2022-23 Program Year
Student applications for Cohort 4 will open on November 22, 2021. Applications can be submitted via the application portal.
Employers interested in joining the effort should reach out to Kathy McGauvran at email@example.com
Program Structure - 2022-23 Cohort
Click below for more details on each phase.
Information Sessions & IO Expo
Students and guardians will attend virtual and in-person information sessions during fall 2020. Students and guardians can also obtain information on the program by reaching out to the following groups:
Students in District Partner Schools: Your school counselor OR your district lead:
Blair: Chris Ross, firstname.lastname@example.org
DC West: Dr. Dawn Marten, email@example.com
Millard: Dr. Melanie Olson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ralston: Dr. Josh Wilken, email@example.com
Westside: Sarah Schau, firstname.lastname@example.org
Students in Avenue Scholars: Your AS Career Coach
Students in MCC Career Academies: Audrey Gustin, Intern Omaha Internship Coordinator, email@example.com
Students will sign up through their participating district or organization to attend the first inaugural IO Expo, a career-fair style event that will allow them to engage live with employers prior to the application window.
Application, Interviewing and Selection
Students will apply to as many opportunities as they wish from December 2021 through January 2022 via our application portal.
Interviews will occur virtually and/or in-person (employer/student preferences determining) throughout February 2022. Employers will contact students directly to invite them for an interview.
Intern selections will be made by businesses by March 2022.
Separate orientation sessions for districts, employers and students/guardians will take place during April and May 2022.
Summer Between Junior and Senior Year
Students will begin their paid internships in June 2022.
They will work 20-40 hours a week during the summer.
A dedicated Internship Coach will be provided to each student/employer. Each trimester of the program (summer, fall and spring) this Coach will conduct/facilitate the following: a site visit, a career coaching session and a performance evaluation (to be completed by the student's onsite supervisor).
Concurrent Enrollment Course: WORK 1400
Throughout summer 2022, students will also attend/complete a 45-hour human relations/workplace skills course (Metropolitan Community College's WORK 1400 curriculum).
Timing and format of this course is TBD, but will likely take a hybrid format (delivered partially online and partially in person in district facilities).
Students will receive dual-enrollment credit (at no cost) from their home district and Metropolitan Community College for this course. This credit can be transferred to many in-state (Nebraska) institutions.
Among other things, students will learn soft skills and workplace ethics and expectations in this course.
During at least one semester, students will be enrolled in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) course in the pathway related to their internship.
Through our partnership with Metropolitan Community College, students can sample from Metro's College NOW offerings to supplement their high school's CTE offerings and satisfy this program requirement.
During the opposite semester, students will take an internship course that will offer elective credit for the completion of program requirements (hours worked, site visit, coaching session, performance evaluation).
Students' paid internship will continue.
Students will work 10-20 hours a week during the school year.
Students and employers will continue to work with their dedicated Internship Coach to complete program requirements (site visits, coaching sessions, performance evaluations).
Exit Evaluation and Celebration
At the conclusion of their time in the program, students and employers will complete an exit evaluation regarding their experience with their Internship Coordinator.
The Intern Omaha team will host a celebration for all program participants and their families, location TBD.