The Young Professionals’ Academy (YPA) offers a semester long program to college bound juniors and seniors from Dublin Coffman, Dublin Jerome, and Dublin Scioto High Schools. Being sensitive to the lifelong needs and goals of students, this program focuses on work based learning, career exploration, leadership skill development, problem-solving techniques, time management, and technology instruction through authentic internships with professionals in Columbus area hospitals, laboratories, businesses, and schools. Students will participate in two, six-week, work-based, unpaid, educational internships. While participating in internships, students have classroom activities to enhance their skills in communication, networking, interviewing, technology, and social media. Students create business letters, develop resumes, construct digital portfolios, acquire technology rich experiences, and explore career opportunities in fields of their choice during the semester.