Company and Student Applications Now Accepted for TAG-Ed 2013
High School Summer Internship Program
Internships build workforce readiness skills for students and provide value-added work for companies
ATLANTA (January 21, 2013) -TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed), the charitable organization established by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) dedicated to preparing the next-generation workforce through better education and real-life job experiences, is opening registration for the fifth annual High School Summer Internship Program. This program provides students interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers with real-life work experiences at established technology companies.
TAG-Ed's High School Summer Internship Program was launched in 2009 to encourage young adults to pursue STEM careers. Since the program began, TAG-Ed has placed 219 students with Atlanta-based companies in positions that provide workforce experience for the students and meaningful, value-added work for the companies.
Last year, TAG-Ed placed nearly 90 students in 40 leading Georgia companies. Applicants are premier students, with strong academic performance, relevant extracurricular involvements, and a passion for STEM careers. However, in order to reach the goal of placing 140 students this year, TAG-Ed needs more participation from companies and organizations that are ready to invest in Georgia's future workforce.
"Over the past 10 years, growth in STEM jobs occurred three times faster than non-STEM jobs, but because we have not been able to produce enough qualified workers, the talent gap is broadening," said Michael Robertson, Executive Director of TAG Education Collaborative."To generate interest in STEM careers, students need hands-on work experiences to provide relevance to their studies. The participation of host companies in our program is key to developing workforce readiness skills in our workforce of tomorrow - today's students."
TAG-Ed provides a turn-key process for both company and students. Applicants are screened for skills, interests, and the ability to handle a professional setting. They are then partnered with companies to work on defined, hands-on projects in a student's area of interest.
- Students work a minimum of five weeks between June 3 and August 2, 2013
- Students are paid a $1,000 stipend by the host company
- Students and companies are matched based on interest, education experience, and project requirements
- Registration for students and companies is available online at www.tagedonline.org/programs/summer-internship-program
According to Robertson, the High School Summer Internship Program also helps students develop clarity in their future career interests.
"This internship really showed me that there are so many other opportunities in healthcare that are not just becoming a doctor," said Rabeea Ahmad, a high school senior who interned at Verizon Wireless in 2012. "This internship introduced me to the Health IT world, and now I'm interested in working in that field."
Angela Martelle, Director, Shared Services Program Management Office at McKesson Corporation and mentor for three interns added, "The TAG-Ed internship program is a win-win for both the intern and the company. It provides both with an opportunity to gain knowledge and insight. An intern provides a company with a fresh perspective on the work environment and helps companies understand the next generation that will be entering the workforce. Interns are able to gain valuable experience in a structured, work environment that they may not receive anywhere else until exiting college and joining the workforce full-time."
Tino Mantella, President of Technology Association of Georgia stated, "The unemployment rate in Georgia remains high, but Georgia's technology companies have more than 4,000 jobs that are considered difficult to fill because the workforce lacks the requisite technology skills. TAG and its member companies are committed to tackling this skills gap and preparing students for the careers of the future. We believe that the High School Summer Internship Program is a solid step in the right direction."
For more information on the High School Summer Internship Program, visit www.tagedonline.org or contact Michael Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org.