How To Get a Paid Internship in Times of COVID-19

How To Get a Paid Internship in Times of COVID-19

Are you a young adult seeking a job during these difficult times of COVID-19 and unemployment?

Kane County actually has a paid internship program that helps connect businesses with young adults ages 18 to 24.

Business and Career Services Outreach Coordinator Maureen Gasek is encouraging young people to participate in the Manufacturing Careers Internship Program.

“This is all funded through the Kane County Office of Community Reinvestment Workplace Development Division,” she said. “There is no cost to the manufacturer or the participant, and we stay with them until they are placed and in jobs.”

What Is MCIP?

The Manufacturing Careers Internship Program helps eligible adults age 18 to 24 find a meaningful and productive career
in manufacturing.

Participants learn different aspects of the manufacturing industry through a unique Boot Camp and Paid Internship.

Boot Camp includes field trips to area employers, education about different career path opportunities, talks with past participants, help with resume writing and interview preparation, work-ethic training, OSHA safety certification and forklift certification.

The paid internships program helps set interviews with employers looking to take on interns. Both the manufacturers and the intern candidates select their top choices, and the program organizers match the interns and manufacturers based on needs of the employer and interests of the participant.

Gasek said the results have been impressive.

More than 800 participants have taken part in the program, with 90% completing boot camp and 90% placed in internships. And about 70% of the participants are presently employed or attending post-secondary education.

Want to learn more? Gasek says Business and Career Services remains operational during the COVID-19 public health emergency and is available to provide virtual services to jobseekers and employers alike.

And she’s eager to help. Her e-mail address is

“I am regularly checking email and available by phone at 630-453-9443,” she said.

SOURCE: Business and Career Services