We partner with businesses & organizations in our community in order to offer meaningful career experiences for our youth. Our career and leadership development opportunities impact youth starting in our programs in middle school, and lasting through college completion.
For our emerging leaders, this means exposure to a variety of career opportunities, experience developing and applying their skills, and access to meaningful professional opportunities. These help youth to reach their full potential, learning and growing in the workplace before they graduate from college, and making connections in their fields of interest. Research shows that these enriched learning opportunities contribute to student retention and success in their college years, and students who experience paid internship experiences are more likely to find successful job placement after earning their degrees.
For our community, we support accessible, paid opportunities for youth to build experience and social capital. We connect our partners to a pipeline of talented, diverse youth who bring new ideas and innovation to their work.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County collaborates with over 30 local businesses, non-profits, and public agencies to provide hands-on experiences to our youth. To learn more and get involved, contact Taylor Jackson, TOPS Manager Mentoring & Career Development here. Community involvement might include:
- Hosting TOPS interns at your organization
- Sponsoring a TOPS internship
- Inviting TOPS students to job shadow or tour your organization
- Speaking to TOPS students about your career and experiences on a panel, or in a classroom,
- And many more customizable opportunities!
“This was a really valuable experience. Having a younger person in the office brings a different perspective that we don’t typically have in our staff. This also gives us a chance to build our pipeline of potential candidates and general connectedness in the Madison community. Lastly but not least, our intern brought great energy and was ultimately a fun and positive person to join our office this summer. He will be missed!” -National Council on Crime & Delinquency
“I always find that interns energize me and make me feel younger and more productive. I enjoy having them in my lab.” –UW Extension Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic
“I enjoyed my internship this summer because of all the experiences I had with my co-workers and supervisor. They were extremely welcoming, and the time I had with them felt very nice. I’ve learned a lot of personal things along this way and one of my highlights were when we all ate Indian food in the small room and just had a good laugh.” –T.T., Curate Intern, Class of 2019
“I enjoyed every part of this internship, from the time management to the learning experiences I had with shadowing my supervisors. I was able to see how occupational therapists work in a hospital.” –K.P., UW Health Intern, Class of 2019
Thank you to our 2018-2019 Partners!
|Access Community Health||Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District|
|American Family Insurance||Madison Museum of Contemporary Art|
|Ascendium Education BMO Harris Bank||More Smiles Wisconsin|
|Boardman & Clark LLP||Solutions|
|Curate Solutions||Olson Toon Landscaping, Inc.|
|Dreambikes||Palmer Johnson Power Systems|
|Fiskars||Quartz Health Solutions|
|Government of Dane County||Spherion Staffing|
|JMS Wealth Management/Morgan Stanley||Ryan Brothers Ambulance Service|
|M3 Insurance||UW Extension Plant Disease & Diagnostics Clinic|
|Madison Children’s Museum||UW Health|
|Madison Gas & Electric||WORT|