MAKING THE WORKPLACE A LEARNING PLACE
The PIC’s School-to-Career team connects Boston public high school students with:
- Summer and school year jobs and internships,
- Job shadows at companies throughout Boston,
- Mock interviews with local professionals, and
- Other career awareness and exploration activities.
In partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the Boston Public Schools, PIC Career Specialists and Employer Engagement Managers coordinate summer jobs and school-year internships for thousands of students each year.
- Career Specialists work within Boston’s public high schools. They guide, mentor, and inspire thousands of students annually and connect them with summer jobs and school-year internships. Throughout the school year, they arrange career awareness and job readiness activities. Find the Career Specialist working at each high school.
- Employer Engagement Staff broker the relationships between students and employers by recruiting and supporting the businesses that hire students for a range of challenging jobs at healthcare institutions, financial services firms, life science companies, and other professional organizations. Learn how to get your company involved.
Joan Morel Peralta knows that someday he wants to start a business to help his immigrant community. As a student at the English High School, he sought out experiences that would put him on the path to achieve his goal.
During April school vacation his sophomore year, he participated in the Teen Leadership Institute, a collaboration between the PIC, Hale Reservation and Summer Fund with funding from Bank of America.
For his summer work experience, Joan’s PIC career specialist, Lindsay Nicastro, encouraged him to participate in Escalera, a summer work and learning program for English Language Learners (ELL) organized by the PIC and Sociedad Latina. As part of Escalera, Joan took a class at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology and had his first work experience at the Salvation Army.
During his junior year, Joan worked with Lindsay to update his resume and practice his interviewing skills. Consequently, he won a competitive summer internship with Bank of America. Joan’s supervisor was soon impressed by his professionalism and his ability to translate for Spanish speaking customers. This past summer, he returned to work for Bank of America in Dorchester.
Joan is focused on his future, but he also cares about his peers. During his senior year, acting as an informal ambassador for the PIC, he started bringing other Spanish speaking students to meet with his career specialist in the hope that they experience similar success.