This summer, nearly 300 DPS high school students worked in cutting-edge industries across the city and county of Denver. Students performed real work in more than 100 companies, including Xcel Energy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Home Advisor as part of the DPS CareerLaunch Internship Program. The initiative connects students with businesses for internships while also cultivating a highly-trained and diverse workforce for Denver companies. Interns have built websites, helped deliver babies, visited construction sites, created mobile apps and more.
On July 21, DPS recognized interns and company partners at the CareerLaunch internship celebration. Students presented their internship projects during an interactive showcase followed by a brief awards ceremony.
Mayor Michael B. Hancock, who spoke to his own personal internship experience, congratulated the 300 interns and presented April McMullen with the prestigious “CareerLaunch Intern of the Year Award.” April, who is a current student at George Washington High School, had hands-on experience in the medical field at Sunrise Senior Living Center.
One of the five goals in the district’s strategic plan — the Denver Plan 2020 — is to ensure students graduate college- and career-ready and are prepared for their futures. DPS provides a variety of supports and services for students and their families, not just on their path to graduation, but to ensure their success in a globally-connected, knowledge-based economy.
“We believe deeply in the talent, potential and capabilities each one of you brings,” said Superintendent Tom Boasberg to CareerLaunch students. “Not only did you make yourselves proud, you made your families and DPS proud.”
The CareerLaunch Internship Program is part of DPS CareerConnect, an initiative aimed at building a highly-skilled workforce equipped to meet the changing demands of Colorado’s high-growth industries. More than 18,000 students participate in DPS CareerConnect, part of the DPS Office of Postsecondary Readiness, and more than 500 students will complete CareerLaunch internships throughout the 2017-18 school year.