HU / HUCTW School-to-Work Program
School-to-Work is a partnership between employers and schools to provide
opportunities for students to learn about the world of work. For some
students, exposure to the workplace enables them to explore career ideas.
For others, it's a chance to think strategically about college. Learning
becomes more relevant and engaging than in just a traditional classroom
setting. School-to-Work programs can help prepare young people to be
successful in life by building such skills as how to make decisions,
solve problems, work with others, and to bring about change.
The Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers coodinates a
School-to-Work program with the
Cambridge Office of Workforce Development, several Harvard schools/tubs,
and Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.
Students are selected to work in departments for three afternoons a week
as paid interns. Each student reports to a supervisor who is an HUCTW member.
The role of the supervisor is to provide an overview of the student's work
and specific work assignments, explain how her/his individual work fits
into the mission of the department, and check in regularly with updates
Training and learning opportunities are a crucial part of the School-to-Work
program. Before the students report to work, supervisors attend a short
session on "Working with Teens". In addition, the students are enrolled
in a weekly Program seminar, Harvard funded, addressing workplace skills,
collective action, and career exploration. Supervisors will be invited
to join in some seminars, along with their students, about the union's
role in the Harvard community and to teach basic negotiating and
Check out this article from the Harvard College
Library intranet site for a write up of one School-to-Work experience.
For more information, please contact Joie Gelband, HUCTW organizer and
School-to-Work Coordinator, at 617-661-8289 or by e-mail