The School District’s Division of Support Operations will sponsor paid summer internships for Palm Beach County high school and college students. Position descriptions, qualifications and application procedures are provided below. The internship program will last six weeks, with 10-hour shifts, Monday through Thursday. The stipend interns receive will be determined after all fundraising efforts are completed. Worksite locations are listed with the position descriptions below. In some cases, there are multiple openings for each intern classification. Positions can also be made available for interns wishing to work at the Facilities Services maintenance compound in Belle Glade. Students are responsible for transportation to their work locations each day. Note that the Forest Hill Boulevard and Summit Boulevard locations are accessible by Palm Tran busses. Questions should be directed to Ms. Judyann Terrell at (561) 687-7170 or email@example.com.
All applicants must have exemplary behavior records. High school applicants must currently be enrolled in the 9th, 10th or 11th grade. Positions are open to high school and/or college students as specifically indicated in the descriptions. To be eligible, students, high school and college, must currently be freshmen, sophomores, or juniors. High school seniors who are accepted to college may also apply.
To apply to the Internship Program, you must fill out the Student Intern Application Form obtainable at http://pbforms1.palmbeach.k12.fl.us/lfserver/_2310 . This form must be submitted online. Applicants will also need to submit three (3) references from their teachers/professors or business/community officials. The link for the Employment Reference Form (PBSD 0606) is at the bottom of the online application form. Have each person you use as a reference complete the required form; then FAX it to (561) 357-7569; or scan and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for applications is April 30, 2012. Applicants will receive a reply confirming that their registration form was received. The selection process involves screening the applications and references and, for finalists, a job interview. All applicants will be notified of their selection status by May 25, 2012. Email is the preferred means of communication.
Locations & Job Descriptions
Building Department Intern (3661 N. Interstate Park Road, Riviera Beach) Open to high school students only. The intern in this position will work with architects, engineers, building and health-and-safety inspectors on construction projects and existing district facilities. The intern will assist office staff in organizing blueprints and permit records. The intern will also assist in the field conducting scheduled inspections of construction work. The intern may be tasked with taking notes and preparing reports. Applicants should have good math and writing skills and an interest in building design and construction.
HR Certification Intern (3300 Forest Hill Blvd., Suite A-152) Open to high school and college students. The intern chosen for this position must work well with the public and have good clerical and computer skills. The intern will serve as an office assistant working in a professional, fast-paced environment. Duties include, but are not limited to, greeting the public, providing customer service, answering phones, updating files, and providing general clerical support.
Division of Support Operations Intern (3300 Forest Hill Blvd., Suite B-302) Open to high school students only. This intern will perform research and writing assignments assigned by the Chief of Support Operations. The intern also provides support to the division secretaries. The student intern will work at a computer the majority of the time and needs to be familiar with Microsoft Office suite applications.
Environmental Sustainability (“Green”) Intern (3300 Summit Blvd.) Open to college students only. This intern will assist the Sustainability Coordinator with projects that may include developing a Sustainability Management Plan, performing a greenhouse gas emissions inventory, and conducting staff interviews to collect baseline data. The student intern needs to be familiar with Microsoft Office suite applications and possess strong research and writing skills. Preference will be given to students currently studying in the field of environmental sciences and/or policies.
Environmental & Conservation Services Intern (1400 N. Florida Mango Road) This position is based at the McKesson Building, which is just north of the airport. Open to high school and college students. The intern will receive training on environmental issues to include wetlands, protected species, recycling, demolitions, asbestos abatement, and indoor air quality. This position will at times involve moving materials to/from work locations; such that, the intern must be able to lift up to 50-lb loads and be willing to spend time outdoors. Preference will be given to students currently studying in the field of environmental sciences.
Facilities Services Intern (3300 Summit Blvd. or Belle Glade office, if desired) Open to high school students only. Interns will serve as apprentices to various trades such as carpentry, HVAC, plumbing, etc. in Facilities Services. Interns may also perform general office duties and other responsibilities. Applicants with shop training in their curricula are preferred.
Information Technology Intern (3300 Forest Hill Blvd., Suite B-257 or B-332, or 1400 N. Florida Mango Road) Open to high school and college students. Interns in this position will assist IT personnel in servicing equipment and maintaining software applications. They will participate in application development and system maintenance and troubleshooting. Basic knowledge of PC hardware, peripherals, software and databases is required.
Legal Services Intern (3300 Forest Hill Blvd., Suite C-323) Open to high school and college students with preference given to pre-law coursework. The intern will serve in the Office of Chief Counsel assisting legal staff. Duties will include, but not be limited to, photocopying, filing, answering phones and when appropriate observing various legal proceedings. Applicants should be individuals who are looking at a career in the legal field. Computer technology skills are desired.
Planning & Real Estate Services Intern (3300 Forest Hill Blvd., Suite C-110) Open to college students only. Preference will be given to applicants with coursework in urban planning, public administration and geographical information systems. The intern in this position will assist district planners with functions that assess the need to provide new schools in diverse areas of the County. There will be opportunities to work with demographic data and governmental inter-local agreements. The student intern will assist staff members with preparing presentations and reports. The intern will also update policies and procedures and work with the school-based leasing programs. He/she will learn to read and understand title work, surveys, and how to perform property research using parcel maps and aerial photographs. Applicants must be familiar with using a computer for word processing and spreadsheets. Preference will be given to students with business curriculum interests.
School Food Services Intern (3661 Interstate Park Road, North, Suite 100, Riviera Beach) Open to high school and college students. The intern will assist central office staff with preparing for school opening in August. Duties will include but not be limited to filing, manage box preparation and content, photocopying, and answering phones. The intern will also spend part of the day working in school cafeterias preparing and serving summer meals in the Summer Food Service program. Applicants must have computer skills. Preference will be given to students with food service experience.
Transportation Services (3376 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406) Open to high school students. The internship is expected to be at the Central Transportation Facility, but could be moved to any of six facilities throughout the county, if that is more convenient to the intern. The intern will receive training in basic vehicle mechanical practices for light, medium, and heavy duty vehicles to include some basic school bus repairs. The intern can also receive training in vehicle paint and body repairs. This position will require lifting up to 50 lbs and require working outdoors. Preference will be given to students currently studying in the field of automotive repair.
The Summer Intern Program seeks particularly to train students who are interested in careers in construction, facilities management, and other support functions. Our positions are appropriate for future tradespersons and professionals. Applicants who are enrolled in certain high school technical courses are eligible for a preference in the hiring process. The preference given will be automatic advancement to the interview stage, if the application is complete. This preference will not affect other students who are invited to be interviewed. The Summer Intern Program has won two state awards. It is highly competitive, but students should not be discouraged about submitting their qualifications for review. The application, interview and selection process used mimic procedures job seekers regularly experience and will be instructive for all applicants.
The District prohibits discrimination against students, employees, and other applicants on the basis of religion, race, ethnicity, national origin, color, gender, marital status, age, parental status and disability in any of its programs, services or activities.
Media should contact Joseph Sanches, Chief of Division of Support Operations, at 561-357-7573 or email@example.com for more information.