Urban Youth Collaborative Program
Each year, the Urban Youth Collaborative Program, also known as the Incompass Summer Internship Program, provides young people from all over the state with hands-on opportunities in a fun and interactive setting in the Human Services field. It is with the hope that this will inspire students to ultimately pursue a career in Human Services.
Participants in the Summer Internship Program gain an appreciation for the types of careers offered in the field of Human Services and develop meaningful relationships with individuals receiving these services, Incompass staff, and each other! At the end of their internship, students graduate from the program and take their experiences out into the world with a new appreciation for people with disabilities.
The Summer Internship Program provides paid employment opportunities for young adults from all over, aged 18 to 24. The program operates from mid-June through mid-August, allowing interns to “earn while they learn” working directly with individuals in our Day Hab Program – supporting adults with developmental disabilities. As part of the program, summer interns will:
- Attend a comprehensive orientation, and participate and receive on-the-job training and peer support.
- Gain actual work experience while being mentored and supervised by experienced, professional Incompass staff.
- Earn CPR and First Aid certifications and get introductory training in a variety of therapeutic areas including understanding developmental disabilities, teaching techniques, sensory programming, communication approaches, and positive behavior supports.
- Complete a course at Middlesex Community College, earning 3 college credits.
There are also year-round opportunities available through the Urban Youth Collaborative Program (UYCP) to students through our clinical department and the Strive2Thrive program. You can learn more about the peer mentoring program that supports young adults on the autism spectrum by clicking here.
This program was truly life-changing for me in multiple ways. Not only did I have the opportunity to meet wonderful staff members and closely befriend fellow interns, but I was able to interact with incredibly unique individuals. It is to the point where I feel like three months is almost too short.
I have loved my time in this program and learned many life lessons and skills. I’m so grateful for this opportunity; there’s nothing better than being excited to go to work every day.
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There will be four different internship teams with options for virtual programming, clinical programming, onsite in-person programming, and offsite community-based research services.
- 30-35 hours per week for 8 weeks
- Two (2) off-site, state-wide events that will require additional hours.