High School Internship Program


About the program:

2021 is the inaugural year for the techNL High School Technology Internship Program. This nine-week internship program places talented high school students from across newfoundland and Labrador in technical and business roles within local technology companies. Students also attend a four-week virtual technology bootcamp at Keyin College learning coding skills. Students are paid a minimum per hour salary of $15 at 35 hours per week for nine weeks and techNL covers 75% of the cost.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Provide high school students with an inside look at the unique environment, community, and culture of a technology company.
  • Help high school students improve their technical and business skills, build trust in their abilities, increase awareness and better prepare them for opportunities in the technology sector.
  • Help participating companies become more innovative — students provide fresh ideas and perspective that often spark innovation and can improve processes and increase efficiency.
  • Promote leadership skills for employees and increase motivation through mentoring of high-school interns.
  • Benefit the companies in the medium-long term by helping them discover and train quality talent that will fuel the future workforce in the technology sector.
  • Enable high school students to develop vital personal networks and relationships with industry workers and other students who share their passion for technology and computing.
  • Improve the participation of women and other underrepresented groups in the tech sector.

The 2021 cohort

  • 35 students in Grade 11 and 12 from all over NL
  • 40% of students live outside the metro region
  • 30% identify as girls or non-binary individuals

Participating companies

Beaufort Software; Bench Boss; Bluedrop; Celtx; ClearRisk; Compusult; Driven Power Sports; Genoa Design; HYKE; JAC; Metricsflow; Mysa; PolyUnity; Newfound Marketing; Sequence Bio; SucSeed; Solace Power; and Zorbits Math by Carnegie Learning

Valuable Aspects of the Program According to Students:

Learning technical skills: “I am learning about coding and technical skills that I know I will need in any future employment.”

Hands-on work experience: “I’m going to get exposure to all of the different divisions that work together, and I think that diverse exposure is valuable.”

Connections and networking: “Meeting successful entrepreneurs and making connections within the industry is a valuable part of this program.”

Employer Feedback:

“The high school internship program is a great initiative to introduce students to the options they have in the tech industry. We hope that this experience lives up to their expectations and helps jump start their career.”

“I think it’s a great program and will help introduce students to careers in STEM”

 

Program Timeline

April 2021: The program was announced, and applications opened

May 2021: Students were matched with participating companies

June 28: The program officially kicked off with a two-day orientation for students hosted by techNL

June 30- July 30: Students attend virtual Keyin College Junior MAVRX Bootcamp from 9:00-1:00 daily and spend the remainder of their day with their employer

Aug 2-27: Students work full time with their employer

Aug 27: 2021 program concludes with celebration and recognition of achievements

As with all pilot programs, we are constantly learning and striving to improve the program experience for all stakeholders. techNL is committed to continuous improvement by conducting surveys and communicating with employers and students throughout the internship program. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding this program, don’t hesitate to reach out!

As a part of techNL’s Talent Strategy to create a long-term talent pipeline, the High School Technology Internship is a crucial initiative that encourages students to pursue a technology or technology-enabled career right here at home.

Applications for the 2022 High School Internship will open in the spring of 2022. Check back regularly for updates.

techNL High School Technology Internship Contact:
Susan Kelly,
High School Talent Lead
susan@technl.ca, (709) 709-772-8324 Ext. 6

 

 

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