Paid internships offer real-world experience and the setting for participants to practice their skills, build their resumes, and expand their horizons.

Internships are valuable learning experiences that help young people transform into professionals. Throughout the year, eligible participants from our Seeing Youth Succeed (SYS) and RISE Initiative programs are connected to internships within industries that align with their skills and interests. Interns may benefit from accelerated career exposures or the more traditional internship curricula.

During the summer months, we connect youth ages 14 through 18 to six-week-long internships (20 hours per week) as a WorkReady provider. Simultaneously, interns participate in our weekly professional development workshops.

To ensure our site partners are able to make a difference in the lives of motivated young people—even if their budgets don’t permit it—ECS compensates all interns with a fair wage and offers SEPTA passes. Through our supportive program, internships also allow young men and women to explore their self-identified passions, consider their longer-term education and career goals, and better plan for their futures.