The Program

GEAR helps students “Gain Education and Access Results” with a unique experience they won’t find in a classroom. Students gain the knowledge they need to become college and career ready through an internship with a company in our community.

Each internship equips students with high quality, hands on business training in a variety of disciplines, including accounting, marketing, human resources, information technology, operations and more!

Accepted students will be paired with a mentor for the fall, spring, or summer semester. Each mentor will work with the student to develop a schedule that works around their classes and extracurricular activities.

The Benefits

In addition to a life-changing experience, students also earn money. Each student earns $15 per hour while working with the company. Eight of those dollars go to the student’s regular paycheck, and the remaining seven dollars are put to the student’s scholarship fund.

At the end of the semester, if the student meets all of the requirements laid out by the partner company, students are eligible for a bonus scholarship to pursue higher education.

The Ideal Student

GEAR accepts applications from all sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a B average or higher. We look for students who are spirited, driven, and hard-working. Students must possess a desire to pursue secondary education. Fall and Spring students must have early release from school.

How Does My Student Apply?

The easiest way to apply is online! Students may also apply through their school. Each application requires students to submit their name, contact information, a resume, and an essay.