About Tillamook Works

Tillamook Works is funded and supported by Tillamook Bay Community College, Neah-Kah-Nie School District, Nestucca Valley School District, Tillamook School District, and the Northwest STEM Hub. When you partner with us, you are partnering with students and the educational institutions in our county. 

 

Local businesses and organizations partner for a variety of reasons. Many are taking action to solve chronic talent supply shortages. Others are working with us to help close skills gaps for students entering the workforce. Still others just want to give back to the community by being part of a knowledge transfer process to the next generation. Whatever your reason to take the next step might be, please know that Tillamook WORKS has created systems and practices that make it simple and easy to get involved. You don’t have to be an education expert. We will walk you through the entire process.

 

Internships

Provide an internship experience for high school and/or college students at your business or organization. Internships offer students an inside look at industries that match their talents and aptitudes while further developing their skills and interests. 

Student interns can be utilized by organizations in many ways, whether it's an extra set of hands for a temporary project, as a lab assistant, front desk associate, shop helper, the list can go and on! What differentiates an internship from a "normal" job is the addition of learning and enrichment activities. What these activities are, will be up to the employer and what makes sense for the position. For example, an intern might attend and listen to leadership meetings, learn a new business process or software they normally wouldn't in a regular position, or they may shadow your colleagues in other departments. Organizations are encouraged to be creative in ways they can include their intern in learning opportunities throughout their internship!

Internship FAQ

When can I host an intern?

  • Summer

  • During the academic term

  • On your organization's timetable

  • On a revolving basis

 

What is the duration of an internship?

  • Internships can be flexible, lasting anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks. 

 

How many hours will the intern work each week?

  • Can vary by employer needs and availability; internships can be part-time or full-time

*If offering an internship where students can earn college credit there are specific total hour requirements the student must meet in order to successfully complete the internship. 

(30 hours = 1 credit)

 

What students will I be working with?

High school students from any of our local school districts and Tillamook Bay Community College students.

Students will be screened and matched to an employer's internship position based on any combination of the following: employer determined requirements, academic programs the student is enrolled in, student interests and aptitudes. 

 

Do I need to provide a paid internship?

It is encouraged! It provides the student a more realistic work experience and added accountability. It also encourages the participation of all students regardless of their socioeconomic status as many of our students rely on paid employment while attending school. Another benefit is it will create a stronger and more competitive candidate pool. 

However, if your organization is not set-up to pay for an intern, don't be discouraged to participate, there might be other funding options available. Also, if a student is earning college or course credit for their internship, payment isn't necessarily expected or applicable. 

 

What type of work can my intern do?

The intern will be screened and matched with you based on their career and educational interests and goals. They may even be using the internship as a means to earn course credit. That being said, they are expected to perform job duties and tasks that give them an idea of the typical work done in their industry of interest, because as established professionals know, it's not always fun, exciting, and glamorous- it's work! That by itself, is an important lesson for our interns to learn. 

Every intern will have learning goals  associated with their internship. Sometimes the internship can be developed in such a where the daily tasks and responsibilities will meet these learning goals. Other times, an employer can add enrichment activities in addition to the intern's regular work tasks. For example, an employer might have their intern tour or job shadow other departments, attend leadership meetings or events, work on a special side project, etc. Be creative, share your interests with your intern, and enjoy their fresh perspectives and curiosity!  

 

Roles and Responsibilities 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Recruitment and Hiring Process

Step 1

Fill out the Contact Request Form, Internship Proposal Form, or email the program coordinator to set up an initial meeting to discuss your ideas and vision for providing an internship at your organization.  We have processes in place that can you develop internships that will benefit both employer and students.

Step 2

Finalize internship job description and send to coordinator. The coordinator is available to collaborate and support you through the development process of your internship position. 

Step 3

Coordinator begins recruiting and screening applicants approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the internship start date.

Step 4

The coordinator selects qualified candidates, sends the candidate's applications to employer, and coordinates interviews.  

Step 5

Select and hire your student intern.

 

*Student interns are expected to follow all standard hiring procedures, including drug tests, as required by employer's standard hiring procedures before their official start date. Students are also expected to complete all other forms related to their participation with Tillamook Works. 

Internships

Provide an internship experience for high school and/or college students at your business or organization. Internships offer students an inside look at industries that match their talents and aptitudes while further developing their skills and interests. 

Student interns can be utilized by organizations in many ways, whether it's an extra set of hands for a temporary project, as a lab assistant, front desk associate, shop helper, the list can go and on! What differentiates an internship from a "normal" job is the addition of learning and enrichment activities. What these activities are, will be up to the employer and what makes sense for the position. For example, an intern might attend and listen to leadership meetings, learn a new business process or software they normally wouldn't in a regular position, or they may shadow your colleagues in other departments. Organizations are encouraged to be creative in ways they can include their intern in learning opportunities throughout their internship!

Internship FAQ

When can I host an intern?

  • Summer

  • During the academic term

  • On your organization's timetable

  • On a recurring basis as determined by the employer

What is the duration of an internship?

  • Internships can be flexible, lasting anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks. 

 

How many hours will the intern work each week?

  • Can vary by employer needs and availability; internships can be part-time or full-time

*If offering an internship where students can earn college credit there are specific total hour requirements the student must meet in order to successfully complete the internship. 

(30 hours = 1 credit)

 

*High school students earn .5 credits for every 60-65 hours worked.

 

What students will I be working with?

High school students from any of our local school districts and Tillamook Bay Community College students.

