Career Exploration Internships

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Career Exploration Internships available in Boston, Metrowest and surrounding suburbs                                     

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EXPLORE YOUR FUTURE     

Participating in an internship is one of the best ways for students in high school and college to explore 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 and college students in the Boston Metrowest area. For over 15 years we have developed outstanding relationships with highly sought after businesses, organizations and public sector employers, who serve as mentors for our internship students.

TEC's internship program, will enable students to:

  • Clarify career goals and future academics
  • Understand what having a job is really like
  • Strengthen a college application and/or resume
  • Gain confidence and life skills
  • Make potential contacts for a future job search

Internships are what you make of them.

"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

Our program in the NEWS:  BOSTON GLOBE article. April 8, 2016.

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LEARN MORE ABOUT TEC INTERNSHIPS AT AN INFORMATION SESSION

2017 - All Information Sessions 7:00-8:00 PM, Morse Institute Library, 14 E Central St, Natick, MA 01760

Cancellations due to inclement weather will be posted here by 3PM.

Tuesday January 31st

Thursday February 9th

Wednesday February 15th

Tuesday March 7th

Tuesday March 21st

Tuesday April 4th  

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PROGRAM DETAILS

TEC Internships are open to junior and senior high school students, and college students*. 

* College students: Please contact us by phone - early and before applying. Please also check your school's requirements for credit with your advisor.

 SUMMER

Registration: 1/16/17 - 4/14/17

  • 4 consecutive weeks
  • average 15 hrs each week
  • 2 - 3 days each week
  • 60 hours total

ACADEMIC YEAR

Registration: at least 8 weeks before desired start date

  • 10 - 12 consecutive weeks
  • 6 - 8 hrs after school each week
  • 2 - 3 days after school each week
  • 60 hours total

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.

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PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Are You Ready for an Internship?

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 policies, procedures and dress code
  • Be realistic about placement location
  • 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

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HOW DO I APPLY?

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 14th, 2017. Academic applications are due at least 8 weeks before desired start date.

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 attachments as Word documents.

Once we receive your completed application, an Internship Coordinator from The Education Cooperative will contact the student to set up a Skype screening interview.


 

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INTERNSHIP PLACEMENTS - Where will I intern?

  • 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.
  • Students must be willing to explore various environments based on initial ideas and with input from Internship Coordinator after their screening interview.
  • You will choose 2 careers of interest when applying online. Your Internship Coordinator will consider both choices when matching you with a sponsor organization. We take into consideration: your interests, your strengths, your skills (and those required by the sponsor), your time availability and geographic parameters. 
  • Student interns should be willing to accept both career strands listed on their application as internship placements.
  • You must have transportation to and from your internship placement.
  • Below are examples of careers that students can explore.
  • We work with companies and organizations in the Boston Metrowest area, from small to large, and provide placements in more than 30 careers of interest.
  • Our talented internship mentors are dedicated men and women professionals who work for the sponsor organizations. They allow students to shadow, provide career advice and learning opportunities.
  • Your Internship Coordinator will support you during the internship process:
    • creating or improving your resume
    • preparing for your sponsor interview
    • facilitating your placement and career exploration
    • answering any question via email or phone
    • communicating news, events
  • Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received. We encourage students to apply as soon as we open our registration.
  • Internships in popular careers fill up fast and spots are limited in some careers. Apply EARLY!

  • Biology,Biochemistry, Chemistry,Chemical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Geology
  • Engineering (civil, mechanical/electrical)
  • Medicine* (research, physical therapy)
  • Finance
  • Computers, IT
  • Communications, Public relations, International relations
    • Government-Politics
    • Graphic production & design
    • Marketing (fundraising, merchandising, online, non-profit, event planning)
    • Interior Design
    • Radio (jazz, talk) or TV production
    • Special Education (teaching, nursing)
    • Psychology (outdoors therapy)
    • production
    • History (museum, archive)
    • Music production
    • Retail Merchandising
    • Sports (communications, management)
    • Veterinary Medicine
    • Animal Rescue

     

    • for other opportunities, please inquire

    * Due to HIPPA laws, students interested in pursuing medicine should consider an internship in Physical Therapy, Veterinary Medicine or Medical research.

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    PROGRAM FEES AND REFUND POLICY

     Summer Internships 60-hours:

    • $850 for students who attend school in TEC member districts*.
    • $950 for students who attend schools in Non-TEC member districts and all college students.

     Applications are due by April 14th for summer placement!

    Academic Internships 60-hours:

    • $850 for students who attend schools in TEC member districts*.
    • $950 for students who attend schools in Non-TEC member districts and all college students.

     Applications are due 8 weeks before the desired start date.  

    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
    • Placement coaching
    • Career assessment and reflective journaling
    • Supervision and evaluation
    • Career/college focus workshops
    • Administrative costs of internship development

    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.

    REFUND Policy:

    • With all Internship program applications, the fee includes a non-refundable $ 400 processing fee.
    • No refunds will be issued once the student has interviewed with the sponsor organization and has accepted 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.
     

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    READ Meet the Team and Testimonials.

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    For any further questions

    For additional information please contact:

    Telma Sullivan, Internships & Career Exploration Program Coordinator, 781-326-2473 x721

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