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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.

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. The program is critical to increasing the high school graduation rate, preparing the next generation of Philadelphians for the workforce and ensuring that the region’s economy continues to grow and thrive.

Always a strong supporter of Philadelphia Youth Network’s WorkReady Summer Internship Program, Drexel will again partner with PYN for summer 2015.

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. The university will again partner with the Philadelphia Youth Network, in response to mayor Michael Nutter’s 2015 summer jobs challenge, in the effort to provide city youth with real world experience and create a more capable workforce for the future.

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 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. For additional details please visit the official WorkReady site.

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.

How is Payroll processed?

Interns will be paid on Philadelphia Youth Network’s (PYN) Payroll and Drexel will be charged for the students after July 1st, 2014.

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 to discuss how to make the program work for you.

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

Dragon Card Office
Event and Conference Services
Health & Safety
Information Resources and Technology

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
College of Engineering
College of Nursing & Health Professions
Goodwin College
Law School
Office of International Programs
Office of Research
School of Public Health
Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Vice President of Finance and Treasurer

Human Resources

Vice President of Institutional Advancement


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

How will I select my WorkReady Intern?

Hiring departments are able to participate in one-on-one interviews with potential intern candidates (during the month of May).

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.

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 student?

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 student?

As always, feel free to contact the program manager, Courtney Price at 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