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Student Internships

STEM Internship Program (SIP)

nConnect’s 2013 STEM Internship Program provides high school students a chance to receive hands-on exposure to educational and career opportunities in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. Its goal is to inspire students to pursue additional education and careers in a STEM field.

These unpaid 90-100 hour internships help students gain work experience in a STEM-related career that they want to pursue, while earning a high school 1/2 credit.

During their internship, the students obtain real-world, hands-on work experience and are exposed to professionals within the STEM fields. They have the opportunity to conduct informational interviews with these professionals to learn further about possible careers and career pathways.

Students will come to understand what a typical workday looks like, gain an understanding of workplace culture, and have a better sense of workplace expectations around professional attire, use of technology, and general communication. They also will learn what level of education they will need to pursue their chosen career, and learn about other career pathways within their industry of interest.

At the same time, the students grow their understanding of work expectations and acquire the necessary professionalism and soft-skills such as oral and written communication, punctuality, organization, time management, etc. to be successful in the workplace.

nConnect partners with local employers to provide the internships. Students learn about potential careers and about the preparation, skills and knowledge necessary to successfully realize those careers. Each student receives one on one intensive case management and career coaching from nConnect staff, preparing them for the internship and supporting them during their work with the local business partner. This kind of individual coaching and worksite experience is particularly vital for students.

Almost 250 students from 18 different high schools in Clark and Cowlitz counties have completed internships with more than 50 local participating employers since 2010.

For more information please contact Manlio Castillo, STEM Coach: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 360.690.6654 or download an application!

Students will need to submit a resume.  Please use this template.

nConnect would like to recognize and thank the following companies for having worked with our interns:

Addy Lab
Adidas
Bad Monkey Bikes
Camas Technology Specialists Inc.
City of Kelso - Engineering Department
City of Longview - Engineering Department
City of Longview - IT department
City of Longview - Water Treatment
City of Vancouver - Fire Department
Columbia Credit Union
Country Financial
Cowlitz County
Empower Up
Farmer's Insurance
Frito-Lay
Furman Pictures
Gaynor's Automotive
Habitat for Humanity
Harris Metal Fab & Welding
Hazel Dell Animal Hospital
Humane Society of Southwest Washington
iQ Credit Union
Kelso-Longview Television
LSW Architects
Manufacturing Resources
Merwin Fishery
Micropump
Miller Nash/Robertson & Olson
Newrock Homes
nLIGHT
NW Bioanalytical Services
Oregon Primate Rescue
PerformaSys
Reliance Investing, Inc.
REUSE COMPUTERS
Riverview Community Bank
SEH America
Sigma Design
State Farm Insurance
Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council
Tidland
Urban Forestry Program
USGS
Wacom
Water Resources Education Center
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