Are you looking for a rewarding internship in Social Work, Education, Psychology, Counseling, Communications or a related field?

Does serving youth interest you?

What is Outreach to Schools (OTS)?

  • Outreach to Schools is a state funded program through Career Solutions. This program places college interns in St. Cloud area rural high schools to provide services to assist high school students in selecting a career of interest to the student, and a post-secondary path to prepare for that career.

Purpose of Outreach of Schools Program

  • Purpose of Outreach to Schools OTS activities complement the work of existing school counselors and provide youth and families with career exploration and career counseling, college information and current labor market information.
  • With Minnesota having one of the highest student to counselor ratios in the country, OTS is able to help fill part of this gap and assist the school districts in meeting the unfunded World’s Best Workforce Legislation.

What does an OTS intern do?

  • Work with Guidance counselors to conduct career exploration activities with high school students to assist in selecting a career of interest
  • Provide career counseling and conduct career & interest assessments
  • Provide job search assistance with job applications, interviewing, resumes, cover letters, etc.
  • Provide college information to students including applications, FAFSA information and scholarship searches
  • Share current labor market information with youth and families including job outlook, current demand, average wages
  • Assist career instructors with career classroom presentations and activities
  • Contact businesses to set up job shadow opportunities
  • Interns receive in depth training from Career Solutions staff and the school counselors at the assigned high school

Benefits to OTS interns

  • Gain a rewarding experience as you put your new skills to use in an exciting, energetic environment
  • Build a network with school professionals
  • Gain valuable job search and labor market knowledge while helping students, which could assist you in the future with securing your own employment
  • Supervision is provided by a licensed social worker

Earn a learning stipend and receive mileage reimbursements for travel to rural schools

Earn a learning stipend and receive mileage reimbursements for travel to rural schools

Position Title

  • Outreach to Schools Intern

Desirable Skills

  • Ability to work well independently with little supervision
  • Assertive, self-advocate, willing to ask questions if necessary
  • Engaging, positive and energetic personality

Minimum Qualifications

  • Applicants must pass a criminal background
  • Must be at least 18
  • Junior or senior year of post-secondary program

Possible Worksites: Rural schools in Stearns and Benton Counties

  1. Albany HS
  2. Belgade-Brooten-Elrosa (BBE) HS (Belgrade)
  3. ROCORI HS (Cold Spring)
  4. Foley HS
  5. Holdingford Sr. HS
  6. Kimball Area HS
  7. Melrose HS
  8. Area Learning Center: Albany-Melrose-Paynesville-Sauk Centre (Melrose)
  9. Paynesville Area HS
  10. Sauk Centre Secondary
  11. Sauk Rapids–Rice HS

Interns may work in a few schools.

“My internship at Career Solutions allowed me to see different opportunities in social work and alternative areas I could get into. I made some
great relationships at Career Solutions and I still have contact with many of the people who work there.. The most important piece part of an
internship is networking and Career Solutions allowed me to create a huge network to utilize for years to come. During my internship at Career
Solutions I realized that there are many different opportunities in the social work field than just becoming a social worker for a county. They
helped me prepare to apply and eventually land a position that I love! Thank you Career Solutions for allowing me to be an intern.”

Nick, Former Career Solutions Outreach to Schools Intern

Being an OTS intern was a great experience! I enjoyed being able to learn, receive training, and go to meetings with staff from Career Solutions.
I also enjoyed getting to know the students and staff at a local high school, assisting the students with career and job readiness skills.

Trisha, Former SCSU Career Solutions OTS Intern

“I have helped students figure out assignments, make sure they are on track for graduation, check on grades and discuss their future plans after high school. It has been a great internship!”

Mesa, Former SCSU OTS Intern

“Every day was a different experience. I assisted students of all ages 5th-12th grades. I worked with students on everything from a variety of mental health issues to helping students apply for college. I truly enjoyed my experience as an Outreach to Schools Intern!”

Meghan, Former SCSU OTS Intern
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To APPLY for this position, email your resume to:
Trisha Welle
Career Planner