Students will be screened and matched to an employer's internship position based on any combination of the following: employer determined requirements, academic programs the student is enrolled in, student interests and aptitudes. 

 

Do I need to provide a paid internship?

It is encouraged! It provides the student a more realistic work experience and added accountability. It also encourages the participation of all students regardless of their socioeconomic status as many of our students rely on paid employment while attending school. Another benefit is it will create a stronger and more competitive candidate pool. 

However, if your organization is not set-up to pay for an intern, don't be discouraged to participate, there might be other funding options available. Also, if a student is earning college or course credit for their internship, payment isn't necessarily expected or applicable. 

 

What type of work can my intern do?

The intern will be screened and matched with you based on their career and educational interests and goals. They may even be using the internship as a means to earn course credit. That being said, they are expected to perform job duties and tasks that give them an idea of the typical work done in their industry of interest, because as established professionals know, it's not always fun, exciting, and glamorous- it's work! That by itself, is an important lesson for our interns to learn. 

Every intern will have learning goals  associated with their internship. Sometimes the internship can be developed in such a where the daily tasks and responsibilities will meet these learning goals. Other times, an employer can add enrichment activities in addition to the intern's regular work tasks. For example, an employer might have their intern tour or job shadow other departments, attend leadership meetings or events, work on a special side project, etc. Be creative, share your interests with your intern, and enjoy their fresh perspectives and curiosity!  

 

Roles and Responsibilities 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Recruitment and Hiring Process

Step 1

Fill out the Contact Request Form, Internship Proposal Form, or email the program coordinator to set up an initial meeting to discuss your ideas and vision for providing an internship at your organization.  We have processes in place that can you develop internships that will benefit both employer and students.

Step 2

Finalize internship job description and send to coordinator. The coordinator is available to collaborate and support you through the development process of your internship position. 

Step 3

Coordinator begins recruiting and screening applicants approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the internship start date.

Step 4

The coordinator selects qualified candidates, sends the candidate's applications to employer, and coordinates interviews.  

Step 5

Select and hire your student intern.

 

*Student interns are expected to follow all standard hiring procedures, including drug tests, as required by employer's standard hiring procedures before their official start date. Students are also expected to complete all other forms related to their participation with Tillamook Works. 

Employer:

The primary role of the employer supervisor/employer is to provide an environment in which learning can take place and to:

  • Orient the student to the work place with emphasis on Safety policies & procedures

  • Provide work experiences and help develop learning goals that relate to the student's educational studies, career goals, and/or industry needs

  • Offer on-going feedback to the student about on the job performance

  • Meet with the student and internship coordinator during the work term to assess student's progress

  • Complete a formal written evaluation of the student's work at the end of each term or completion of the internship

Student:

Students are expected to make the most of their learning opportunity and:

  • Act in a professional manner while following their host's policies and procedures

  • Enroll in the internship course at TBCC

  • Work on assigned duties

  • Arrive at agreed upon times and maintain regularly scheduled hours

  • Arrange lateness and time off in advance

  • Dress appropriately for their position

  • Complete any required college paperwork and/or assignments

Coordinator:

The Tillamook Works Coordinator is your point-of-contact and will support you throughout the process. The Coordinator will also:

  • Market internship opportunities and recruit qualified students

  • Evaluate and assess student skills and abilities for open positions

  • Screen student applicants to employer qualifications

  • Facilitate contact between employer and student applicants

  • Work with the student and employer to develop measurable learning objectives

  • Work with students and supervisors to help resolve issues or concerns

 
 
 
 

Career Exploration

 

Class Presentations/Workshops (Options: In-person, virtual)

An activity that is primarily focused on student career exploration or employability skill development. Industry professionals will be invited to provide a broad exposure to their industry and occupations or share their expertise on specific topics.

 

Duration: approx. 45mins

 

 

Speaker's Bureau (Options: In-person, virtual, or recorded)

Speakers bureau volunteers may be asked to participate individually or as a member of an industry or career panel, to share career or economic information and/or subject matter expertise with a group of students, parents and/or staff.

 

Duration: approx. 50 mins

 

 

Job Shadows (Options: In-person, live/virtual)

A job shadow is activity that is primarily focused on student occupational investigation. These experiences are one-one with an industry professional that allow a student to interview and observe one or more industry professionals in a work setting.

 

Duration: 2 or more hours if appropriate

 

 

Informational interview (Options: In-person, virtual, phone)

An activity primarily focused on career exploration and occupational investigation. This is a one-on-one or small group opportunity for students to ask career related questions in your industry area of expertise.

 

Duration: approx. 20 mins

How to get involved

  • Determine a Point of Contact- this information will only be used by the Tillamook Works Coordinator to inquire about setting up the above activities as requested by our educational partners.

  • Indicate which activities you would consider hosting. Your time is valued, please indicate how often you would consider being contacted to host an event and we will not reach out to you for more than what you are willing to do.

 

Did you know? You don't have to wait to be contacted to sponsor an activity. You can contact the coordinator to set-up an activity anytime! Why? Because hosting career exploration activities are an effective strategy to build relationships between your company and it's future workforce and simultaneously bring awareness to jobs within your company. Align different events to upcoming career fairs or an influx of open positions within your company. Get students excited about the possibilities of working for you and increase your applicant pool.

 

We've got you covered

  • All coordination and set-up of activities will be done by the Tillamook Works Coordinator

  • Tillamook Works coordinator or school staff member will be present during the activity

  • Guidelines and speaking templates will be provided to our career exploration volunteers