Your Best Education Outside of the Classroom
Internships available in Boston and surrounding suburbs
It's not a Job... It's an Education
Participating in an internship is one of the best ways for students in high school and college to try on a career and gain work experience. An internship can either confirm a career interest or lead a student in a new direction.
The Education Cooperative (TEC) Internship Program is a selective career exploration placement program supporting junior and senior high school students in the Boston Metrowest area. Through the years we have developed outstanding relationships with highly sought after businesses, organizations and public sector employers.
Through TEC's internship program, students will benefit by...
- Clarifying career goals and future academics
- Understanding what having a job is really like
- Strengthening a college application and/or resume
- Gaining confidence and life skills
- Making potential contacts for a future job search
Internships are what you make of them. It’s not a Job, It’s an Education.
"Overall my internship has been an extremely beneficial experience for me as a business student and as a person. I now have experience in the business world, know what businesses look for in employees and interns, and I even made new friendships. I hope to be lucky enough to participate in another business internship next summer" Britney - Marketing Intern 2014
Our program in the NEWS: BOSTON GLOBE article. April 8, 2016.
are open to junior and senior high school students. For Summer 2016, registration opens January 18th and closes April 15th, 2016.
* College students: Please contact us by phone - early and before applying. Please also check your school's requirements for credit with your advisor.
Summer Signature Internship Program
Academic Year Internship Program
High School Internships are UNPAID:
- Students may receive credit for their participation from their individual school. Credit is determined by the school the student attends.
- A certificate of successful completion is awarded to each participating student and a letter stating the student's participation is sent to each student's counselor/advisor once all requirements of the internship are fulfilled.
- Letters of recommendation may also be provided to each intern by their internship mentor.
PRE-SCREENING CRITERIA for student internship participation:
It takes a mature, responsible and motivated individual to be successful in an internship.
Before applying, students must consider if they can realistically manage an internship if they have a part-time job, vacation plans and after school activities.
Please read and consider the following pre-screening criteria:
- Must have completed 2 years of high school
- For "summer internships", must be able to work 15 hours/wk across 3 days/wk for 4 consecutive weeks
- For "academic year/after school internships", must be able to work 6 hours/wk, 2-3 afternoons/wk, for 10-12 consecutive weeks
- Must have reliable transportation, and backup options, to and from internship site
- Must be willing to adhere to internship site's policies, procedures and dress code
- Be realistic about geographic placement's preference
- Understand that the internship placement could be terminated if student's behavior is not acceptable
- Be able to perform assigned duties/tasks to the best of his/her ability and keep an open mind about learning about a career
TEC Interns Alumni
To begin the application process, we encourage all students to apply online. Payment can be completed using PayPal or Check.
Summer applications are due by April 15th.
While we strive to place every student who applies and is accepted into our program, registration closes once we reach the number of available placements. Apply early!
Your application MUST BE COMPLETED in FULL (including all required attachments and payment) to begin your placement process. Be advised that the online application system will not save information and allow you to complete the application later. To apply you MUST attach: 1) resume; 2) photo; 3) paragraph stating your interest to intern - Please submit all Word docs.
Once we receive your completed application, the assigned Internship Coordinator will contact the student to set up a screening interview within 7 business days.
- TEC offers internships in traditional careers such as Finance, Engineering, Journalism, Marketing, etc. as well as other less-explored careers. Not all internships available are listed here, if you do not see your career of choice listed, please contact us.
- Placement is determined by career of interest, geographical parameters, transportation and time availability.
- Student interns should be willing to accept both career strands listed on their application as internship placements.
- [Due to professional confidentiality, we do not post names of placements on this website]
- Below are examples of careers and locations where students can be placed.
- To learn more about careers, check out our 'Additional resources'
All Information Sessions 7:00-8:00 PM - Cancellations due to inclement weather will be posted here by 3PM.
Wednesday January 13th, Morse Institute Library, Natick
Tuesday February 2nd, Morse Institute Library, Natick
Thursday February 25th, Westwood Public Library
Tuesday March 8th, Needham Public Library
New! Thursday March 31st, Morse Institute Library, Natick
Academic Year 60-hour:
Applications are due 8-10 weeks before the desired start date.
Applications are due by April 15th for summer placement!
The application is not considered complete until we have received full payment.
The student's placement process will not begin until the application is complete.
* TEC districts: Canton, Dedham, Dover-Sherborn, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medfield, Millis, Natick, Needham, Norwood, Walpole, Wayland, Westwood.
The program fee covers:
- Individual interviews, resume development
- Administrative costs of internship development
- Placement coaching
- Supervision and evaluation
- Career/college focus workshops
We do our utmost to find a custom placement in one of the student's chosen fields. Students must interview with and be accepted by the TEC Coordinator and the Sponsor.
Termination of an agreed upon internship - Policy:
If a student decides not to participate in the internship prior to his/her start date, he/she must notify the Internship Coordinator via email at least 20 business days prior to the start date. The Internship Coordinator, not the intern, will notify the sponsor regarding non-participation changes.
- With all Internship program applications, the fee includes a non-refundable $150 processing fee.
- No refunds will be issued once the student has interviewed with the sponsor organization and has aceepted her/his internship placement.
- No refunds will be issued if the sponsor organization terminates the internship due to the student's behavior.
- If a student changes his/her mind, decides not to participate in the internship and does not follow the ‘Termination of an agreed upon internship’ policy, no refunds will be issued.
- No refunds will be issued once the student has started his/her internship; no reduction in fees will be made if a student leaves the program before completing the required hours.
READ frequently asked questions; meet the Team; and, what our interns and mentors say about our program.
For additional information please contact:
Telma Sullivan, Internships & Career Exploration Program Coordinator, 781-326-2473 x721