Join a growing number of employers who are turning the city of Denver into a classroom by providing internships for Denver Public Schools CareerConnect students studying STEM and fields. Receive support from students studying your industry. Internships range from 100-120 hours. Through the Launch internship program, students:
- Learn the practical applications of their STEM coursework
- Explore potential career paths
- Make meaningful contributions to their host organizations.
IT’S EASY TO GET STARTED
The Launch program offers business partners a robust support system for internship supervisors and students alike. Denver Public Schools staff will assist employers with intern selection. Additionally, DPS will provide case management services and logistical support to students throughout the program. Students will be well prepared to thrive in their internships because of the industry coursework they have received through their DPS CareerConnect pathway, as well as the job readiness training and ongoing coaching that is included in the Launch program. Download a printable info sheet about Launch. Business partners are asked to contribute a student support fee for a maximum amount of $1,200 per intern. These funds will be used exclusively for intern financial awards and transportation cost. Please contact Olivia Barraza Kee for more details or check out the Launch Internship Program Get Started Guide
YOUR COMPANY WILL BENEFIT
Through DPS CareerConnect, students bring industry knowledge and contribute to your business operations. And when you engage with DPS CareerConnect students, you are building your company’s future talent pipeline! The majority of Launch business partners report that students are doing productive work within the first 2 weeks of the internship and 95-100% would recommend the program to co-workers and friends.
YOU WILL CHANGE A STUDENT’S LIFE
Business partners participating in the CareerLaunch internship program this summer will be providing life-changing opportunities for Denver’s youth. You can help aspiring young professionals in your field become fully immersed in the industry, broadening their horizons and building their college and career portfolios. Launch Internship video
CareerLaunch Frequently Asked Questions
- Online application including industry-specific skills self-assessment
- Teacher Recommendation
- Attendance Record
Each part of the application is scored using a grading scale. Students with the highest scores are invited to participate in a 12-hour Skills Training for Young Professionals. School-based staff will recommend students for placement with specific businesses based on the skills and experience required and location of the company/organization. Businesses will then interview candidates and make their selection.
- Students 15 and older are allowed to work up to 8 hours a day and 40 hours a week during the summer.
- Students 15 and younger must work between 7 AM-9 PM.
- Students 15 and younger can work in an office, retail store, etc.
- Students 16 and 17 can work in any business as long as they are not performing hazardous work.
- Students cannot drive a vehicle as part of their internship duties.
- Students under 18 cannot be over 10 feet off the ground and cannot operate power driven machinery: a) woodworking machines b) Metal-forming machines c) Punching or shearing machines,e) Paper products machines f) Shears g) Automatic pin-setting machines
- No roofing, handling explosives or radioactive material. No mining.
- Students under 16 are not allowed to work inside manufacturing facilities, office work away from the plant is acceptable.
If you are your colleagues have particular concerns about Child Labor Laws, please contact one of us at the CareerConnect office and we will happy to discuss them with you.
- Internship supervisors should identify at least two training goals that are established at the beginning and evaluated at the end of the internship.
- Business partners should provide an opportunity for the student to participate in meaningful, productive work. Students eligible for CareerLaunch have been studying your industry for at least a year; they will have skills and knowledge to contribute starting on the first day!
- Student interns should participate in day-to-day business operations including business and staff meetings, client consultations, etc. to get a well-rounded exposure to many aspects of the business.
- Students should also be assigned at least one project. An ideal project results in deliverables that benefit the organization even after the end of the internship.