What is the Future Today Internship Program?
The Future Today Internship Program is a cohort internship program of recently graduated college students who are having trouble finding employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Graduates will gain meaningful work experience as well as engage in professional development opportunities.
What are the program dates and hours?
The Future Today Internship program will run for 8-weeks from October 26, 2020 through December 18, 2020. Interns will work for up to 40 hours/week. It will include two hours of professional development delivered each week by the Future Today program directors.
When are applications due?
Applications are due Wednesday, October 21st. Should you desire to submit later, for a contracted internship period, please email our Future Program contact, Linda Sloan at FutureToday@SaintPaulChamber.com
Who are the Future Today Program sponsors?
The Future Today Internship Program is a collaboration between Workforce Solutions, a department of Ramsey County, the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce (SPACC) and University Enterprise Laboratories (UEL).
Who is paying for the intern?
Interns will be paid $22/hour. The program and salaries are funded by Workforce Solutions, a department of Ramsey County, via CARES funding. All intern salaries as well as insurance will be paid by the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce or the University Enterprise Laboratories depending on the internship sponsor.
What are the expectations of my organization?
Employers will provide a meaningful work experience for the intern. Interns should be assigned a supervisor who will coordinate the work activities and act as a main point of contact for the intern. A COVID safe environment should be provided if the student is working on-site. Periodic check-ins and regular feedback with your intern are strongly encouraged.
Where do the interns come from? Their backgrounds?
Interns will be recent graduates from a four-or two-year higher education program. All majors and backgrounds are eligible. Future Today program directors will organize matches for internships based on employer needs and recent graduates’ desires and background. Interns must reside in Ramsey County. BIPOC graduates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Are the interns available to work on-site?
Maybe. Interns may work on-site if the organization has implemented COVID prevention measures and the intern feels comfortable with doing so.
What is the formal professional development element?
In addition to skills learned within your organization, formal professional development will be provided by the program directors. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in leadership and skills workshops and attend professional speaker webinars. Interns will be paid for professional development attendance as a part of their workday.
What about liability exposure?
Limited liability. SPACC and UEL have purchased insurance to cover interns.