In 1996 WIP NYC was approached by the internship coordinator from a local high school looking for businesses to host full time interns. The first two interns actually assisted in designing the internship program as a hands-on learning experience, where they became actively engaged in all aspects of the business. They created designs and produced their own shirts for their culminating projects. This fateful act changed the course of WIPNYC as word of the internship program began to spread and internship coordinators from other NYC high schools began contacting WIP. In 2004, WIP became a not-for-profit organization and increased their community outreach efforts by actively seeking New York City public and independent school looking to place students in hands-on internships.
Since that time, we have created internships for approximately 15 students annually from a growing list of New York City high schools. We are often able to provide paid summer jobs for high school students who have interned at WIP and several former interns are currently full time staff.
REAL WORLD OF WORK AND LIFE SKILLS OUR INTERNS ACQUIRE AT WIP
- USING COMPUTER PROGRAMS SUCH AS PHOTOSHOP, ILLUSTRATOR, WORD, AND EXCEL
- CREATING LINE ART AND ARTISTIC DESIGNS
- SHOOTING SCREENS
- LOADING THE PRESSES
- MIXING INKS
- PRINTING SHIRTS
- OFFICE MANAGEMENT
- CUSTOMER SERVICE
- HEALTH AND SAFETY ON THE JOB
- WORK ETHIC – PUNCTUALITY, EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
- HOW TO WORK INDEPENDENTLY AND WITH A TEAM
- ATTENTION TO DETAIL
- A SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT AND PRIDE IN THEIR WORK