Internships begin in 12th grade and go through college years 13 and 14, or years 5 and 6 of the program. An internship in P-TECH OHM is a highly structured, time-limited, career preparation activity in which students are placed at a workplace for a defined period of time to participate in and observe work first hand within a given industry. Internships typically take place for 2-3 weeks during the college Winter intersession or 8-12 weeks after the college's Spring semester concludes in May.
Internships provide students the opportunity to learn by doing real work and being productively engaged in the workplace. They may provide the opportunity to work in teams, rotate through a number of departments and job functions, or work on a project of interest to the student (or group of students) and productive value to the employer partner.
Internships may be paid or unpaid, depending on whether the student is performing productive work for the employer. They are designed to give students hands-on experience in a field of interest, learn and practice occupational skills, and provide the opportunity to learn about their career options.
Internships are designed to promote:
- Exploration of and experience in a field of interest
- Exposure to a wide range of careers and jobs within the industry
- Opportunities to develop, practice and demonstrate new skills
- The acquisition of occupational knowledge
- Awareness of the skills and education needed to be successful in the industry