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1 Internship Development and the Role of the Advisory Board David Bowerman Director of Client Development, K&L Gates Chair, Seattle Academy of Finance Advisory Board NAF Internship Fellow Monday, July 12, 2010

2 Why create a Gold Standard? We know internships are valuable – mountains of data, practical application of classroom learning, anecdotes, improved earning capacity Varied experiences and best practices Need for a consistent framework to extract optimal value [W 3 ] and sustainability

3 Gold Standards for High School Internships Developed by Career Academy and Internship Task Forces Platform for future guides, measurement and connections Leverage for Advisory Boards to create more, better internships

4 1. Internships are a continuum of work- based learning BUILDING AWARENESS EXPLORING PREPARING ABOUT CAREERS AND THE WORLD OF WORK CAREERS AND THE WORLD OF WORK FOR CAREERS AND THE WORLD OF WORK Workplace tours & field trips Career & job fairs Informational Interviews Job shadowing Career mentoring Community Projects Work experience Internships Apprenticeships

5 2. Internships are compensated Real world work, real world rewards Compensation can include salary, college credit or other appropriate means Get creative!

6 3. Internships drive education equity Ensuring the internship experience is available to all Academy students

7 4. Internships are based on identified youth interests and learning objectives Clear job descriptions; individual learning plans Ask students what companies, roles are most interesting, leverage contacts Review post-internship evaluations

8 5. Internship experiences align with academic learning Internships complement and support core competencies Unique environments for knowledge application and learning

9 6. Internships provide valuable work that further employers’ organizational goals Employers develop future workforce; long-term relationships with students Give them real work… challenge them! Maintain the relationship beyond the internship

10 7. All participants are prepared for, and reflect upon, internship experiences Schools, business partners and intermediaries share responsibility Board presence in the classroom Interview skills training Mock interviews Resume writing Board + School-led orientations for internship providers

11 8. Systems are in place to support internship participants throughout the experience Defined operating and issue resolving protocols Coordinator site visits Weekly student journals Regular conversations around goals between mentors and interns

12 9. Internships are assessed against identified youth interests and learning objectives Continuous performance eval and learning reviews throughout internships 360 degree review process: students, providers, schools Post-internship assessments, reflection papers help drive future internship development strategy

13 10. Internships occur in safe and supportive environments Board + School provider orientations Coordinator visits Continuous feedback Non-core mentoring opportunities Personal financial planning Time management

14 Post-Internship: Keep the conversation going Interns > Providers > Board > Schools Position, support interns as leaders in their schools: their new job description Invite interns to Board meetings Leverage social media for group, 1:1 connections

15 Where to find the Standards and Getting Started Guides > Collaboration Network > Advisory Boards & Internships

16 Where to find me B direct C.Casting for salmon from the beach somewhere in Puget Sound


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