|STEM Job Shadowing / Internships|
There is no substitute for experience, and job shadowing is a valuable way to introduce young talent to work in high-growth industries.
Site tours and job shadowing can be offered to individuals or small groups, depending on the interests and availability of employers. Activities can include panel discussions, Question-and-Answer sessions, department tours, hands-on activities, and refreshments.
Of particular importance in any job shadowing experience is a discussion about career readiness. Topics can include:
It is a win-win proposition when employers provide young talent with work experience.
The intern learns on-the-job training and experiences life in the workforce. The internship can inspire an intern to embrace the educational experience not just as a means to an end, but as a way to foster a lifetime of learning, discovery and innovation in a particular field of interest.
The employer can connect with not just the intern but also his/her educational environment to better understand how and why students are taught a certain way and learn a certain way. Employers can gain new perspectives on old issues, help nurture the workforce of the future, and even identify potential future temporary or permanent employees - companies and organizations often are interested in hiring an intern or group of interns to complete a project.
The time commitment for an internship is based on company needs. Employers can create new projects or delegate tasks for young hires to complete within a range of two- to eight-week internships. With the assistance of Partnerships for a Skilled Workforce, Marlborough tailors work experience to the needs of employers.
For more information or to become involved in the STEM ECHS as a mentor, visit www.pswyouthcareers.org.