Our internship model for high school students, called the Tech Apprentice Program, is named after the pioneering Boston-based program of the same name. The model affords secondary students with an interest in computing the opportunity to increase their awareness of career pathways in Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Networking.
The Tech Apprentice program has a seven-year track record of placing Boston Public Schools students into seven-week, paid internships at local companies. Students in the tech apprentice program have gone on to pursue IT-related degrees at an astonishing rate (3 out of every 4 students).
Interns are placed with local companies spanning industries like financial services, healthcare, non-profit, higher education, media and information technology. Apple, BlueCross/Blue Shield, Boston College, UMass Boston, IBM, Microsoft, Verizon, Molecular and Xerox are just a few of the employers who continue to partner with this program, helping it reach 125 placements annually.
The Tech Apprentice program has enjoyed broad success, in part, due to an innovative partnership of BATEC, TechBoston (a division of the Boston Public School System), and the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC).
If you have computer proficiency classes in your high school system, and staff resources interested in helping students explore academic and career pathway options, this is a proven and wildly successful model that you should learn more about.
Guidelines and instruction for student recruitment, student qualification, employer recruitment, student placement and tracking outcomes are documented in the Tech Apprentice guide. A digital copy of the guide is available for download in the resources section of this webpage.
- The Tech Apprentice program places over 125 students, each year, into paid internship positions.
- The Tech Apprentice program enjoys a seven year history of success in the Boston Public School system.
- 3 out of every 4 participants have enrolled in post-secondary IT-related programs of study.