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By Joe Russo

Palm Beach Tech announces Inaugural Intern Program

The Palm Beach Tech Association is proud to announce our Inaugural Summer Intern Program, connecting 50 students to paid technology internships throughout South Florida.

The intern program announcement also includes the release of the Palm Beach Tech Internship Manual, designed to help companies build their own successful & sustainable internal programs. Click Here to Download Manual

Students will be recruited from throughout Florida and placed at member tech companies. After a weeklong bootcamp, interns will be integrated into our tech community through communications, community events, volunteer opportunities, and mentorship throughout their paid summer internship with.

Special thanks to Cathy Miron & Natasha Menon for their leadership in designing this program.

 

Community Effort

Palm Beach Tech’s Education Committee sought to develop resources around internship programs to better bridge the divide from classroom to workspace. Led by Michael Fowler (FPL) & Kevin Burch (Office Depot), this was the committee’s top 2018 priority.

Designed through September’s Internship Forum, the program includes input from Tech Executives, Education Partners, Corporate Members & Interns, who identified best practices and features to include. Click Here to Download Report

Special thanks to the Washington Technology Industry Association for their assistance in this process.

 

Week Long Bootcamp

The cornerstone of the Intern Program is a weeklong intern bootcamp to be held at Lynn University on May 13th through May 17th.

This bootcamp will be led by software manager and code school educator Jermey Lawson, and feature guest speakers from companies, universities, and organizations throughout South Florida. The goal is provide both hard and soft skill education, coupled with team based business learning, to first time interns before they even set foot in their positions.

Special thanks to Barbara Cambia & Lynn University for their leadership in this program and hosting the bootcamp.

 

How to Apply (Companies)

All Palm Beach Tech Members are eligible to submit requests for summer interns. Click Here

Depending on membership tiers, companies are either reserved slots for summer interns or would have to sponsor to recruit interns through the program. Specific fields being sought are:

  • Cyber Security
  • Graphic Design
  • Data Analytics / Data Science
  • Software Development
  • Project Management
  • Quality Assurance (QA)
  • User Experience (UX)
  • Information Technology (Help Desk)

 

How to Apply (Students)

All students are invited to apply for internships, with applications provided to member companies. Click Here

Companies must hire students for paid internships, which will then count as acceptance for one of the fifty (50) intern positions facilitated through our program. Additional requirements include:

  • Students at least 18 years old
  • Those Good Academic Standing (2.5+ GPA)
  • Non traditional students & career changers
  • Extern Candidates from local Schools
  • All interns must be hired by a company to participate

By Joe Russo

Building a Palm Beach Tech Intern Program

Building a Palm Beach Tech Intern Program

Recap on the 2018 Palm Beach Tech Association Intern Forum

On September 28, 2018, the education committee of Palm Beach Tech Association held the Internship Forum, alongside four South Florida Universities; Lynn University, Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and Palm Beach State College.

Led by Michael Fowler (FP&L), Cathy Miron (eSilo) & Barbara Cambia (Lynn University), the effort included over 50 executives and educators from throughout South Florida.

Palm Beach Tech Intern Forum

The overarching theme of this forum was to bring together executives, educators, interns, and everyone in between to focus on three major goals; building academic partnerships, identifying the intern program best practices, and developing a Palm Beach Tech Intern Program.

Click Here to Read our Followup Report

Through two breakout sessions, participants were able to come to several conclusions on the definition of success regarding intern programs. Most notable of all, participants found that interns were most successful when they learned both hard and soft skills prior to their careers.

A major piece of discussion was the proposal to begin a Palm Beach Tech Intern program serving at least 50 students and 15 companies.

Palm Beach Tech Intern Program

Palm Beach Tech is researching the launch of an intern program in Summer 2019.

We plan to work with higher education institutions throughout Florida to connect students with companies seeking interns who meet the following criteria:

  • Are a Palm Beach Tech Member
  • Provide Paid Internship(s)
  • Have Physical Presence in South Florida

The program areas we’re researching include mentorship programs, cross-training, and team-building, but will most certainly include:

  • Week-long Intern Bootcamp | Five full days of instruction on coding languages, project management, entrepreneurship, and soft skills.
  • Development Events | After work events with accomplished executives and professionals allowing rare opportunities to learn from those who’ve been there.

This program would incapsulate access to local talent and potential hires to prospective employers. We’re also working with tech council partners throughout the country to further develop this concept.

More information will be released in January 2019, and we hope that our effort to build a community of impassioned technologists will continue to build an educational pipeline for tech jobs throughout South Florida.

If you’re interested in being apart or learning more, click here to email us

Palm Beach Tech announces Inaugural Intern Program
Building a Palm Beach Tech Intern Program