Employers, High School Students Come Together as 2023 Rock County Internship Program Kicks-Off

June 9, 2023

(Janesville, WI) More than 30 high school juniors from nine different high schools kicked off their summer internships on Friday as part of the 2023 Summer Rock County Internship Program’s Signing and Orientation event.

Through a partnership with Blackhawk Technical College, the County of Rock, Rock County 5.0 and the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, the 2023 Summer Rock Internship Program is a paid, six-week earn-and-learn opportunity that provides students with a structured and meaningful career pathway experience. The Summer 2023 cohort is the fourth time this program has been offered in Rock County and will conclude on July 28 with an intern graduation and capstone presentation event.

The students will work at one of 18 worksites:

  • Batterman
  • Beloit Health
  • Blackhawk Technical College
  • CCI
  • Cullen
  • Edgerton Hospital
  • Forward Janesville
  • Frito-Lay
  • HealthNet
  • Mercyhealth
  • Morse
  • Revv Aviation
  • Rock County Public Health
  • Scot Forge
  • Siepert
  • Stainless Tank
  • YWCA

Students participating in the Rock Internship Program were required to submit a resume, a letter of recommendation, and an academic and career plan. These background items, as well as other factors, such as a student’s identified career pathway and/or actual occupation of interest, were used to match students with their worksites.

“It’s more than just a job, you’re also learning valuable, life-long skills,” James Otterstein, Rock County Economic Development Manager, told the internship program participants. “You are going to want to lean on the relationships that you develop during this program, as those connections will be important to your short-and-long term career growth.” For a sampling of the internship descriptions, as well as information about the employers that stepped forward to serve as host intern worksites, please visit yourrockinternship.com.