“Draft Day” for Eight TriDistrict Seniors

On Tuesday, August 14th, eight TriDistrict seniors’ hard work paid off, literally.  As a part of their involvement in the Genesys Works Information Technology Internship Program, 4 students from Henry Sibley High School, 3 from South St. Paul Secondary School, and 1 from Simley High School will spend a portion of their school day during their senior year working as a paid IT intern at a local business, earning up to $12,000 for the year’s work.

Genesys Works is an national non-profit with an office in the Twin Cities whose mission is to help diversify the IT industry.  They work with high schools and high school counselors across the metro to identify students interested in  a career in Information Technology, and then encourage them to apply to the program in the spring of their junior year.  From the applicant pool, students are selected for interviews.  Students successful in the interview process are then invited to attend an 8-week summer training program where they learn about the IT industry and develop the hard and soft skills needed to navigate in an IT work setting.  Students successfully completing the summer training are then offered a year-long, paid internship at a Twin Cities business.  Tuesday, August 14th was the “Draft Day” event for for Genesys Works, where businesses from across the metro came to the St. Paul RiverCentre to “draft” student interns into their organization.  Larger companies like Target and Medtronic drafted dozens of interns.  Smaller organizations had one or two interns.  Students from the TriDistrict will be interning at Patterson Companies (a dental and veterinary equipment design and supply company), CHS (an international agribusiness company) and Sun Country Airlines.  Other businesses close to the TriDistrict included Thomson Reuters, among others.

This is the TriDistrict’s second year of involvement with Genesys Works.  Last year, seven TriDistrict Seniors participated in internships at Patterson, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN, and CHS.

If you are interested in learning more about this program, contact your student’s counselor, or Ben Kusch, Lead Designer of the TriDistrict Career and College Readiness Initiative and TriDistrict Programs Coordinator, at bkusch@tridistrictce.org.