Y.O.U. places 10th – 12th graders with employer/mentors in 4-8 week internships that align with career pathways and allows them to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to a professional work environment. A 2017 Dominion Community Impact award winner, our internship program is aligned with the Irvine Foundation’s Gold Standard for Effective Internships and is open to teens in all schools throughout Cuyahoga County.
Benefits for Host Organizations
Youth Opportunities Unlimited recruits for you. We screen interns thoroughly and provide training in soft skills, ensuring that your intern is ready to work. All interns are high-achieving students who have the maturity– even at a young age– to be placed into a professional environment. Our mentor pairing process helps to align your organizational needs and opportunities with the career interests of a young person, helping to grow your future workforce.
Don’t have the time to look at resumes and screen interns, but could use an extra hand? Y.O.U. can help by talking to you about your needs and the duties you would like to have an intern perform, then pairing you with an intern with the appropriate skills and interests.
Funding for interns comes through Youth Opportunities Unlimited. For mentors, Y.O.U. interns are a great way to get interns without having to worry about if interns will be compensated, or where the funding will come from. Through the Cuyahoga County Family and Children First Council, all interns who successfully meet their internship requirements will receive a stipend, and Y.O.U. takes care of tracking time and compensation for your intern.
Note: Some companies have elected to pay interns as short-term employees, or have their own funds they would like to use rather than having interns be compensated by Y.O.U. If your company needs interns to be on your payroll for any reason, we are happy to discuss this with you.
Liability for interns while at your work site is covered by Youth Opportunities Unlimited. Have you been wanting an intern but are unsure about the insurance liability of taking on a student worker? When you take on a Y.O.U. intern, Y.O.U. covers liability, which means there are fewer hurdles to get an intern in the door and ready to work.
Expectations of Host Organizations
Y.O.U. asks that host organizations:
Communicate with us about what their expectations are for their intern, first and foremost. This helps to ensure you get the best intern for your organization.
Provide a safe and appropriate working environment.
Provide a meaningful and challenging experience for interns. Y.O.U. gladly assists with this by establishing a scope of work for interns prior to any placements. The scope of work helps interns to get a meaningful experience, and also helps mentors and host organizations to find appropriate work for the intern.
Identify one person who will be the primary mentor/ supervisor to the intern.
Contribute to the intern’s professional development by including them in staff meetings, organizational activities and networking opportunities.
Employers interested in mentoring a youth intern should contact Janet Mack, Employment and Internship Specialist, at 216-566-5445, Ext. 352.