Work Experiences

Internship or Youth Apprenticeship Opportunities

The Appleton Technical Academy would like to place all senior students in an internship or youth apprenticeship opportunity that will combine in-school learning with learning on the job.

These employment opportunities can begin during the summer before a student's senior year at ATECH, during the senior year, or upon graduation from ATECH. An Appleton Area School District job coach will provide support to both the student and employer. Students are permitted and encouraged to work during the school day.

There are several differences between an internship and a youth apprenticeship, but the key difference is that a higher level of support is required for a youth apprentice. However, in return, the student is permitted to do work that is otherwise prohibited for an intern or student under the age of 18.

How internships and apprenticeships work
There are several differences between an internship and a youth apprenticeship. However, the overarching difference between the two is that the obligation a company has to provide support for the student is higher for a youth apprenticeship, but in return the student is permitted to do work that is otherwise prohibited for someone under the age of 18.

Internships

  • May be paid or unpaid position
  • Employer provides an average of 10-20 hours per week during the school year, and up to 40 hours per week during the summer
  • Employer provides a training plan with a variety of experiences
  • Student is supervised by qualified and experienced employee
    Employer provides the same employment considerations as other employees (e.g. safety, health, and social security)
  • Student may be terminated by employer or school for just cause following consultation with teacher/coordinator

Youth Apprenticeships

  • Paid position
  • Employer provides the same hours as an internship, but must provide a total of 450 hours during the duration of the employment
  • Employer provides a training plan with a variety of experiences
  • Student is assigned an employer selected mentor who will attend training, directly and closely supervise student work, assess and document mastery of developed Competencies and Learning Objectives, and work with A-Tech apprenticeship coordinator
  • Employer provides the same employment considerations as other employees (e.g. safety, health, and social security)
  • Student may be terminated by employer or school for just cause following consultation with teacher/coordinator