Step 1: Recruitment 

Recruitment takes place from September to December each year. During this time our program coordinator seeks out area high school juniors and seniors with the aid of local principals and guidance counselors who are encouraged to suggest students who are ready for an internship.

All interested students get application from either their counselors or the program coordinator who personally recruits at career fairs sponsored by Grays Harbor school districts.

We’ve been able to build strong relationships with businesses in the area in our short history. Our business recruitment meets the desires and working priorities of the students themselves. Then we do our best to place students in internships most beneficial to the student’s development.

Step 2: Matching

The matching process for each student is driven by three priorities identified on their application. The student is closely matched with the company that best fits the student’s interests.

Step 3: Orientation

The orientation is an hour and a half discussion with  students and parents, guidance counselors, principals and business hosts where expectations for the internship year are discussed, and plans for success are outlined. Community collaboration is crucial to the success of the GHYW program and our student interns. 

Each student intern is guided by an on-site orientation as well as a mentor during their involvement with their company or nonprofit.

The program coordinator monitors and coaches the students and acts as a liaison between the business hosts, mentors, and the schools for the length of  the internship. 

Step 4: Evaluation

The evaluation process uses a qualitative and quantitative approach to measure successful outcomes.

  • The quantitative method is a rubric used to measure “soft skills” students work to refine throughout the year. Soft skills include being timely, dressing appropriately, answering the phone, taking initiative, taking directions, working with collaboratively as a member of a team, and completing projects. 

  • The second quantitative measurement is an assessment of each student’s GPA before and after their internship year to determine whether the student’s internship participation affected their productivity in class.

  • The third quantitative measurement is an evaluation form students fill out at the end of their internship detailing their overall experience in the program.

  • The fourth qualitative measurable is gathered through separate exit interviews with the students and their business hosts. These interviews are carried out by the program coordinator and allows them to get a sense of what each student did or didn’t gain from their internship and what each student’s plan is after high school and what impact GHYW played in these decisions. Business hosts in their exit interviews are allowed a chance to express what they felt worked, what was challenging, and what they might change for future years if they decide to return.