Intern hosts needed

JMCBL to place 30 seniors as interns

(as printed in Summer edition of “Family Matters in West Park”)

by Ian Heisey

Starting in the fall of 2017, the John Marshall High School of Civic and Business Leadership will be connecting students to area businesses for an internship program for qualified seniors. Students will not be paid but will earn school credit for the internship that will be 12-20 hours per week. Principal Sara Kidner said there will be about 30 students that will be placed as interns in area companies and more internship hosts are needed and are being recruited.

According to Monisa Mason, the Business and Community Coordinator for the school, the goal of this internship program is, “to provide opportunities and exposure for our students within their specified career interests, ranging from sales/marketing and finance to entrepreneurship, non- profit management and health care; to prepare them as they transition from high school to real world experiences, whether college, the workforce or military.”

Mason said the program is an opportunity for companies to help groom and prepare today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders as well as to network with other internship hosts.

Principal Kidner said that the internships will likely start in mid-September after students go through a curriculum on job skills to prepare them for their internship. The work schedules will be set based on the needs of the site and what is possible for the student, and there could be evening and weekend work times arranged.

“We are very flexible about figuring out the training piece to make sure they have skills specific to what they need to accomplish depending on the placement,” Kidner said.

Kidner, who in a previous job coordinated the internship program for St. Martin De Porres High School, said that providing students exposure to the world of work is very important.

“Not only are they meeting you, they are meeting who you interact with on a daily basis,” she said.

Current placements include the Cleveland Leadership Center, IDEA Stream, Cleveland Transformation Alliance, Greater Cleveland Food Bank, and Bellaire-Puritas Development Corporation. The school is still recruiting companies to consider hosting interns.

If a company or agency is interested in supporting young people in their career preparation but cannot host a student, there are other opportunities such as “lunch and learns” at the school where students can learn about different professions and ask questions.

To learn more about the internship program contact Monisa Mason at 216-838-6058 or Monisa.Mason@clevelandmetroschools.org.

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