The latest announcement from three of the area school superintendents is pretty exciting. Three of the local school districts, partnered with a community group to offer a new project that will increase access for students to paid internships beginning the summer after their junior year of high school. From spots with a local printed circuit board assembly plant to jobs in local car manufacturing plants, there are many times when employers are hoping that these internships will lead to landing top employees in the future.
For their part, students can get valuable experience, as well as an opportunity to try out a career that they think will be interesting to them. Getting real workplace experiences, students will be expected to comply with the policies and procedures of the company where they are interning. In the case of PCB assembly services, for example, there may be specific rules about the safety and security features of working in a warehouse where many prototype assembly pieces are made.
Finding the Best Internships Offer a Way for Students to Get a Head Start on a Career
Getting high school students into an internship is the goal of many school districts and communities that are trying to find solutions to record low unemployment rates. Obviously adhering to wage and hour, as well as child labor, and all other federal, state, and local laws pertaining to student employment, these internships take advantage of the summer time when students have more free time. In addition, the most successful programs make sure that they require a minimum of number of hours during the school year as well. The goal, of course, is that this long term relationship will lead to a permanent employment position in the future.
Businesses that are participating in these internships must be willing to provide an overview of the structure of a company, and the mission and purpose, as well as the employee handbook. Whether students are learning the ins and outs of the PCB assembly services or they are learning the basics of payroll services, it is important to make sure that schools and communities work together to get the top talent to stay in town.
A typical starting engineer salary can vary from $50,000 to $150,000, but finding a way to get young students interested can be a challenge. A high school student who starts learning about through-hole technology and surface mount technology, the two methods that double-sided circuit boards use to connect the circuits on each side, during an internship may have a head start over many other classmates and future applicants. Today a basic PCB assembly services internship, tomorrow a high paying engineering career.
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