WorkReady Internship Program
Thank you to the Drexel Colleges and Departments who participated in the 2015 WorkReady Summer Internship program!
Special thank you to the following departments and organizations who were instrumental in the program's success:
- Digital On-Ramps
- Enrollment Management & Student Success (Freshman Admissions & Executive Ambassadors)
- Event Services
- HR Learning & Development
- Office of the Executive Vice President, Treasurer & COO
- Office of the President
- Office of University & Community Partnerships
- Philadelphia Youth Network
- Recreation Athletics (Administrative Team & Climbing Wall Staff)
We would love for you to join WorkReady for summer 2016, please review the information below for an outline of the program details and requirements. Check back in spring of 2016 for registration and additional information.
View photos from the 2015 WorkReady program here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.