Summer Internships for Current Scholars

HRA of New Britain

Title: Youth Program (SYELP) Intern
Location: New Britain
Dates: Flexible - 9 weeks total.
Hours: Hours can be flexible. Some evenings or weekend hours may be needed to meet participant needs.

Job Description: 

This internship will need a strong commitment to culturally diverse youth employment success, knowledge of barriers faced by youth, and good communication with young adults. Knowledge or experience in the employment and/or training field helpful. Must be able to establish priorities, facilitate training, and work as an active team member to meet program objectives. Ability to communicate with diverse audiences verbally, in writing, and electronically. Strong computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, and virtual platform knowledge). Must have CT driver’s license, reliable transportation, and be willing to travel to the Bristol area and our satellite office at 55 South Street Bristol, CT.  

  • Participant Recruitment & Outreach assistance for youth ages 14-21, including social media.
  • Performs intake, eligibility, assessment, and evaluation of participants' goals and needs, using this information for suitability of programs.
  • Receive training on career and competency assessment tools for worksite placement according to employer job descriptions. Learn the competencies that employers seek and how they measure and evaluate performance.
  • Provides coaching assistance to participants in achieving educational and employment goals, including youth with disabilities. 
  • Assist with employer worksite visits to monitor youth work performance according to their job description and competencies. Collect and review timesheets for accuracy and submission to HRA Payroll Department.  Also, collect Employee Competency Reviews.
  • May include limited time teaching resume writing and interview preparation
  • Maintains accurate case records (on paper and MIS), including case notes, eligibility, assessment results, a record of referrals, a record of assigned activities, training contracts, training updates/progress reports, employment placement/retention details, MIS forms, and other appropriate documentation. Will be trained on the statewide ETO reporting system

COVID Accommodations: 

HRA programs have adjusted successfully to pandemic conditions to meet the needs of participants.  Office buildings are currently closed to the general public, with a hybrid model implemented at all levels. In the summer of 2020, we evaluated the success of virtual training sessions, socially distant placements, scheduled appointments, and the collection of necessary paperwork or equipment if preferred.  

Career Experience: 

The intern will gain first-hand experience in program planning, implementation, and providing direct service to urban youth aged 14-21. He/she will learn the value of positive youth development. The intern will have the opportunity to learn and apply the essentials of career development. Equally important, the intern will learn what competencies employers value, seek and how they measure workplace performance. Lastly, the intern will learn new software technology as well as apply their current knowledge in a new environment. 

Suggested College Major: 

Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Youth Development, Education, Nonprofit Management, or other relevant major.

Applicant Requirements: 

Strong commitment to the success of young people and knowledge of barriers faced by youth. Knowledge or experience in the employment and training field and facilitation skills are helpful. Establish priorities, work independently within a solid team and meet objectives. Ability to communicate with diverse audiences verbally, in writing, and electronically.