The program has three components, and student-interns are expected to fulfill each:
To become a CEO Program mentor please visit the Interested Mentors / Partners section of our website and complete a mentor application. After you complete a mentor application we will contact you to discuss next steps. We would love to have you!
CEO Program mentors attend bi-monthly career focused project sessions in person in order to assist interns with the design and completion of a project that demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary for success at the workplace. CEO Program mentors also serve as the primary supervisor for interns during the 80-hour summer internship.
Career focused project sessions take place bi-monthly on either Tuesdays or Thursdays from 4:30pm – 6:00pm. This adds up to roughly a four hour time commitment each month. CEO Program mentors also serve as the primary supervisor for interns for 80 hours during the summer internship.
Yes, the CEO Program is free for mentors and partner organizations. There is no monetary cost to participate, as interns are paid through a partnership between DC Public Schools and DC Department on Disability Services, Rehabilitation Services Administration. Mentors and partner organization are not required to pay interns for the 80-hour summer internship.
The career focused project is a project that demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary for success in an interns career field of interest. The focus of each project is determined by the intern and mentor during the first two career focused project sessions. CEO Program staff are available to assist with project ideas if necessary.
Of course. Below are five examples of excellent projects from previous years.
Career focused project sessions are held in person at DC Public Schools Central Office 1200 First Street NE Washington, DC 20002. Virtual or hybrid are not an option at this time.
The internship takes place at the mentor’s place of employment. The mentor is the primary supervisor and is responsible for assigning meaningful job duties to their mentee. Because students are compensated for their time through CEO, mentors are not responsible for payroll or timesheets. The CEO program coordinator will assist with creating a schedule for the intern to complete at least 80 hours.