BUILDING THE DREAM SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM – HOSTS WANTED!
“During my 9 years as DA, my office has admired the work of the ‘I Have A Dream’ Foundation of Boulder County and we have benefited from hosting some high school Dreamer Scholars and graduates as interns and volunteers. These young people are talented and motivated and will benefit whatever office is fortunate enough to host them in an internship.” — Stan Garnett, Boulder County District Attorney, 2017
“My internship taught me so much about responsibilities. I improved my patience, time management, and communication.” — Katia, Senior at Boulder High School. Internship: College of Media, Communication and Information at CU Boulder.
“The interns have all been inquisitive and resourceful. They have introduced enthusiasm and energy to the workplace … Most of them finished their assignments in half the time we expected!” — Intrado (now West), 2011
The “I Have A Dream” Summer Internship Program places Dreamer Scholars and other eligible high school interns in positions at local organizations. The program is a 6- to 8-week, 20 hour a week paid internship to help students gain the necessary skills to be able to compete and succeed in the job market. We train and develop students throughout their internship so they can learn professional skills, while at the same time perform valuable work for their host department. Host organizations receive support in setting up and managing their internship program, and receive recognition in the community through various events and promotional materials.
Benefits for the students:
- Paid summer employment – earnings of $1000+
- Learn professional skills and workplace etiquette
- Explore industries and careers while building professional networks
- Professional development workshops and trainings
Benefit for the intern hosts organizations:
- Youthful and energetic talent – fresh perspective!
- Introduce future workforce talent to your organization and industry
- Develop underserved youth from Boulder County
- Guidance and support from “I Have A Dream”
Paid internships are an excellent way for Dreamer Scholars and other eligible students — all of whom come from underserved backgrounds — to explore career interests and build professional experience while they are still in high school. We know that this exposure to campus and professional contexts helps these students build the confidence and skills they need to pursue their college and career goals. Similarly, Intern hosts benefit from the energy, enthusiasm, and unique perspectives of the diverse students they work alongside.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
If you are interested in exploring the possibility of serving as a host for an Intern or finding other ways to engage, please contact Claudia Fernandez, Director of College and Career Programs at 303-444-3636 or firstname.lastname@example.org.