an intern (or two) for a period of 3 weeks for up to a maximum of 10 hours per week, with exact dates and times coordinated between the organization and the student. Project work is specific to the needs of the sponsoring entity, and an effort is made to loosely define the scope of a specific project. It is important to Pelham Together that the organizations take seriously the mentoring role and consider their ability to do so when signing up for the program. Pelham Together provides a "toolkit" of helpful tips when working with young people in a mentoring role.
Interns are matched based on interest and availability. The pay is minimum wage ($11/hour) to the intern, and Pelham Together and the sponsoring organization split the cost. Each week, interns will be required to attend a roundtable luncheon at Pelham Together to share their internship work with their fellow interns.
To become a mentoring organization email firstname.lastname@example.org
WEEK 1: Leadership Retreat
Monday, July 23rd – Thursday, July 26th 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Friday, July 27th: 1:00 – 3:00 pm (intern placement luncheon)
WEEK 2: Internship placement hours
Monday, July 30th – August 2nd: Days and hours determined between Mentoring Organization and Intern (max of 10 hours / week)
Friday, August 3rd : PACT Round-table luncheon with whole intern group (2 hrs.)
WEEK 3: Internship placement hours
Monday, August 6th – 9th : Days and hours determined between Mentoring Organization and Intern (max of 10 hours / week)
Friday, August 10th : PACT Round-table luncheon with whole intern group (2 hrs.)
WEEK 4: Internship placement hours
Monday, August 13th – 16th : Days and hours determined between Mentoring Organization and Intern (max of 10 hours / week)
Friday, August 17th : PACT Round-table luncheon with whole intern group (2 hrs.)