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One of the main goals of Project FOCUS is employability. Students are involved in a variety of job related activities throughout their 2 years in the program, including career exploration, employment research and internships.
Internship guidelines state that students work a minimum of 3 hours per week at their internship site, fully participate in the tasks as defined by their supervisor, and notify direct supervisor in the case of tardiness or absence.
Throughout the 2 years of the program, students are encouraged to try different internship opportunities and to experience a variey of environments and tasks.
Typically students participate in their first internship during the 2nd semester of their first year in the program. Examples of internship sites include the University of Arizona Student Union, Bentley’s House of Coffee & Tea, Borton Magnet School, Rincon Heights Community Garden and the University of Arizona School of Music.
A peer mentor supports students until their supervisor states that they are able to be independent with the natural supports of the environment.
Students in their 2nd year participate in the EDGE Career and Internship Readiness Program through UofA Careers.