Teen Internship

TRUE Mentors’ Internship Program is a year-long college and career readiness program for teenagers in Hoboken. Each teen hired will be given training and paired with a mentor to work on a project in partnership with a local business. Teens are required to work 4 hours per week at a local business throughout the school year. In partnership with local businesses, teens have worked on projects such as Marketing, Product Development, Business Planning, and Event Planning.

Post-internship, teens are offered college and career readiness workshops, one on one help with college applications, help finding a job, visits to local colleges, and life skills training.

TRUE Mentors is currently looking for businesses for the 2017-2018 school year. Please email katie@truementors.org for more information.

The internship program is open to juniors in high school. Submit your application for the 2017-2018 school year today!

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What do the teens gain?

  • Valuable work experience
  • Payment for their hard work
  • Confidence in their skills and abilities
  • One on one college planning instruction
  • Critical job skills (interviewing, time management, resume writing, etc.)

What can businesses expect?

  • New business opportunities
  • Greater cultural and community awareness
  • A chance to give back and build a community
  • Promotion through TRUE Mentors website and materials

What can mentors expect?

  • Specialized training to help prepare for the internship
  • Curriculum to support the teen through the internship
  • Satisfaction of helping a youth achieve in college goals & their career
  • A chance to share your professional skills through weekly meetings with your mentee

Featured Business – Fleet Feet

Mentee – Rayza
rayzaThe program really helped me with time management and preparing for college. I also enjoyed working for Fleet Feet. I am very athletic and play softball, so I really enjoyed working with athletic clothing and equipment. The workshops taught me how to maintain eye contact during presentations and avoid saying the word “umm.” The program also helped me not to be nervous and I was able to join prep classes for the SAT’s and Math. I was enrolled into the IEP program in 7th grade. As a result of this internship, I was able to get out of the program. I also gained work experience at my first job which helped me prepare for the future.

Mentor – Kristin Sharp
unnamedI enjoyed being a friend to my Mentee, being available when she had questions, and hearing about her success. Some of the challenges we faced together included working around and adjusting schedules. I tried to provide her with a study system to help her improve her grades. Her grades were not good and she did not have a study system. It was rewarding to see Rayza apply herself and as a result, she received an A on her test! It was a very fulfilling experience, for both of us. It is an amazing experience when they model you, put things into action and do things we specifically spoke about.

Business Owner – Shawn Marlovits
Since the spring of 2014, he’s provided four Hoboken students an internship within his athletic footwear, apparel, and accessories store. By assigning marketing and business-focused projects, Shawn has witnessed each intern advance in terms of professionalism, business knowledge, and confidence. His last intern came onboard while the company was revamping its website. Shawn tasked the intern with updating the data from Fleet Feet’s old website, categorizing it, and integrating it into the new website, ensuring accuracy of brand and product names, while determining if each product was the most current version available. “It’s an awesome program, especially for local-minded businesses,” Shawn said. “It’s really not a huge commitment. I think the kids greatly benefit, and we do too.

Featured Business Hoboken Grace

Being thAnthony Hoboken Graceat Hoboken is an-open minded and collaborative community it was helpful to have Amanda on board for special events. Anthony was amazed at how much can get done with help from those who are passionate about a cause. “Amanda was not only helpful but she was insightful as well. She brought a young and fresh perspective to a position that could really use it, ” said Reimer.

The relationship was mutually beneficial. At the end of the internship both Amanda and Anthony learned a lot about teamwork and training. Teen internships are a great way for a spirited learner to get their feet wet in their interests and gain confidence in their skills before entering the workforce. Anthony says, “your intern is there to help as much as they are there to learn, so be prepared to go the extra mile and don’t just give them a task, help them to understand the “why” and be willing and open to answer and field questions about the projects at hand. We ended up having a lot of fun with Amanda and I think in the end it was because she knew she could feel comfortable around us to learn and explore a new position.”

Featured Business – Ben and Jerry’s

Business Owner – Sibel Berberoglu

Sibel PhotoThe Ben and Jerry’s internship project this year was focused on promotion and advertising. The goal of the internship was to create different ways to gain the attention of the public, to bring awareness on what is the difference between Ben & Jerry’s and other places, and to inspire them to stop by for a sweet treat after a long day at school or work. “It’s brought more people into the shop, increasing our afternoon line, and it’s helped Kayla gain the knowledge of what we do is not just mere scooping at a regular ice-cream shop. We believe local businesses should foster an environment and offer work experience to help students grow and reach their full potential. We are a values led company that happens to make the best ice cream out there. Our job consist of making a difference in the community and environment, putting smiles on everyone one scoop at a time.”

Mentor – Kristin Jennings 

Kristin’s favorite part of her mentorship was fostering her relationship with her mentee. “I loved getting to know the students beyond the internship and classroom. I liked hearing about their friends, family and plans for the future.” Providing students with work experience is both rewarding and challenging for everyone involved. It is through these challenges that relationships are formed and where we see tremendous growth in our students.” It is mentors like Kristin that support these interns and help them overcome these challenges throughout the program. “Kayla and I created a schedule of tasks for each week. Even though we didn’t complete each task each week, it still gave us a sense of direction and let us know if we were behind on anything.” Through this experience Kayla learned to set small goals and work to achieve them one at a time. For the mentors, Kristin believes her biggest challenge was staying on top of the project. The weeks seemed to go by so fast!”

Meet the Volunteers

Becky Mickel
Becky Mickel has lived in Hoboken since 2013. She began volunteering for the TRUE Mentors Teen Internship Program in December 2014, and since then, has spearheaded the group’s weekly workshops and other organized activities, which strive to hone the teens’ college and career readiness skills. Outside of TRUE Mentors, Becky works in New York City as the Associate Editor for Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine, where she spends her days dreaming up – and writing about – DIY projects, custom cakes, and more.

For more information email deshawn@truementors.org or call 201-540-8783 for more information.