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Educator Interns - Connecting Education to Careers


So often students ask, "So why is the stuff I'm learning today so important for me later?" The old reply, "Because I told you so!" doesn't work anymore. That's why it is important for teachers, counselors and administrators to experience a different career setting, and that's why Metropolitan Community College, Iowa Western Community College, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce and area businesses have partnered to offer the Educator Internship Program.

The internship program is designed for area teachers, counselors or administrators to experience hands-on work that their students are typically seeking for employment. This experience will help to enhance classroom instruction for students while fostering partnerships between school and business.

What Does The Program Involve?

The program places a participating educator in a 40-hour work experience during the summer at an area business. Participants record skills observed on the job and formulate curriculum recommendations, timelines for possible implementation and lesson plans after the internship.  You should only apply if you can complete a full week of internship.

See a video about the internship.

Who Is Eligible?

Any school teacher, counselor or administrator within the four county MCC service area, (Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington), in the Greater Omaha Chamber area and the Iowa Western Community College service areas is eligible to apply.

All educators are selected through the application process.

Educator internship participants

Will I Receive Professional Development Credit?

Interns may receive continuing education credits for participating in the program but should check with their district.

How Do I Apply?

The complete application can be found here. All applications must be submitted by March 6, 2020.

How Will Interns Be Selected?

A committee comprised of representatives from business and industry will review all of the applications. Interns will be selected considering previous participation and quality of the application. However, full-time teachers who have never participated will be given priority. Efforts will be made to ensure the participant pool reflects a diversity of subject areas, school districts, etc.

Selection And Compensation

Those selected to participate will be notified by April 3, 2020. Each intern will receive a maximum of $600 for 40 hours of participation with submission of a mini lesson plan and other reports, such as required.

Further Questions?

Email Angela McGraw at or Sarah Hayden at