LCRCC is one of the only Chambers in the nation that manages a high school internship program. Training Interns and Partnering for Success (TIPS) is a job skills course to prepare high school students to enter the workforce. Administered in partnership with area high schools, education providers, and local businesses, the 20 hour course develops professional, communication, and basic soft-skills in the classroom (resume writing, interviewing, etc.). The goal of the program is to have students successfully complete a 40-hour internship at a local business or organization in a student’s field of interest. Students earn high school credit for completing both the class and unpaid internship. For many students, this “job shadowing” opportunity reinforces their vocational interest, while others have learned through their internship that the job they imagined is not exactly the same as the actual job.
- – Research personal strengths and careers of interest
- – Conducting a job search
- – Compose and construct a complete resume
- – Develop professionalism and interview skills
- – Increase understanding of workplace culture
- – Compose a cover letter to an employer of interest
- – Develop professional communication skills
- – Appropriate use of social media
- – Conflict resolution in the workplace
The internship training plan includes goals that the intern and his or her supervisor develop, including:
Work Ethic and Professionalism:
– Attendance and punctuality
– Workplace appearance
– Accepting direction and feedback,
– Motivation and initiative
– Understanding workplace culture, policy, and safety.
Communication and Interpersonal Skills:
– Speaking and using appropriate language
– Active listening and understanding
– Interacting with co-workers and supervisor
Who is TIPS for?
TIPS is available for students in participating TIPS high schools who are motivated to learn more about working independently in the community and want to gain field experience. Hosting an intern is also a great opportunity to provide students with real-life experience and make a difference growing Vermont’s workforce. Click here to learn why you should host an intern. For more information, contact Cathy Davis.