CARE Internship Program

The CARE Internship Program is a supervised work experience, placing participants in a position within the industry of the student’s program of study. This internship provides on-the-job experience and valuable industry networking.

The CARE Internship Program's objective is to provide high school students with the opportunity to gain practical, first-hand knowledge through a structured internship experience.

The Benefits of Interning

Internships have a long and rich history in the United States. Today’s internship programs have evolved from a limited number of vocational opportunities available at the turn of the 20th century into a broad system that encompasses a variety of challenging fields in diverse subject areas which are constantly evolving due to the changing global economy.

Students who participate in internship programs are more motivated and interested in their coursework because of its connection to the real world and, as a result, less likely to dropout. In a recent report for the Gates Foundation, the majority of respondents (81%) reported that more learning opportunities which make the classroom relevant to the real world would have helped them to finish high school.

Internships provide students:

  • opportunities to relate education and real world experience
  • academic subject matter taught with relevance to the real world 
  • employability skills, from job-related skills to workplace ethics  
  • career pathways that link secondary and post-secondary education 
  • second-chance education and training 
  • education for additional training and degrees, especially related to workplace training, skills upgrades and career advancement 

On Career Education...

If the United States truly wants to secure its global leadership in technology innovation, we must, as a nation, commit to a strategy for innovation excellence…I believe this strategy must place top priority on achieving the fundamental goal of strong educational opportunities, so that America’s students and workers have the skills they need to succeed in the technology – and information – driven economy of today and tomorrow.

- Bill Gates, March 2008 U.S. House of Representatives