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Friends for a Future FAQ for Employers

What are the benefits to my organization?  
* Responsible, achievement-oriented interns. 
* Structured, effective program for corporate civic leadership.  
* Opportunity for direct employee involvement and mentorship.  
* Potential for long-term employee/employer relationship.

How are interns chosen?
Interns are selected competitively among Holy Trinity students who are completing their junior or senior year. Holy Trinity chooses Friends for a Future students based on academic achievement, expressed commitment to career development and demonstrated leadership skills.

What kind of internships?
The employer designs the position and responsibilities. The job should fill an actual organizational need while providing substantive experience for a high school level student within the professional work setting at the company.

How long does the internship last?  
Nine to eleven weeks. Holy Trinity has an 11-week summer break from early June and ending in mid August.  Specific weeks of employment should be agreed upon between the employer and the intern at the beginning of the summer.

What is the cost to my organization?  
Friends for a Future interns receive fair wage for their position (typically $8 to $12 per hour, not less than minimum wage). A minimum contribution of $1,000 is also made directly to Holy Trinity. At least 80% of this contribution goes to a scholarship fund shared equally by all interns for senior year tuition. The balance is utilized to defray program expenses. Contributions above the minimum will be in addition to, not in lieu of, financial aid for which the intern might qualify.

What other organizations have participated in Friends for a Future?
A wide variety of corporations, associations, and nonprofits have participated in Friends for a Future. Our most recent partners in 2009 have been AEG Partners, Akers Packaging Services Group, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Bryan Cave, Family Defense Center, Franciscan Outreach Center, General Electric, Katten Muchin & Rosenman, Lapiz, Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo U.S. Corporate Banking, Wildman Harrold, and Winston & Strawn.

How do I get my intern? 
In the spring, each employer is asked to interview up to three internship candidates. The employer will rank the students in order of preference. Every effort is made to match employer preferences and the long term career interests of the intern.

How do I evaluate my intern's performance? 
Employers provide ongoing feedback during the summer as they would with any employee. A formal (written) evaluation, to be discussed with the intern, is due at the end of the internship.


For more information, please contact John Malloy.

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  • 1443 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60642   Phone: (773) 278-4212  Fax: (773) 278-0144
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