Vermont Employer/Teacher Internship Program


Table of Contents

What Is It?
Getting Involved
Employer Information
Educator Information
School Administration Information
STW Regional Coordinator Information
How to Apply


What Is It?

The Vermont Employer Teacher Internship Program (VETIP) - a component of the federally funded School-To-Work Initiative - was developed to provide a "hands-on learning experience" for teachers in Vermont businesses. The Vermont Employer/Teacher Internship Program creates opportunities for educators and employers to create and strengthen business/school partnerships. This is a six-week-long summer program that places teachers in business doing meaningful project work, followed by a year-long commitment of both school and employer to enhance student learning.

The internship experience gives educators direct access to other work places and increases awareness of current business practices, trends and relevant work force skills. Educators and business professionals work together to help students make vital connections between learning in the classroom and application to careers and work. Positive changes in both content and teaching methods provide improved academic experiences for today's students.

Why Is It Needed?

The emergence of new technologies has facilitated major changes in the work place. In order to maintain productivity in a highly competitive world market, the skills of the current work force need constant upgrading. The need for the development of a new generation capable of problem-solving, reasoning and communicating have readily become apparent to both business and education communities.

At the national level, government agencies have joined together with teachers to establish goals, revise curriculum and develop assessment strategies consistent with the future needs of business and industry. Here in Vermont, 14 regional partnerships are working to directly impact student learning.

Some History

VETIP builds upon the success of The Charles H. Stapper Teacher/Business Internship Program sponsored by The Vermont State Mathematics Coalition and The Vermont Institute for Science, Mathematics & Technology. During the past five years, these organizations have worked together to create internship experiences for educators in math, science and technology fields.

The School-To-Work Initiative and its many partners have recognized the need for further accountability and relationship-building for the experience to truly make a difference for students.

The Goals and Outcomes of the VETIP Experience

The VETIP goals are to improve student learning and to build strong business/school partnerships. In this way it supports the learning goals established in Vermont's Framework of Standards & Learning Opportunities. Teachers support these goals by acquiring motivation and knowledge useful to their teaching. Employers support them by gaining greater understanding of teaching through the internship experience. Outcomes of the VETIP experience are:


The Vermont Employer/Teacher Internship Program

GETTING INVOLVED

WHY IT MATTERS

HOW IT WORKS

The Vermont Employer/Teacher Internship Program (VETIP), through a grant from the federally funded School-To-Work (STW) Initiative, has developed a comprehensive program to link businesses and schools. The fourteen regional STW coordinators and their volunteers recruit qualified educators and employers, assist employers in identifying needed projects for educators to complete, facilitate the planning and implementation of the 6-week, summer internship, and facilitate the ongoing evaluation and relationship building of the school and business.

The VETIP goals are to improve student learning and to build business/school partnerships. In this way it supports the learning goals established in Vermont's Framework of Standards & Learning Opportunities. Teachers support these goals by acquiring motivation and knowledge useful to their teaching. Employers support them by gaining greater understanding of teaching through the internship experience. Outcomes of the VETIP experience are:

EMPLOYERS



BENEFITS TO YOUR BUSINESS

By becoming an internship sponsor you will:

CRITERIA FOR EMPLOYER PARTICIPATION

BECOME AN INTERNSHIP SPONSOR

Your company can interview and employ one or more professional educators for 6 weeks in the summer to:

review and revise employee training programs; revise training manuals; assist in training; design databases, web sites, in-house newsletters, marketing materials, etc..; analyze data; complete special department projects; test markets; you name it!!

Internships cost between $2,000 - $3,000 - depending on comparable, professional salary for the proposed work.

(In some regions, there are federal funds available to support a portion of the internship costs for the first year.)

To participate as an internship supervisor, we ask you and/or a designated employee to agree to:

As a result of your commitment, your regional School-To-Work collaborative and VETIP will:


EDUCATORS


BENEFITS TO YOU AND YOUR STUDENTS

By becoming a VETIP intern you will:


CRITERIA FOR EDUCATOR PARTICIPATION

BECOME A VETIP INTERN:

The application process is competitive. K-12 teachers, administrators, guidance counselors and post-secondary educators may apply. Teachers from all content areas and specialties will be considered. Applicants will be screened by the regional School-To-Work site coordinators. Finalists will be matched with regional employers who have identified specific business needs which align with the teacher's interests, skills and professional goals. Employers will interview and select candidates who best meet qualifications for the project.

In order to qualify and be accepted, we ask that you agree to:


SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS

BENEFITS TO YOUR SCHOOL

By becoming a VETIP school you will:


CRITERIA FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT PARTICIPATION

SUPPORT A VETIP INTERN:

In order for the VETIP experience to have a successful impact on student learning, the commitment of the school and/or district administration is crucial. An important component of the VETIP application process is agreement by a school administrator. We ask that you:


SCHOOL-TO-WORK

REGIONAL COORDINATORS &/ OR VOLUNTEERS

BENEFITS TO YOUR REGION

By facilitating VETIP partnerships in your region you will:

RESPONSIBILITIES OF STW REGIONAL COORDINATORS &/OR VOLUNTEERS

SUPPORT A VETIP INTERNSHIP:

In order for the VETIP experience to have a successful impact on student learning, the consistent facilitation of the partnership is crucial. An important component of VETIP is agreement by the regional STW coordinator and/or designated volunteers to: recruit employers and educators for the program; attend orientation and follow-up sessions; facilitate awards and press coverage; and administer the completion of the final evaluation. We ask that you and/or your designated volunteers:

HOW TO APPLY

Educators interested in a summer internship should contact their regional School-to-Work Coordinator for application forms.


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Latest Update: October 30, 2003 by David Hathaway