Workplace Mentoring Internship Program

Workplace Mentoring Internship Program

A partnership of C-U One-to-One Mentoring and the C-U Business Community


A Model for School-Business Partnerships

Program Objective: To provide Champaign-Urbana high school students involved in the C-U One-to-One Mentoring Program an opportunity for intensive workplace mentoring with a focus on teaching work habits, work skills and helping the individual student to discover the various opportunities available to them in a specific employment area.

Plan: During the summer of 2015, four businesses offered 6 students involved in the mentoring program the opportunity to work alongside a manager or director for a period of six weeks in the summer on a full time basis. Students are paid at minimum wage and received no benefits. They participate in all aspects of employee orientation.

Student requirements: 16 years of age, involved in the C-U One-to-One Mentoring Program, the ability to procure transportation to and from the business and an interest in pursuing a potential career opportunity in this business setting.

Workplace Mentoring Interns for 2015

Placements for the summer of 2015 included positions at:

  • Carle Foundation Hospital
  • Health Alliance Medical Plans
  • Horizon Hobby

What did students say about their experience?

  • This internship can change your life!
  • Knowing that I was capable of doing this job as a high schooler makes me really confident.  It makes me feel like, if I could do this, I can do it all!
  • This program is simply awesome!  It provides a lot of hands-on experience you wouldn't get anywhere else.
  • I already wanted to be a physical therapist or athletic trainer.  This experience has helped make up my mind.  This is something I'd love to do for the rest of my life!