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WorkReady Internship Program

WorkReady Summer Internship Program

Help make a difference in the life of local Philadelphia youth this summer through the WorkReady Internship Program. This summer's program will run from July 6th through August 14th.

Register to participate by May 22, 2015!

What is WorkReady?

WorkReady Philadelphia is a cross-sector partnership, managed by the Philadelphia Youth Network, dedicated to improving the economic outcomes of the region’s youth. WorkReady summer programming provides thousands of young people with career preparation opportunities designed to enhance their understanding and mastery of skills needed to become active and productive citizens.

Why participate in WorkReady?

This is an extraordinary opportunity to participate in building the confidence of youth, promoting economic self-sufficiency, stimulating learning, and strengthening our community and our university as a whole. WorkReady is an annual university-wide civic engagement initiative.

Drexel University will again partner with the Philadelphia Youth Network, in response to mayor Michael Nutter’s 2015 summer jobs challenge, providing summer employment for local youth.

What are the program details?

High school students are eligible to participate in the six week program which runs from July 6th to August 14th. Interns will work at Drexel 20 hours a week, Mondays through Thursdays and attend Professional Development Seminars off campus each Friday. Interns are required to successfully complete pre-employment and workplace expectation seminars, are pre-screened, and prepared to be productive. Departments will have the opportunity to interview potential candidates on campus.

What will it cost my department to have an intern?

Through continued support from the Office of University and Community Partnerships, departments are able to hire interns at 50% of the total cost. Hiring a WorkReady intern will total $850 for the duration of the summer program. Each intern will make $8.00/hour.

I'd like to work with a student but need some additional support. What do you offer?

Philadelphia Youth Network will provide training sessions for managers on Drexel’s campus. The same trainings will also be made available online. PYN provides a worksite toolkit that holds endless resources on activities for interns, goal setting guidelines and suggestions for providing feedback, just to name a few.

Additionally, the Drexel Human Resources WorkReady Committee is able to answer common questions regarding managing interns.

Still not sure? Let's talk about it!

Contact Courtney Price, Specialist, Workforce Development, at cnp45@drexel.edu to discuss how to make the program work for you.

Working with Minors

Drexel Faculty and Professional staff members who supervise a WorkReady intern under the age of 18 are subject to complete the Act 153 Working with Minors Background checks.

Thank you to the Colleges and Departments that made WorkReady 2014 a success!

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Human Resources

Administrative Business Services

Athletics
Dragon Card Office
Event and Conference Services
Facilities
Health & Safety
Information Resources and Technology
Parking Services
Planning & Design
Student Center

College of Medicine

Information Technology
Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership
Operations and Advising
School of Biomedical Science and Professional Studies

Drexel University Online

Business Development

Office of Government and Community Relations

Office of Government and Community Relations

Office of the President

Dornsife Center
Lindy Center for Civic Engagement

Office of the Provost

AJ Drexel Autism Institute
Applied Informatics Group
Biomedical Engineering
College of Arts & Sciences - Office of the Dean
CAEE
College of Engineering - Office of the Dean
College of Nursing & Health Professions - Couple & Family Therapy
College of Nursing & Health Professions - Health Sciences
College of Nursing & Health Professions - Information Technology
Goodwin College
History & Politics
Law School
Law School - Admissions
Libraries
Office of Faculty Development & Equity
Office of International Programs
Office of Research
School of Public Health - Health Management & Policy
School of Public Health - Student Affairs
Westphal College of Media Arts & Design - Performing Arts
Westphal College of Media Arts & Design - Information Technology

Vice President of Finance and Treasurer

Finance
Human Resources
Procurement

Vice President of Institutional Advancement

DrexelFund

Thank you to the Drexel University Colleges and Departments who participated in the WorkReady Summer Internship Program in 2014! With your help, we were able to make a positive impact in the lives of dozens of Philadelphia youth.  With your support, we were able to:

  • Hire 56 High School Interns at Drexel Universtiy

  • Provide over 5,900 working hours for participating interns

  •  Hire over 80% of our intern cohort from local West Philadelphia neighborhoods


Frequently Asked Questions

As a WorkReady supervisor, will I need to complete a background check?

Yes, the immediate supervisor of any WorkReady intern under the age of 18 is subject to the Act 153 Background Checks for contact with minors.

Additionally, it is advised that others in your department who will supervise the work of your WorkReady intern on a regular basis also complete the Act 153 background check process.

This is in accordance to the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law to ensure the safety of minors. If you have any specific questions, please contact Monee Pressley at mnp56@drexel.edu

I am a high school student, how can I participate in this program?

The WorkReady program is managed by the Philadelphia Youth Network and interested high school students must complete their application process to be considered. The WorkReady application can be found here: https://summerapp.workreadyphila.org/.

Please note that the focus of the Drexel WorkReady program is on providing youth employment to high school students that reside in our surrounding West Philadelphia community, but if you do not live in this area you may still apply. Positions in Drexel’s WorkReady program are not guaranteed but eligible students may have the opportunity to participate in the interview process. To be considered, students must be rising high school Sophomores through graduating Seniors.

 

How will I select my WorkReady Intern?

Hiring departments which register by April 24th are able to participate in one-on-one interviews with potential intern candidates (during the month of May). All other departments will have the opportunity to participate in interview sessions at a location determined by the Drexel HR WorkReady Committee.

Please be sure to complete the WorkReady registration form in its entirety, including the job description section. This will assist HR and the Philadelphia Youth Network with matching you with interns interested in the work you have available.

How is payment processed for the WorkReady program?

Through continued support from the Office of University and Community Partnerships, departments are able to hire interns at 50% of the total cost. Hiring a WorkReady intern will total $850 for the duration of the summer program. Each intern will make $8.00/hour.

Payment is processed through Service Department Charges, with the total of $850 charged to your department's cost center. Human Resources will provide an invoice during the WorkReady program.

Do the interns have an Orientation?

Yes, Orientation will be held on Monday, July 6th. Orientation will cover the first full workday for the interns as they are introduced to Drexel's campus and history. Participation in Orientation will count as paid working time.

On Tuesday, July 7th interns will report directly to their work locations.

How do I approve my intern’s time?

Your intern will bring you a paper timesheet to approve on a weekly basis. Keep in mind that they are paid directly by PYN so you won’t need to process any paperwork, approve time in DrexelOne, etc.

Will I have to assess my intern?

Philadelphia Youth Network will send an electronic pre and post assessment. This brief survey is important in tracking your intern’s professional development.

I don’t have the required safety signage in my office – what do I do?

Although the forms are posted in HR, they also need to be visible in the office where the intern is located. You will receive the forms electronically or via interoffice mail from Courtney Price or a member of the WorkReady Committee.

What if I have a problem with my intern?

As always, feel free to contact the program manager, Courtney Price at cnp45@drexel.edu or a member of the WorkReady Committee. The students are subject to our employment policies, so feel free to share that website with them during their first week. The WorkReady committee can also brainstorm ways to keep your student busy while providing a meaningful experience.

This is my first intern – do you have any resources for me?

PYN’s worksite toolkit is a valuable tool for any intern manager, whether it’s their 1st or 50th student.

I am an external organization looking to hire interns, may I participate?

The WorkReady Internship Program at Drexel University is offered only to internal Drexel colleges, schools and departments. If you are an external organization looking to hire Drexel students for internship or job opportunities, please contact the Steinbright Career Development Center at 215-895-2185 or SCDC@drexel.edu

Additionally, if your organization is interested in participating in the Philadelphia Youth Network's summer WorkReady program by hiring high school students, please contact Kelsey DeMerlis at kdemerlis@pyninc.org