Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about our internship program?
Read through our FAQs below.

Genesys Works is not your typical internship program. In addition to serving motivated, high-potential students from disadvantaged backgrounds, we’re redefining the traditional internship model to optimize the value for students and companies alike. A few key differences are highlighted below:

 

 Typical Internship Genesys Works
Duration of TrainingNone or few days8 weeks
Technical SkillsNoIT, Business Operations
Professional SkillsLightIntensive
Duration of Internship6-8 weeks12 months
Value of Work PerformedLowHigh
Employee EngagementWeakStrong
Supervisor/Manager SupportNoYes
Employment ResponsibilitiesCompanyGenesys Works
Students typically finish skills training and are ready to begin work the second half of August. Ideally, the internship lasts approximately 12 months until students head off to college the following August.
Students generally work 20 hours per week during the school year, with most working afternoons from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Work schedules are negotiated between Genesys Works and partner companies taking into account client needs and student availability.
No, interns are employees of Genesys Works, which is responsible for their wages, taxes, employer responsibilities, insurance, etc. Genesys Works in turn submits invoices to companies for services provided in the same manner as contractors at a professional services firm.

Client companies are invoiced for the work performed at billing rates appropriate for local market conditions. Rates can vary based on location and work roles. Students are paid an average of $14 per hour. The balance of the billing rate covers direct expenses such as payroll taxes and unemployment as well as program expenses related to intern training, transportation, college prep, student rewards and recognition, etc.

We provide a great deal of support to students and supervisors throughout the internship. A Genesys Works Program Coordinator will meet with the intern at least twice a month to discuss workplace issues, refine skills, and provide counsel and coaching related to college selection, applications and financial aid. Program Coordinators regularly interact with workplace supervisors to ensure client needs are effectively being met.

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Get in touch with the team to learn more.