Career Ready Tempe is a paid summer internship program for income-eligible high school juniors and seniors in the City of Tempe. Admitted students will be matched with businesses located in the City of Tempe for their internships.
Internships are 15 hours a week for an 8-week period (totaling 120 hours) and take place during the summer. Students are compensated at a rate of $13/hour by the Career Ready Tempe program.
Admitted students will be prepared to work in a professional setting by means of quality soft skills training. In an effort to prepare students for the work setting, they will receive in-person training from Arizona@Work. Student will also be required to take 6 online soft skills training courses through Arizona State University’s Edge program in the areas of customer service, leadership and personal development. Student-Interns are required, by the program, to complete modules titled Time Management, Customer Service and Communication Etiquette. Employers with whom they are matched will have the opportunity to select 3 additional modules for students to complete prior to beginning an internship with their company.
Businesses will determine meaningful projects and tasks related to our identified in-demand industries for student-interns to perform and have the option to participate in the interview process. Businesses will also designate an on-site supervisor who will be responsible for assigning projects, signing off on timesheets and orienting the intern(s) to the workplace.
City staff will monitor and coordinate with interns/businesses throughout the process to ensure smooth implementation.
Opportunity to fill the opportunity and skills gap while helping low-income youth break cycles of poverty
Opportunity to participate in the Career Ready Tempe interview/selection process
Business exposure/ visibility within the City of Tempe
Intern compensation covered by the Career Ready Tempe at a rate of $13 per hour for a maximum of 15 hours per week.
Freedom of time for your professional staff to work on additional projects and ventures
Support in on-boarding, selecting and preparing students for your internship opportunity
Opportunity to select 3 Edge soft skills training modules for interns to complete prior to beginning their internship
Opportunity to contribute to and retain talent in the workforce needed to grow the local economy and your business
Opportunity to increase competence and create awareness related to your industry for prospective employees and community members
Opportunity to impact Achieve65Tempe and Achieve60AZ
Opportunity to participate in an orientation program to learn best practices for working with youth
- submit a Career Ready Tempe Business application by the early bird deadline of February 24, 2020. Applications received after the early bird deadline will be placed on a waiting list and reviewed based on program need.
- be located within the City of Tempe.
- be in good standing with the Arizona Corporation Commission.
- be willing to sign an agreement with the Tempe Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
- designate an on-site intern supervisor.
- provide a job description with meaningful project assignments (administrative tasks= No more than 20% of work).
*** Preference given to businesses that provide an internship(s) in Advanced Business Services, Advanced Manufacturing, Bio Science or other related industries***
Click here to complete the Business application. Early bird application deadline is Feb. 24, 2020. Applications received after the deadline will be placed on a waiting list and reviewed based on program need.