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Connecting Activities High School Internship Programming

Considering to provide high school students with internship opportunities? All twelve public high schools in Berkshire County have structured work-based-learning/internship programs that allow students to explore their career fields of interest while participating in work readiness training and career exploration activities. Funded through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education since 1998, over 450 high school students in Berkshire County participate in employer paid and unpaid internship opportunities on an annual basis.
   Internships are structured work-and-learning experiences that 

  • Foster  students’ realization of the connection between the classroom and the workplace;
  • Develop students’ basic and 21st century skill base essential for their future career success and
  • Provide students’ with a head-start on the development of industry-specific skills within their potential career paths

Career Exploration Activities

Want to help attract Berkshire County youth to a future career in your industry?
In addition to internship and structured work-based-learning opportunities, the region’s
public school districts in partnership with the Berkshire business community implement a myriad of industry oriented career exploration activities for students. These include annual Job Shadow Day events, career fairs, guest speaking engagements and mentor-protégé activities.






Specialized Work-Based-Learning Programs

Willing to provide youth with a life altering employment opportunity and serve as a true mentor? In partnership with Berkshire Works Career Center, the BCREB offers structured work-based-learning programs for income-eligible youth ages 14-21 residing within the region. These programs include federally funded Workforce Investment Act (WIA) In-School & Out-of-School Youth Programming and state funded Youth Works Programming. Work experiences through these programs provide youth with the vital development of basic skills as well as the opportunity to realize their occupational potential. Program funds are utilized to provide youth with their wages throughout their participation in these programs.









Hire Youth for Part and Full Time Employment Opportunities

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Want to simply hire youth for part/full time employment opportunities? In addition to the many work-based-learning programmatic options available through the region’s school districts and Berkshire Works Career Center, employers are also continuously sought to provide Berkshire County youth with part and full time employment opportunities.

 All available “youth friendly” jobs are listed in Berkshire Works’ Youth Virtual Job Fair that is accessed by the region’s in-school and out-of-school youth populations. *Please note that youth with limited/no previous work experience that inquire with Berkshire Works on employment prospects will be encouraged to participate in the Career Center’s work readiness training sessions to ensure their proficiency in basic skills upon their entrance into the workplace.


Teacher Externship Opportunities


Want to help inform Berkshire County educators on current industry-specific skill sets to ensure our students are up to date on career pathway skills and knowledge?  Regional companies are consistently sought by the BCREB to provide externship opportunities to Berkshire County teachers, administrators and school-based-staff.

Externships are opportunities for teachers to engage themselves within the business community to learn about industry-specific skills and discover real-world applications related to their curriculum. By participating in an externship, teachers are able to enrich their curriculum with learned foundational and industry-specific skills required for success in the 21st Century workplace and understand the importance of school-to-work activities for high school students.


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