PEEKE Program Requirements & Eligibility

Requirements

  1. Complete the application process and meet one-on-one with the Internship Specialist in order to be considered for the program. Note: The application will only be available February 4, 2019 through March 1, 2019. One-on-one interviews will be scheduled as early as February 5, 2019, as applications are submitted. This means the sooner an applicant applies, the sooner the applicant’s interview will be scheduled, and a decision may be made regarding acceptance into the program.

  2. Attend professional skills training after school and on weekends (March 2019 through May 2019 and August 2019 through December 2019).

  3. Complete reflection assignments after each training and submit to internship specialist by designated deadlines.

  4. Complete 180 hours of experiential learning at the internship placement site (Summer 2019).

  5. Submit completed Career Research Project.

  6. Verify completion of the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal by December 2019.

  7. Participate in Year Two and Year Three activities as scheduled (TBD).

  8. Participate in an exit interview at the conclusion of the experience.

Eligibility

Applicants may start collecting some of the items below in preparation for the release of the application.

  1. Complete an online application form including a 750-word essay. The essay is guided by eight specific questions. Note: It is advisable to type and save your essay using another format and pasting your final copy into the application. Be sure to check for spelling and grammar errors. Once the application is started, it must be finished – applicants are NOT ABLE to save and return to the essay and application.

  2. Submit a recommendation form that has been completed by a teacher, guidance counselor, principal or former supervisor. Note: A link within the application will help applicants send the recommendation form to the person of their choice. Applicants are strongly encouraged to ask their references for permission to use them as a reference prior to sending the recommendation link. If your reference would prefer to write their own letter and not use the electronic form provided, completed letters of recommendation may be emailed to the Internship Specialist, Valerie Slovenec: vslovenec@youthopportunities.org

  3. Have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Note: Applicants who do not have a 3.0 but who would like to participate in the program must submit both a second recommendation form and a written statement outlining why they will be a good candidate for the program, in addition to showing maturity and determination to succeed. Written statements can be emailed to Internship Specialist Valerie Slovenec.

  4. Excellent School attendance the previous school year. No more than three missed days the previous school year.

  5. Submit a copy of official or unofficial high school transcript to Y.O.U. This will verify your GPA and attendance records.

  6. Meet with internship specialist for initial one-on-one introductory meeting. Note: The internship specialist will contact applicants using the email address provided in the application. Once the application is submitted, applicants are highly advised to check their email inbox twice/day in order to secure the meeting date with the Internship Specialist.

  7. Commitment to attend activities after school and on weekends.

  8. If accepted, attend an orientation session with a parent or guardian.

  9. Ability to complete a 180-hour summer internship (schedules can be accommodated for summer vacations, events, etc.).

  10. Demonstrate maturity and a professional demeanor.

  11. Demonstrate proper business attire and grooming.