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Career Ready Tempe

Two-thirds of jobs will require higher education by 2020. By the time today’s preschoolers complete high school, 7 of every 10 jobs will require some type of higher education. Career Ready Tempe aims to help prepare and develop Tempe youth to participate in the future workforce by connecting youth to college and career readiness support and partnering with Tempe employers to provide youth with 8-week paid internship opportunities, between the months of June and July, in fields that are in-demand. This year, the program will focus on providing internships in the Advance Business Services, Advanced Manufacturing, and Bio Science sectors.

Career Ready Tempe is a collaboration between the City of Tempe Human Services Department, Economic Development Department and the Tempe Chamber Foundation. The program is funded by City of Tempe Innovation Funds and the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Career Readiness Lab Grant. It has been strategically designed to align with industry needs and the initiatives of Achieve65Tempe, Tempe City Council’s goal to reach degree attainment for 65% of its residents by the year 2030, through collective community efforts.

Benefits of Participating in the Career Ready Tempe Program

  • Opportunity to fill the opportunity gap while helping low-income youth break cycles of poverty 
  • Opportunity to participate in the Career Ready Tempe interview process 
  • Business exposure/ visibility within the City of Tempe
  • Intern compensation covered by the Tempe Chamber Foundation
  • 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
  • Opportunity to participate in the student-intern interview process
  • Access to qualified interns who have received career preparatory training (i.e. soft skills training, Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses in business, accounting, marketing, technology, etc.)

Business Eligibility Requirements

Businesses Must:

  • submit a Career Ready Tempe Business application by the early bird deadline of March 5, 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 ***

For more information, contact:

Mary Mezey
Human Services Supervisor
(480) 350-5448


Business Information

Business Name:
Business Address:
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Business Structure (ex. LLC, Corporation, S Corp etc.)
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Is the business listed above in good standing with the Arizona Corporation Commission? 
Is the business listed above in good standing with the Arizona Corporation Commission?

Internship-Specific Information
How many interns is your business willing to host?
What kind of hard skills will your company help interns develop?
What kind of hard skills will your company help interns develop?
What kind of soft skills will your company help interns develop?
What kind of soft skills will your company help interns develop?
Considering that many high school students have not held a job in the past and may not be familiar with your company, how does your company plan to orient new interns?
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Additional Information

How did your business hear about Career Ready Tempe?

How did your business hear about Career Ready Tempe?

Agreement & Signature

Business agrees to:

  • Attend a Career Ready Tempe orientation session for businesses. 
  • Provide a safe working environment and assume liability for any intern injured in a work-related accident.
  • Collaborate with intern(s) to identify learning outcomes and objectives that coincide with business needs and contribute to the student’s career goals and career development.
  • Provide intern(s) with an orientation to the work setting at the start of their internship.
  • Designate a company representative to serve as a supervisor who will be responsible for assigning intern projects, evaluating interns and approving intern timesheet prior to Tempe Chamber of Commerce Foundation approval.
  • Provide Career Ready Tempe interns with no more than 15 hours of work per week within an 8-week period, totaling 120 hours, between the months of June and July of 2020.
  • Provide flexible schedules which support the intern’s academic obligations.
  • Refrain from scheduling Career Ready Tempe interns for work past 10:00 p.m. on any given night.
  • Provide Career Ready Tempe interns with meaningful projects that will help build their job skills and contribute to their career development.
  • Require Career Ready Tempe interns to work on no more than 3 hours of administrative tasks per week (20% of work assignments).
  • Contact the Career Ready Tempe Coordinator if the company has any pressing or persistent concerns with a Career Ready Tempe intern. 
  • Provide reasonable accommodations for student-interns with disabilities if needed.
  • Sign an agreement with the Tempe Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

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