Below are a list of FAQs, it by no means covers all of them. Please direct additional questions to the YWeb Career Academy Coordinator.
WHAT IS THE STUDENT DEMOGRAPHIC
The students range in age from 18 – 40. Our program aims to help bridge the gap between the tech industry and people of color and women. Each student falls into one of these categories. They have varying backgrounds and home lives. If there were to be any concerns, please reach out to the YWeb Career Academy Coordinator so we can help troubleshoot any issues.
HOW LONG ARE WE EXPECTED TO HOST AN INTERN
We are asking companies to host a 3 – 6 month internship.
HOW SHOULD A COMPANY PREPARE TO TAKE ON A YWEB INTERN
• Create a clear position description for the YWeb staff and the intern(s) including:
- Tasks to be completed
- Skills needed to complete these tasks
- Hourly wage rate
- Workplace expectations (timeliness, dress code, lunch/break procedures, unexpected and planned absence process, feedback process, etc.)
- Schedule (days worked each week, hours each day, flexibility?)
- The last two items should be gone over in greater detail when the placement is made, but a rough outline helps in placement selection.
- Location of job site
- Outline your hiring process for the YWeb Career Academy Coordinator
- Are there any posting or listing requirements to consider?
- Will background checks or drug testing occur?
- How many interviews will happen?
- Is there any skills testing?
- Set a meeting with the YWebCA Coordinator for the Committed Partner Orientation which will include trainings on cultural competence and racial justice.
- Attend YWeb Career Academy events such as mock interviews and the job fair
WHAT DO WE NEED TO HAVE IN PLACE
- One to two people designated as the mentor/tutor/trainer for the intern
- Process for giving good feedback to the intern
- Commitment to be present to gauge the appropriate project(s) for the student(s)
- Willingness to learn, grow and change culture as appropriate, to meet the needs of a non-traditional population and to benefit from new pipelines and perspectives
HOW MANY HOURS A WEEK SHOULD WE EXPECT THEM TO WORK
The students’ availability ranges, some are interested in ten hours a week while others are looking for full time placement.
WHEN AND HOW SHOULD THE COMMITTED PARTNER COMMUNICATE WITH POTENTIAL INTERN(S)
Except for the job fair, committed partners and candidates should not communicate with each other directly until a potential match has been made. Any questions and/or concerns from either side should be directed to the YWeb Career Academy Coordinator.
WHAT DO WE DO IF THERE IS A PROBLEM
Contact the YWeb Career Academy Coordinator immediately! Please do not wait until problem escalate.
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF THE INTERN
Interns will come to you with a level of understanding of the languages and items outlined in the curriculum. Some students possess a knowledge of design, and others have project management skills. However, our interns do not arrive at your company ready to fly solo. Someone will need to train, tutor, and mentor them. The mentor will work to help them develop additional skills and coach them on workplace expectations. As in all internships, the goal is to help grow the skills covered in class, as well as other technical knowledge in order to keep them specifically in the technical field. The goal of the program is to increase the number of women and other minorities in technology.
- Meet the expectations of the workplace
- Produce work per the position description
- Complete assignments and meet deadlines
- Ask for help whenever needed (this is one of the hardest expectations)
- Ask for and accept feedback, take advantage of this opportunity to prepare him/herself for an entry-level position in the tech industry
- Develop relationships with individuals in the tech industry
- Communicate regularly with mentor
- Communicate immediately with the Placement and Retention Coordinator if there are any concerns.
- A separate document has been created to provide more insight into this role
How are Interns Placed, and What is the Process
- Each committed partner provides the YWeb Career Academy Coordinator with a position description.
- Each committed partner is able to send a representative to the mock interviews where they have the opportunity to interview several graduates of the YWeb class to help them practice.
- When student resumes and portfolios are ready, the YWebCA Coordinator will send you 3-5 resumes. You may interview them according to your policies. Please send the coordinator your top three candidate choices.
- Based on your choices, the YWeb Instructor and YWeb Coordinator make matches and give each graduate a placement. Both the graduate and the committed partner are informed of this match. The committed partner may extend an offer directly to the student.
- If either party is not comfortable with the match, this information needs to be shared with the YWeb Career Academy Coordinator. They will work to arrange a different potential match, repeating steps three and four.
WHAT ARE THE ROLES OF THE PEOPLE WITHIN THE YWEB CAREER ACADEMY PROGRAM?
Placement & Retention Coordinator, recruit and retain committed partners, Schedule and facilitate committed partner orientation(s), Schedule and facilitate the job fair, Assist in making internship placement, Conduct site visits, and check in with Committed Partners on a regular basis for feedback on the placement(s) and about the program in general
YWeb Coordinator, provide support for the students throughout the program and internship, schedule speakers/presenters, schedule times for volunteers, mentors, and committed partners to be in the classroom, assist connecting mentors with students, and assist making internship placements