You will receive an Employer Toolkit, plus you will receive personal attention from your assigned HKCY Coach or Program Coordinator. These supports can help you craft job descriptions, facilitate intern performance, understand payroll and training, and much more.
Youth are highly motivated to produce quality work. They want to make meaningful contributions and develop their professional skills. Every organization has projects currently on the “back burner.” A youth might be just the person to complete these projects! In addition, interns can assist in projects such as research, greening the office environment, marketing, social media, administrative tasks and/or technology-related duties.
Sample job descriptions and project ideas have been developed for each industry area which can be found in this toolkit. Your Coach may also meet with you to discuss how to best use the intern. Together, you may create engaging projects that keep the intern(s) busy.
You may absolutely take your interns off site or on a field trip! We simply ask that you notify your Coach in advance. Additionally, for any intern under the age of 18, you must first receive consent from a parent/guardian. HKCY can supply you with a standard permission slip, or you may create your own; however, it must be signed prior to the trip. Please note that minor interns are not permitted to ride in personal vehicles. If your work with youth will require transportation, the vehicle must be company owned and insured. Otherwise, any minor interns can drive themselves or take public transportation. If your interns are over the age of 18, this stipulation does not apply.
Yes. Employer Partners have the same responsibilities and rights regarding interns as they do their own staff. It is recommended that you speak to your Coach prior to terminating an intern. However, it is ultimately your decision if you choose to terminate, and how you choose to terminate. HKCY will work with you to replace an intern if that outcome is desirable.
Yes. Professional Development is an integral part of the internship program where interns have the opportunity to share and learn with their peers while creating a valuable portfolio of work they will be able to use for future career success. These sessions take place one day each week during the managed internship time-frame (5 weeks).
Interns are co-managed by 1) an on-site representative and 2) their Coach. It is recommended that the on-site representative ask about the assignments and provide time for the intern to work at a company computer to complete the assignments. This does not mean the employer is responsible for the completion of the work— that’s each intern’s responsibility, with oversight from their assigned HKCY Coach.
It depends: Yes, if you are a paying employer partner. No, if you’re a subsidized or sponsored worksite. If you are interested in having interns work additional hours or to extend the time-frame of employment, you can do so by contacting your Coach or Program Coordinator.
Employers may request that interns work on Saturdays; however, it is not a requirement of the internship program. If you would like interns to work on Saturdays please indicate your request when completing the initial Internship Request Form.
No; this is a paid internship program and all time worked must be compensated.
Absolutely! You have already been through a trial run with these candidates during their internships. You know the talents they possess and the quality of work they can produce. By maintaining contact with youth after they return to school, you will simplify the process of recruiting them when they are ready to graduate. A positive experience will bring candidates to your organization.
Your Coach will handle it. Inform your Coach through our communications platform, or by email, and they will follow up with the intern to determine the reason for the absence and develop a strategy to ensure the intern’s attendance moving forward.
Yes! We are able to place interns at worksites outside of Kansas City as long as it is feasible for interns to access by car or public transportation. If you are located further outside of the city or not easily accessible via public transportation, you have the option to sponsor an intern at a non-profit or small business in the greater KC area.
Once an employer commits to support the Internship program they will be sent an invoice and letter which details the commitment and the total cost. We ask that all payments are received well before the program begins.
As stated on the Worksite Agreement Form:
Depending on the nature of the incident, you should contact your HKCY Coach. Be sure to collect emergency contact information for all interns at your worksite and reach out to them in case of an emergency or injury.
Your worksite must submit an Incident Report to Hire KC Youth and your Coach within 48 hours of any accidents or injury to any youth placed at the worksite. The Incident Report can be found in our Employer Toolkit.
Yes, if you hire youth in seasonal or part-time jobs you may be eligible to receive recognition as a Hire KC Youth Employer and receive a digital Seal of Approval if you meet the following criteria:
Yes, if there is a pre-existing internship program at your company you may be eligible to receive recognition as a Hire KC Youth Employer and receive a digital Seal of Approval if you meet the following criteria: