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Submitted by Shelli Soto
The I.T.C.S.P. is a National Science Foundation-funded program located at the University of Hartford. The project provides training in advanced I.T. skills and career development for Hartford area 7th - 12th graders during after-school and summer programming. The summer program also includes a 45 - 60 hour internship experience during which the students enter the local workforce. We are currently in our third year and have enjoyed highly successful collaborations with local businesses and University of Hartford departments during past summer programs.
These young people are available to do everything from basic office support work to web updates. They also can be very handy with helping adults learn computers! Ideally, each work placement should include some element of computer work.
Our students are very mature and well trained in technology skills as well as employment skills. They earn the right to participate in the internship program based on behavior and performance during the 3-week training program. This summer, they will be available for 45 - 60 hour internships between Monday, July 20 and Thursday, August 20. Students are paid stipends by the I.T.C.S.P. for their participation; we also provide them with bus cards for transportation.
A worksite coordinator, funded by the Aetna Foundation, secures and manages placements and supports both students and supervisors during the internships. Students are placed carefully according to their skills. Schedules are determined according to the worksite's needs.
This is a win-win proposition. Your department gets free support during a time when people may be on vacation, and the interns are paid through a grant!
Thank you to all the University of Hartford departments that provided placements in Summer 2008.
If you would like to have some free help this summer, please contact Shelli Soto (Program and Worksite Coordinator) at 860.768.5866 or firstname.lastname@example.org.