BiCi Co. provides an ideal venue for Center for Latino Progress interns to conduct service learning projects and make a difference. Internships at BiCi Co. focus on building skills and employment readiness for participants.
Summer Youth Interns – Capital Workforce Partners’ Summer Youth Employment and Learning program is a stepping stone for Hartford’s youth, providing a five-week paid “work and learn” experience. The program includes professional development that prepares students between 8th and 12th grade to succeed. In 2015 and 2016 Summer Youth program participants at BiCi Co. learned about many bicycle topics, including Hartford’s rich bicycle history and engineering. The students learned bicycle maintenance and repair. In 2015 they directly applied those skills to 16 bicycles that were tuned up for a Community Renewal Team bicycle rodeo and then donated to grandchildren being raised by their grandparents. In 2016 the summer interns built bicycles for the Center’s Bikes for Jobs Access program and educated peers in bicycle safety at bicycle rodeos and safety courses. The 2017 BiCi Co. summer youth interns helped get the BiCi Co. storefront up and running.
2019/2020 Hartford Schools Internship Program – The Center for Latino Progress is working with Capital Workforce Partners on the Hartford Schools Internship Program (HSIP). Twelve Hartford Public Schools are participating and the program is employing 125 high school juniors and seniors at different Hartford area placements in the Spring. The program requires several Fall 2019 professional development meetings and milestones to qualify for the Spring 2020 internship. BiCi Co. will be hosting several of these interns as mechanic trainees, customer service trainees, and program assistants.
Capital Workforce Partners, Construct Your Future Internships – BiCi Co. is a work-site for young adults participating in the Center’s Construct Your Future Program . CYF training includes customer service and professional development. BiCi Co. provides internships that fit the skills and certifications that the participants obtain.
Jr. Apprentice Interns – BiCi Co. works with teen interns as part the the Jr. Apprentice program.