The RU Ready for Work program offers a six­week summer program that engages students in an integrated curriculum of coursework which includes leadership development and strategies for career and academic success, provides a three­day weekly paid work internship, community service experiences, and cultural/educational enrichment components. The weekly schedule includes one day of classes and an array of academic/career­ related excursions and presentations. Students engage, interact and connect with local leaders and successful career professionals via a leadership speaker series, participate in a global teleconference and attend cultural enrichment programs. Over the past five years, RUR added a summer career immersion model for Public/Healthcare Service. This highly impactful initiative served as a vehicle to not only prepare RUR students for careers in public and healthcare service but led us to expose students to a broader range of career field options which includes criminal justice, neuro­science and an introduction to entrepreneurship. Rutgers University faculty and staff have been instrumental as instructors and providing work internship experiences for RUR students. The work internships not only enhance their professional development skills but provide mentoring and career coaching by site personnel. Funding/Wages for these paid work internships is/are provided by the Newark Works.

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