Students at the Columbus Downtown High School strive to succeed in the professional world.
Building high-quality, young professionals requires many resources: modeling, learning, mentoring, financial , nutritional and other resources are needed. CDHS is ALWAYS looking for real-world settings to place interns.
You can make a difference. Here's how:
Come give a presentation to a class(es). Your life skills and knowledge are valuable insight to a young person. Share.
Mentor a young person who may be struggling in a particular subject. You're an English wizard? A Math Geek? A Science Nerd? Your passion and knowledge may ignite that same passion in a young person who needs your insight.
Provide a job shadow. Can a young person come to your work for the day, 'shadow' you, ask questions about your career and job? You can open their eyes to the real world and give them confidence of their success after high school.
Provide an internship. Internships take on many forms:
whole summers: students work full or part-time at your location, learning about the workplace while providing valuable service for you.
After school: similar, but for a limited time each day.
Internships do not have to be five days a week, they can be as little a few hours every week.
Internships sometimes are created because you have a particular bulge of work that needs to be done. For example: you received 200 new laptops and they all need to be re-imaged. A few of our students could come and image the laptops over the course of a week and the internship could finish that Friday.
Internships can be paid or unpaid. Student do like to be paid though. I can't blame them. And, paying a student $9.50 an hour is a tiny bite out of the company budget.
Become an angel. Can't volunteer or host an internship? Provide financial assistance. For example, some of our students come to us without the financial means to buy slacks and a tie for internship interviews. We'll have an angel step in with a gift card or clothing to assist that student.