An important part of any Academy program is to prepare students for the world of work. To that end, all Academy students must complete an internship at a business or non-profit in their community.
In the classroom, Academy students learn skills important to employers, then take those skills and apply them in the workplace. Students receive valuable experiences that will benefit them as they move into their future academics and career. Employers receive hard-working employees with a youthful and innovative way of looking at their jobs, eager to succeed.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is my role as an internship provider?
Your role as an internship provider will be important, as you are the main contact in the workplace and will guide the experience for the intern at your company
In general, you will:
- Establish work hours
- Monitor attendance
- Assign work and monitor performance
- Provide training and guidance
- Provide encouragement and feedback
- Conduct performance evaluations
- Help the intern feel comfortable with other employees
- Establish consequences if work or behavior is not up to par.
At what level should I expect an intern to perform?
Will I interview the intern?
What can an intern do?
Interns, like entry-level hires, come with a variety of skills. Work assignments should be on a level equal to or slightly higher than the intern’s current skill and knowledge level, and should include a variety of activities. These may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Technical skills, such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, PowerPoint
- Data entry
- Send and process form letters and/or write simple business letters
- Help with audits and inventories
- Cover for vacations
- Assist with researching projects from news sources or the Internet
- Maintain files
- Assist with special projects
- Prepare materials for meetings, classes, or conferences
- Answer phones, copy, and fax
- Bring youthful ideas and thinking as team members.
Does an intern get compensated?
Who do I contact if I have any questions about sponsoring an intern?
Advanced Design Group
American Red Cross
AMG Customs Solutions Inc.
Buffalo Bills, Inc.
Buffalo Exterminating Co.
Buffalo Fuel Corporation
Buffalo Niagara Courts Center
Buffalo Rehab Group
Catholic Health System
Center of Renewal Retreat & Conference Center
Cheektowaga Town Parks
Destination Niagara USA
Double Double, Inc. (Tim Hortons)
Financial Trust FCU
Fresenius Medical Care
Health System Services
Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant and Banquet
Isaiah 61 Project
It Happened to Alexa Foundation
Lake Region Medical
Lancaster Country Club
Lewiston Stone House
Lower Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce
M & T Bank
Managed Care Network
Maranello Maserati of Buffalo
Mount St. Mary’s Hospital
Niagara Falls National Heritage Area
Niagara Global Tourism Institute (NGTI)
Niagara Jet Adventures
Old Fort Niagara
OP Recreation Dept.
Orchard Park Chamber of Commerce
Over the Falls Tours
Past & Present Fossil and Rock Shop
Pediatric and Adolescent Urgent Care
Penn Dixie Paleontological & Outdoor Education Center
Sparkle! Marketing and Events
State Farm Insurance – John Mouw OP
State Farm Insurance – Laura Capizzi Agency
State Farm Insurance EA
Stella Niagara Educational Park
Sto Lat and Simply Pierogi
Tedesco Construction Services
Therapeutic Link for Children
Thruway Hardwood & Plywood Corp.
Tops Friendly Markets
Turner Construction Co.
Unifrax I LLC
United Way of Greater Niagara
University Pediatric Dentistry
Village of Lewiston Clerk’s Office
Visit Buffalo Niagara
Waste Technology Services (WTS)
Waste Technology Services (WTS)
Wegmans West Seneca
West Seneca Chamber of Commerce
Western New York FCU
Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours