Employer Models and Resources for Manufacturing Internships in High School

On March 18, join us for a special joint session of our I-WIN and STAMP networks! Hear from two Illinois communities about how they support high school students (including student interns under age 18) to participate in career development experiences, including internships and apprenticeships in manufacturing.

  • Steve Stewart, Director of People and Culture at Morton Industries, will share how they engage high school students in departmental rotations, moving from working in support departments like sales and accounting to on-the-floor experiences in welding and laser cutting. Morton Industries also hosts 25–30 high school students per year as part of their SkillsUSA apprenticeship program, in addition to their college interns. 
  • The McHenry County Manufacturing Pathways Consortium will share about their rotational student internships model, as well as the various ways they engage their high schools and community colleges to provide work-based learning experiences across the continuum and support for students to make informed decisions about their postsecondary pathways, including connecting them to apprenticeship opportunities. 

We will also share new employer-facing one-pager resources developed through a collaboration between the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and EdSystems. These one-pager resources include exemplar employer models and resources gathered by an advisory committee of school district representatives and manufacturing industry professionals.

Please extend this invitation to your networks, including any employers who would add value to and/or benefit from learning from this conversation. All insights and questions are welcome!

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The Illinois Work-Based Learning Innovation Network is designed for K-12 school districts, postsecondary institutions, employers, and community-based organizations across Illinois to share learnings about innovative, scalable, and high-quality work-based learning models.

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