There's a big leap between leaving high school and starting a meaningful career. Engaging students in career-connected learning before they graduate gives them a chance to explore jobs, develop skills, and start their path to the training or degrees they need. It is a natural progression of opportunities made possible by schools, employers, labor, and Career Connect Washington intermediaries that help facilitate the work.
In Pierce County, the organization Degrees of Change has created Seed Internships which connect exceptional students and recent grads with local businesses through paid internships and a robust curriculum of professional development. The goal is homegrown leaders. Students from underserved backgrounds are matched with top local employers for a 10-week paid summer internship, coupled with comprehensive professional development. Students not only develop skills, they develop a professional network. The paid internship stands out by offering an inclusive, highly supported experience that builds on students’ life experience as much as academic experience.
We help educators connect with industry leaders and local organizations to develop or participate in career-connected learning programs. Contact the regional network director to learn how your school district can get started.