The Career Partnership Program (CPP) is an initiative co-sponsored by GMP and the Interlakes School District that provides students the opportunity to explore future career planning through job shadowing and internships and hands-on working experiences in and around Meredith. Executive Director Julia Velie has up to twenty-three students who are enrolled in the program with 85% participating in internships.
In 2019, Career Partnership Program student, Ian McCabe, was awarded one of two scholarships handed out to NH high school seniors for $10,000, good towards any college tuition and a full paid week in Washington D.C. shadowing senators, sitting in a Supreme Court session and other activities. This was a result of his internship with State Senator Guida.
What is the difference between a job shadow and an internship?
A job shadow is short-term, usually a few hours or half a day. Students follow a local professional to observe a career of interest They are encouraged to ask questions about training, skills and tasks associated with that career. The purpose of this experience is to provide a snapshot of various career opportunities. An internship is a long-term (i.e. a semester), usually unpaid, experience. Juniors and Seniors are invited to schedule an internship at a local business of interest.
An internship has a set schedule each week and students participate in various functions within the business. Students make connections with the business community, gain knowledge and real-world experience in a job field of interest and may also earn high school credit.
How can individuals, organizations and businesses get involved?
• Speak to a high school class about your profession
• Offer to host a student for a one-day job shadow
• Offer to host a student for an internship
• Offer to host a volunteering student at your non-profit organization
• Promote your business at Student Employment Days in the spring at Inter-Lakes High School
• Become a sponsor of the Career Partnership Program
Contact: Julia Velie, CPP Director - Julia.email@example.com
Chris Kelly – Chair
Julia Velie - CPP Director