Pelham Together’s paid summer internship program offers high school students an opportunity to build leadership skills, experience and connections by working at different local establishments with community leaders as mentors.
As an introduction, interns participate in a two-day Leadership Retreat facilitated by an expert in the field of youth development. Interns engage in interactive relationship-building activities to build and strengthen skills that will assist them in their placements and beyond. Such job and life skills include—team building, identifying different leadership styles, developing communication skills, resume writing, and networking/interview practice.
Following the Leadership 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 an organization, and the intern will work on a project designed by that group. Pelham Together will also host a group of interns who will work directly with our Youth Advocate in designing youth events and campaigns for the coming school year. As part of the Leadership Retreat, interns will meet their mentors, and establish a schedule and goals for the following three weeks.
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 a maximum of 10 hours per week for those 3 weeks, and in addition will require 2 hours each Friday for a whole group check-in/luncheon every Friday. These sessions are designed to allow interns a chance to share with one another, receive support and/or guidance from our Youth Advocate.
Successful applicants should be energetic, self-motivated and willing to connect with others. Students must be Pelham residents entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2019 to be eligible for the program, but do not have to attend Pelham Memorial High School. Interns will interview with volunteer community leaders as part of the selection process. Interns are expected to become a part of the Youth Leadership Council, as their time allows, during the school year to continue their work as leaders in the community. Interns will present a summary of their project work to the Pelham Together Board of Directors in the fall following their internship.
First week of May
By May 30
Leadership Retreat / Training Sessions
Friday, July 26th – 12:30 - 6:30 pm
Monday, July 29th - 12:30 – 6:30 pm
Week 1: Internship placement hours
Tuesday, July 30th – August 2nd: Days and hours determined between Mentoring Organization and Intern (max of 10 hours / week)
Friday, August 2rd: Pelham Together luncheon with whole intern group (2 hrs.)
Week 2: Internship placement hours
Monday, August 5th – 8th: Days and hours determined between Mentoring Organization and Intern (max of 10 hours / week)
Friday, August 9th: Pelham Together luncheon with whole intern group (2 hrs.)
Week 3: Internship placement hours
Monday, August 12th – 15th: Days and hours determined between Mentoring Organization and Intern (max of 10 hours / week)
Friday, August 16th: Pelham Together luncheon with whole intern group (2 hrs.)