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WorkReady Internship Program

WorkReady Summer Internship Program

Thank you to the Drexel University Colleges and Departments who participated in the WorkReady Summer Internship Program in 2014! With your help, we were able to make a positive impact in the lives of dozens of Philadelphia youth. Please see below for the program highlights and check back for information on how to participate with us in summer 2015.

With your support, we were able to:

  • Hire 56 High School Interns at Drexel Universtiy
  • Provide over 5,900 working hours for participating interns
  • Hire over 80% of our intern cohort from local West Philadelphia neighborhoods
  • Provide job experiences in over 35 Drexel Colleges/Departments

What is WorkReady?

WorkReady Philadelphia is a cross-sector partnership led by the Philadelphia Youth Network.  Each year, WorkReady programs provide thousands of young people with meaningful experiences and connections to caring adults, and expose them to potential careers while sparking their interest in higher education. This program is critical to increasing the high school graduation rate, preparing the next generation of Philadelphians for the workforce, and ensuring that Philadelphia’s economy continues to grow and thrive.

Always a strong support of Philadelphia Youth Network’s WorkReady Summer Internship Program, Drexel will again partner with PYN for summer 2014. President Fry established a goal of hiring 50 students and Drexel’s Office of University and Community Partnerships, led by Lucy Kerman, has reinforced this support by pledging to fund 50% of each internship slot.

Why participate in WorkReady?

This is an extraordinary opportunity to participate in building the confidence of youth, promoting economic self-sufficiency, stimulating learning, and strengthening our community and our university as a whole. The university will again partner with the Philadelphia Youth Network, in response to mayor Michael Nutter’s 2014 summer jobs challenge, in the effort to provide city youth with real world experience and create a more capable workforce for the future.

What are the program details?

High school students are eligible to participate in the program which runs from July 1st to August 8th. Interns will work at Drexel 20 hours a week, Mondays through Thursdays and attend Professional Development Seminars each Friday. Interns are required to successfully complete pre-employment and workplace expectation seminars, are pre-screened, and prepared to be productive. Departments will have the opportunity to interview potential candidates on campus. For additional details please visit the WorkReady site.

What will it cost my department to have an intern?

The Office of University and Community Partnerships’ 50% commitment allows departments to hire an intern for $850. The intern will make $8.00/hour.

How is Payroll processed?

Interns will be paid on Philadelphia Youth Network’s (PYN) Payroll and Drexel will be charged for the students after July 1st, 2014.

I'd like to work with a student but need some additional support. What do you offer?

Philadelphia Youth Network will provide training sessions for managers on Drexel’s campus. The same trainings will also be made available online. PYN provides a worksite toolkit that holds endless resources on activities for interns, goal setting guidelines and suggestions for providing feedback, just to name a few.

Still not sure? Let's talk about it!

Contact Courtney Price, Specialist, Workforce Development, at to discuss how to make the program work for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do the interns have an Orientation?

Yes, Orientation will be held in the basement of the James L. Marks Intercultural Center at 33rd and Chestnut on the first day. Philadelphia Youth Network will instruct students to report directly to this location on 7/1. Managers (or their proxy) should pick their interns up at 11:00.

If you are not on Main Campus and feel that you will be unable to pick up your student, please contact Courtney or Eva to make alternate arrangements. 

How do I approve my intern’s time?

Your intern will bring you a paper timesheet to approve on a weekly basis. Keep in mind that they are paid directly by PYN so you won’t need to process any paperwork, approve time in DrexelOne, etc.

Will I have to assess my student?

Philadelphia Youth Network will send an electronic pre and post assessment. This brief survey is important in tracking your intern’s professional development.

I don’t have the required safety signage in my office – what do I do?

Although the forms are posted in HR, they also need to be visible in the office where the intern is located. You will receive the forms electronically from Eva and Courtney.

What if I have a problem with my student?

As always, feel free to contact the program managers (Courtney Price at and Eva Wilson at You will also have an assigned an HR Partner to work with for the full internship period. This person will be reaching out to you weekly to provide support, but they can also be there to troubleshoot specific issues. The students are subject to our employment policies, so feel free to share that website with them during their first week. Your HR Partner can also brainstorm ways to keep your student busy while providing a meaningful experience.

This is my first intern – do you have any resources for me?

PYN’s worksite toolkit is a valuable tool for any intern manager, whether it’s their 1st or 50th student.