C.R.E.A.T.E. Internships Program
The C.R.E.A.T.E. Internships (Career. Readiness. Education. And. Training. Experience.) program is designed to link transition-aged men and women (ages 18 – 28) with significant barriers to employment due to a disability to a competitive, integrated employment experience in an Occupations in-demand (OID) in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Working in collaboration with local employers, service providers, and school districts, Vocational Training Center (VTC) will imbed several highly successful best practices discovered through the US Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI).
C.R.E.A.T.E. Internships will create integrated, competitive opportunities for interns by providing: 1) an individualized, transferable employability skills training program (up to 40 hours) delivered in multiple teaching formats including work-based learning, and 2) a 120-hour, competitively compensated, community-integrated internship. The goal of this program is to provide the necessary work-based training and experience to give the intern the best opportunity to find success in an integrated work environment that he or she enjoys.
If you are interested in “CREATE” Internships or know someone who could benefit from participating in this unique program, follow these instructions to complete the Employability Screening Criteria and Application Packet.
Steps to Apply for CREATE Internships Spring 2019
1. To qualify for this internship program, participants must have successfully completed the 11th grade, be enrolled in, have completed high school/GED, have a documented disability, and a barrier to employment. Program candidates must be eligible to work in the United States.
2. Participants must be referred to the program by a non-family member.
a. Those currently attending or registered for high school / transition program / post-secondary classes must be referred by an education professional familiar with the candidate's employability skills.
b. Those who are not currently enrolled or attending classes must be referred by a human services, human resources, education professions, or a previous employer familiar with the candidate's employability skills.
3. The referring party will complete the Pre-Application form. If after filling our the form, the referring party remains confident that the candidate can complete the internship program and retain employment with the supports the individual currently has in place, please proceed to the CREATE application packet.
4. When completing the application, the "referring professional" who completed the Employability Screen Criteria needs to carefully review and sign the completed application for accuracy.
5. Review the timeline below for upcoming important dates to remember regarding the start of CREATE Spring 2019.
The CREATE Spring 2019 Class Timeline
- January 4 – Deadline date for turning Internship Application Packet into CREATE
- Week of January 7 – Application Review by Selection Committee
- Week of January 14 – Applicant Interviews by Interview Panel
- Week of January 21 – Readiness Training Program Prep and Course design
- Week of February 4 – Readiness Training Program begins class of eight intern candidates
- Week of March 4 – Complete RTP w/Make-ups
- Week of March 25 – Internships Begin
- Week of June 10 – Internships Complete
In-School Employability Screening Criteria
Out-of-School Employability Screening Criteria
CREATE Application Packet
If there are questions, please email/call the CREATE Internships Program Manager: email@example.com/701.241.4858.