Young Professionals Academy
Letter of Introduction
Dear Professional Internship Mentor:
The Young Professionals’ Academy of the Dublin City Schools offers a semester internship program to college bound juniors and seniors from Dublin Coffman, Dublin Jerome, and Dublin Scioto High Schools. This program was designed to enable students to explore careers, develop leadership skills, and learn state-of- the-art technology through authentic hands-on learning with professionals in Columbus area hospitals, laboratories, businesses, non-profit agencies, and schools.
Students must apply to the YPA program, successfully participate in an interview, and demonstrate excellent grades and attendance in order to be accepted into the YPA program. During class students participate in classroom activities to promote and develop critical thinking skills, enhance communication skills, acquire problem-solving skills, foster teamwork, and refine their business writing skills. Confidentiality and ethics are major components of the lessons in the YPA classroom.
The students serve as non-paid interns for approximately six weeks, eight to ten hours per week. Students are given the opportunity to actively participate in two internship experiences during the semester. These placements allow students to gain an understanding of the necessary skills, required education, work environment, and responsibilities that comprise these careers. While at a site, the student typically experiences a plethora of job activities in various departments, often working with several different employees. Students typically work Monday through Thursday afternoons, but on occasion may work weekends as well. Students are in class at their high school every weekday morning and in YPA class on Friday afternoons. Students are not considered employees at their internship sites; therefore, they are not covered by worker’s compensation or entitled to any company benefits or payment.
We are hopeful that you will consider participating in the YPA Professional Internship Program. Mentoring a student is not only rewarding, but also provides individuals and companies the opportunity to have an impact on the future. Many times student interns become future employees with the company. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 614.718.8335.
We appreciate your time and interest in our Young Professionals’ Academy program and look forward to working with you and your organization. Thank you in advance for your support of the students of the Dublin City Schools.
Young Professionals' Academy Teacher