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Guiding Today's Youth to Become Tomorrow's Leaders

Who we are:

Kaiser Permanente’s Youth Leadership Program provides extra resources to high school students in the Franklin Square neighborhood who wish to make the best of their educational experience and earn scholarship funds to help pay for higher education.
In this four year program, students will gain both hard and soft skills necessary to success in the professional world, from public speaking and handshakes to resume writing and college preparation. There will be opportunities each summer to further learning through summer classes, paid internships, college tours and much more.
In addition to academic pursuits, students will be encouraged to express themselves creatively, develop leadership skills, and give back to their community. During its pilot year, participating students served as docents in the inaugural Light City Festival, created a short film that was entered into the Baltimore High School Film Festival and won the Advocacy Film award, completed a six-week paid internship, and designed a youth-focused event on the topic of combating depression with Self-Love.
Much of what the students accomplished was driven by their own interests. The intention is for each new class to create their own unique opportunities and express their personal values in the topics and experiences they pursue in this program.
Create. Lead. Innovate.

The Important Role of Local Businesses: Shadowing and Interns

As part of the Kaiser Permanente Youth Leadership Program, our selected scholars will spend six weeks during the summer working in a variety of settings to gain workplace experience, network with professionals, learn practical skills and express themselves creatively. These students were all nominated for the program, completed applications and interviews, and will have participated in five months of programming before summer vacation.

Summer experiences include both shadowing and internships as ways of exposing students to a variety of career options and introducing them to the responsibilities and expectations of a professional environment. This is also a wonderful opportunity to showcase the variety of locally based organizations within Baltimore and encourage students to pursue careers in the city.

Why Host a Student?

There are a number of ways hosting a student intern or letting a student shadow your team can benefit you and your company. Most significantly, through these internships your organization will have the opportunity to build and strengthen the next generation of talent.

Our belief is that students best prepare for the workforce through hands on experience, mentorships, observation, and discussions with leaders in their chosen field. Kaiser Permanente's Youth Leaders are selected for their commitment to civic engagement and affinity towards leadership. Each student receives training to prepare them for the office environment. Through these internships they will learn about their communities and the career opportunities available to them. 

Other benefits to your organization include:
  • Connects you and your company to your community
  • Helps guide and shape students for ideal workplace development
  • Ensures your next generation of employees pursues the most useful and valuable studies before graduation 
  • Provides your staff with numerous mentorship opportunities
  • Adds energy and fresh perspectives to your projects
  • Designated internship coordiantor provided by Kaiser Permanente to ensure a smooth experience for you and your students

What We're Looking For:

Last summer we partnered with seven different companies in Baltimore who hosted our high school interns. This summer we are looking for more organizations who are willing to either host interns or offer our rising sophomores 1-2 days of shadowing a professional in your office. 

Shadwing Opportunities:
For our rising 10th graders. Welcome 1-3 students at your office for up to three days as they observe, speak with employees, learn about the company, and experience an average day at the office. Placements will be made based on company availability and student interest.

For our rising 12th graders and our recent high school graduates. We will be looking for 6-week internship placements. 

The intern host organizations will be in charge of determining work hours (no more than 24 hours each week), assigning projects, and completing at least one performance reivew with each intern to give constructive feedback and reinforce positive behaviors. The following work requirements will apply to all interns:
  • Will not lift more than 30 lbs
  • Will not drive any company vehicles
  • Will not operate any company machinery
  • Will abide by both Kaiser Permanente and intern host’s Company Policies
  • Will primarily be completing administrative tasks, observing experts as they work, contributing to project development, and interacting with the public as necessary
All interns are paid by Kaiser Permanente and hosts are not required to purchase additional insurance coverage for interns.

Applications to host an intern will be due no later than Friday, March 31st, 2017.

Finally, we are looking for professional offices that would be willing to host a tour and speak with students about career opportunities in their field. Student group will be between 12-25 people.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in hosting an intern this summer, please complete this application.

If you are interested in letting students shadow an employee at your office please complete this survey.

If you are interested in hosting a field trip to your office please email

“What I hear, I conceptualize. What I read, I understand. But what I do becomes part of who I am.”
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