Professor & Students
Program Information for Businesses & Organizations

Tillamook Works is an internship and career exploration program that offers a platform for local businesses and organizations to connect with college and high school students in Tillamook County through work-based learning opportunities. Some businesses & organizations partner with the program to support students reach their career and educational goals by offering them the experiences required to earn credit or explore career interests on a deeper level. Others partner with the program because they see the value in creating relationships with a future workforce in order to bring awareness to the available jobs in their industry and skills needed to obtain them. The program is adaptable and flexible to the needs and availability of its partners. If you have career experience or industry knowledge, and the heart to work with students - consider partnering with Tillamook Works!

The program is flexible and adaptable to individual business/organizational needs and availability. You will work with the coordinator to develop opportunities to participate in a way that is meaningful for you and your organization. Before hosting a student, determine what you hope to achieve in doing so. Is it to:

  • Get support with an upcoming project?

  • Support your current staff with an extra set of hands?

  • Find temporary help during busy times of the year? 

  • Provide leadership development opportunities for employees?

  • Partner with education and give back to the community?

  • Build pipelines of up and coming talent into your organization?

  • Support students in their learning and career investigation?

 

There are many different reasons for an organization to get involved in the program and Tillamook Works has the processes in place to create an internship or other work-based learning experience that works for you!

There are students interested in business, healthcare, marketing, communications, law, agriculture... the list can go on and on. Some students only have a general idea of what they might want to do, some have no clue and just need a push in the right direction. If you can provide a safe space for a student to learn and explore an industry, please consider partnering! Non-profits, for-profits, trades, small businesses, individual professionals, etc. can partner with Tillamook Works. 

What is an internship? 

Just the same as a regular employee would, an intern should have daily tasks, a work schedule, adhere to their host site's policies and procedures, and are expected to be responsible and accountable. What also differentiates an internship from a "regular" job, is the learning component and mentorship piece. The coordinator will work with employer to determine appropriate learning goals for the internship. Learning goals are created when we consider the following questions:

  •  What new skills will the intern learn upon completion of the internship?  

    • Is it a technical skill?​

    • Employability (soft) skill?

    • Both?

  • What should the intern know to prepare them for entry-level employment in the industry?

  • What industry/career-related knowledge will they learn upon successful completion on the internship?

 

As you can see, internships can be very flexible and businesses and organizations can utilize interns in many ways across departments. 

Benefits
Why Partner with Tillamook Works?
Who Can Partner with Tillamook Works?

Sure, internships can help employers with immediate needs like additional project and staff support but there are also long term benefits too. 

  • Get support with an upcoming project?

  • Support your current staff with an extra set of hands?

  • Find temporary help during busy times of the year? 

  • Provide leadership development opportunities for employees?

  • Partner with education and give back to the community?

  • Build pipelines of up and coming talent into your organization?

  • Support students in their learning and career investigation?

 

There are many different reasons for an organization to get involved in the program and Tillamook Works has the processes in place to create an internship or other work-based learning experience that works for you!

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