In spring 2017, Alexis Rivera, a junior at Hartford’s Pathways Academy, knew it was time to take his future into his own hands. He had been interested in internships to get some real-world experience since his sophomore and knew he needed to take some steps to make it happen. So he asked for help from his guidance counselor who showed him how to prepare a resume and apply. In January 2017, Alexis was selected for a spring internship in the Hartford Student Internship Program and was placed at FaithCare.
At FaithCare, Alexis had a robust experience. He updated the company website and translated outreach documents and social media pieces into Spanish to help reach a larger audience and better serve their clients. He also received additional training and support from the staff at the Center for Latino Progress. At the end of his internship, Alexis also prepared and presented a report for all managers about what he had learned. Alexis’ supervisor and mentor from FaithCare was so impressed by Alexis’ work that he was invited to come back for a summer internship.
Now more students like Alexis will have access to internships and other job development training thanks to a one-year, $150,000 grant from the Hartford Foundation for Pubic Giving to support the Hartford Student Internship Program. “The $150,000 investment in the Hartford Student Internship Program by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is critical to supporting the talent development pipeline needed by area business and industry,” said Alex Johnson, president and CEO of Capital Workforce Partners. “As Capital Workforce Partners drives to close the skills gap, this investment will provide critical work experiences for 150 Hartford Public School students leading to their successful career development.”
The Hartford Student Internship Plan (HSIP), a partnership with Hartford Public Schools, Capital Workforce Partners, the City of Hartford, MetroHartford Alliance and CBIA, offers project-based learning experiences and internships to juniors and seniors in high school. Through this program students participate in mock interviews, resume development and other workforce readiness training prior to gaining actual work experience. Internship placements are aligned to student interest and/or academy theme of the high school.
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving