The Rainmakers Program Phase I
Juniors … Jump Ahead
In our Rainmakers Internship Preparation Program (RIPP) Phase I, high school juniors will continue to increase and enhance the knowledge they need to secure and succeed in a Rainmakers Internship. What participating students learn will also help give them the skills they need if they decide to enter the Gig Economy in their last months in high school or in college, where they can use their skills to earn money working remotely under short-term contracts for a variety of employers.
While we cannot enforce, we actively dissuade students who are under the age of 18 from contacting employers to seek a remote Rainmakers internship. Most employers will not want to work with individuals who are not of legal age and we advise all our Host employers to refrain from doing so. Therefore, students who attempt to secure an internship before they achieve their majority will probably be wasting their time. Further, while we prepare students to enter the Gig Economy, we do not provide support for those who elect to do so prior to their 18th birthday.
Toward that end, we also advise students of the many instances of scamming on some web interchanges where job seekers attempt to connect with employers who need their skills. To ensure that students are aware of these ‘bad actors,’ we provide informational teleconferences with representatives from some of those exchange sites and we mount the recordings on our website for all to access.
Students have nine months from the date of their high school graduation to secure and serve their Rainmakers Internships, so we ensure they have enough time to achieve the goals we have set for them.
Check out our Phase I activities in the bulleted list at the bottom of this page.
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Build a Network … of People
While online job boards typically post 450,000 new résumés every week, most jobs (up to 85%) are secured through professional networks. In RIPP Phase I, juniors will learn about the ins-and-outs of building professional networks with our tips and techniques. The sooner students start building their networks, and the more they know about how to build a network, the better their chances will be to get the job they want when they are ready to go to work.
We provide an in-depth presentation that will help them develop a ‘road map’ for this very important process, followed by post-survey questions to gauge what participants have learned. Students will also hear from experienced business people about how to build a personal network. Students who also successfully solicit, secure, and serve a Rainmakers Internship will be provided a FREE lifetime membership to The Rainmakers Club, an online community where they can build their professional network for the rest of their lives.
Near-Lee Real Industries — Get That Job!
Participating juniors attempt to earn a score of 100 percent on a series of pre-employment tests for a variety of jobs available in a family owned business called ‘Near-Lee Real Industries.’ In doing so, they will get an idea of the level of challenge inherent in these tests, which are quite typical and gauged for minimal to medium skills level positions all the way up to the higher levels of management. Participants are asked to do a homework assignment: complete (but don’t submit) an online application for a real job with a real company.
Strengthen Your Core: The Final Stretch
Strengthening your core — your core competencies — is critical. You will need to do that every year you spend in the workplace so you can add your accomplishments to your résumé and update it annually, so your job is to learn how to do that. We expect juniors to begin to finalizing their performance-based résumés using the baseline data they started with in grade eight, and revised and updated in freshman and sophomore years. Using business language and concrete data, by junior year you should have much to ‘brag’ about as you list your increasingly strong competencies … IF you have followed the directives we gave you when you were just a middle school sprout or a newly minted high school freshman.
Race for a Place — An Employment Simulation
In this unique game, select students play the role of human resources managers making multiple hiring decisions about candidates who have applied for one of three ‘open positions.’ As participants determine which candidates are best for ‘their company,’ students begin to connect their academic choices and behaviors in and out of school to their ability to get a job, thus catalyzing appropriate changes in their own academic performance and personal behaviors. They learn what they must do to get a good job, what they should do, and what they absolutely should not do.*
*Race for a Place is offered to schools participating in The Internship Depot’s programs as an activities enhancement for a reasonable fee.