Minnesota Internship Center Charter High School

The Internship Center in Minnesota offers ongoing structured internships in health-related fields, customized internships for almost any appropriate job and classroom training for people preparing to begin their internships. The Minnesota Internship Center (MNIC) is a public charter high school that is sponsored by Pillsbury United Communities. MNIC has four school sites in Minneapolis and St. Paul that offer a high school diploma with extensive tutorial services at all sites, as well as graduation standard-based classes and individualized programs. They have had over 1300 graduates since 2003.

MNIC opened in 2003 with the goal of providing high-quality educational and career development experiences to learners with multiple challenges or those who have encountered difficulties in traditional public school settings. Today MNIC serves nearly 500 learners at four Minneapolis and St. Paul sites, and employs 70 full and part-time staff. Last year, MNIC students earned over $800,000 in competitive jobs while they earned their diplomas!

Record Type: 
Innovative Programs
Start Date: 
Wednesday, January 1, 2003
Type of Agency/Organization: 
Community-based Organization
Program Location: 
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Geographic Reach: 
Multisite
Clientele/Population Served: 
They have four sites in Minneapolis, and serve some of the poorest students in the state.
Programs/Services Offered: 

MNIC creates individualized programs for students based on credit accumulation and skill level. To meet so many levels within their four small school sites, they create courses and learning experiences (like internships and service-learning opportunities) that emphasize academic integration. These all meet state standards. MNIC offers its students free driver education, including classroom and behind-the-wheel.  About 150 students participate in job and internship programs each year. They provide very strong internships in diverse areas like pre-construction, and job trainings in health care, hair braiding and more. MNIC Serves breakfast and lunch every day at no charge.

Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students to earn both high school and college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college-level, nonsectarian courses at eligible participating postsecondary institutions. Most PSEO courses are offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution; some courses are offered online. Each participating college or university sets its own requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses. There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course.

Topics/Subtopics: 
  • Education and Training
    • On the Job Training
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