Deadline is May 30, 2018

PACT’s paid summer internship program provides high school students with an opportunity to build leadership skills and experience by participating in various community projects working with different community leaders as mentors. Interns will interview with volunteer community leaders as part of the selection process.

As an introduction to the 4-week session, interns will participate in a Leadership Retreat facilitated by an expert in the field of youth development. Interns will work on various job readiness skills through fun, interactive activities—getting to know one another, learning about their own leadership styles, and developing communication skills that will assist them in their internship placement.
Following the Retreat, interns will carry out an internship at one of several partnering organizations, ranging from local government and civic entities, to education, to business, to arts, to non-profits. Each intern will be matched with a partnering group, and the intern will work on a project designed by that group. PACT will also host two of the intern slots, and the project work will consist of the implementation of a youth-designed project that addresses a community need of the interns' choosing. 

The internship placement will be for 3 weeks, with exact dates and times coordinated between the organization and the intern. Internship work will be for up to 10 hours per week, with a required group check-in/luncheon every Friday for 2 additional hours. The internship is a paid position at minimum wage.

During each week of the internship placement, all interns will come together with PACT's Youth Advocate to share with one another highlights from their project work. Interns will present a summary of their project work to the PACT Board of Directors in the fall following their internship. All interns are asked to become part of the Youth Leadership Council once the school year begins to continue their work as leaders in the community.

Successful applicants should be energetic, self-motivated and willing to connect with others. Students must be entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2018 to be eligible for the program, and do not have to attend Pelham Memorial High School.
Please see the internship schedule outlined on the next page. The schedule allows for flexibility for young people to tack this experience on to another job or volunteer commitment. 

WEEK 1: Leadership Retreat
Monday,  July 23rd – Thursday, July 26th 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Friday,  July 27th: 1:00 – 3:00 pm (intern placement luncheon)

WEEK 2: Internship placement hours
Monday, July 30th – August 2nd: Days and hours determined between Mentoring Organization and Intern (max of 10 hours / week)
Friday, August 3rd : PACT Round-table luncheon with whole intern group (2 hrs.) 

WEEK 3: Internship placement hours
Monday,  August 6th – 9th : Days and hours determined between Mentoring Organization and Intern (max of 10 hours / week)
Friday, August 10th : PACT Round-table luncheon with whole intern group (2 hrs.)

WEEK 4: Internship placement hours
Monday,  August 13th – 16th : Days and hours determined between Mentoring Organization and Intern (max of 10 hours / week)
Friday, August 17th : PACT Round-table luncheon with whole intern group (2 hrs.)


* 2. Describe any previous leadership roles you have held either through school or in another aspect of your life. How will you be effective as a youth leader?

* 3. In your view, what are the most pressing issues facing Pelham youth today?

* 4. What skills do you hope to develop this summer? What do you hope to gain through this internship?

* 5. Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?

* 6. Are there any dates that conflict with the requirements of this internship, i.e. any summer plans, internships, sports, employment, etc?

* 7. How did you hear about this opportunity?