The OPTIONS Internship Experience Program matches student skills, abilities, and widely varied interests to one of its many dozens of different job site internships. Student job readiness skills are constantly developed and refined via numerous internship support classes and seminars at OPTIONS, such as:
- Career Exploration
- Critical Thinking and Workplace Ethics
- Customer Service Seminar
- Employment Strategies
- Interview Basics
- Job Social Skills
- Vocational Support
Vocational Counselors assist students in identifying appropriate interest areas, as well as in finding internship opportunities, preparing for interviews, meeting supervisors, and arranging work schedules. Students’ progress and performance are regularly monitored by the Vocational Counselor and the on-site internship supervisors. The monitored internship experience provides an unparalleled opportunity for students to learn firsthand about expressed areas of interest.
Monitored Student Internships
Students’ progress and performance are regularly assessed by the OPTIONS Vocational Counselors. The counselors also ensure that the community partners feel the relationships are successful. Internship Performance Reviews and other communications allow the OPTIONS team and students to further refine skills according to internship site needs.
To best ensure success, OPTIONS strives to increase each student’s job duties as competency is demonstrated.
“The students placed with us have an opportunity to learn about public radio broadcasting with hands-on experience, and WSIU gains valuable help in keeping the stations up and operating and serving our listeners and the public radio community.”
— Lisa Morrisette-Zapp,
WSIU Radio Manager
“Parrish School appreciates the assistance we receive from the interns provided by the OPTIONS Program. Our students and teachers enjoy each intern and welcome them as a member of our school family!”
— Janet Ward Broombaugh,
Ph.D., Parrish School Principal
“I feel we’re contributing to the future success of the next generation by training and holding students accountable for the work force expectations employers are looking for in new hires.”
— Executive Chef Ethan Light,
Chartwells Dining Services
“I’ve employed two interns in IT positions where, after an initial training period, they became valued assets to the enterprise. The interns have proven to be dependable, conscientious workers that benefit from an excellent teaching/coaching staff and OPTIONS transportation.”
— Matt MacCrimmon,
Procedures and Systems Analyst III University Press,