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Internships

A great way to gain valuable work experience is to spend some time in an internship program. What’s an internship? An internship is basically a job. It’s a program intended to let you see what a real job looks like, sounds like and even smells like. It’ll help you understand what a job you may be interested in is like. Working as an intern will not only provide you with valuable experience, it will also give you a great opportunity to make connections with possible future employers. Some internships offer some pay or salary of some kind, some do not. The most important things to remember are that an internship will get you started on your career path and it’s a great way to show a potential employer what you are capable of accomplishing! It may turn out you love that particular field, or maybe not. So, try different types if you’re not sure.

One extremely helpful internship program called WorkAbility is for high school students who are ready to go to work and move on to the next phase of their lives. They provide pre-employment skills training, employment placement, and follow up on you as you make that big transition from school to work. For more information, visit their website (http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/sr/wrkabltyI.asp) or ask your high school if they have a WorkAbility program.

Another great internship program available to college students with disabilities is “The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities”. If you are in college or have graduated from college within the past year you can participate in the program. You’ll be taught helpful job skills, learn how to best interview for a job, and be given the opportunity to meet potential employers from all across the United States. For more information, visit their website (http://www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/brochures/wrp1.html).

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