Rock Internship Program

The purpose of the 2020 summer Rock Internship Program is to accelerate personal, as well as professional, skills development and career-related exposure for rising High School Seniors. This structured, earn-and-learn (paid internship) model will provide students with a meaningful, career pathway experience that will serve as a foundational element of their Academic & Career Plan (ACP); thereby, positioning students for future academic and workplace success. As such, students will gain: valuable interviewing, job searching and resume building experience; direct, career exposure at a worksite; opportunities to develop or improve communication, critical thinking, leadership and teamwork skills; and important networking connections. These internship placements are competitive, and determined by a combination of factors, including but not limited to: match-making / compatibility with student ACP's and the types of available internships. For a recap of the 2019 program, click here

The 2020 summer Rock Internship Program will last for a total of six weeks (i.e. up to 30 hours per week), beginning on June 12th with a Signing and Orientation Day. Then on June 15th, students will report to their designated worksites. Additional activities will take place at BTC's Central Campus, as well. The last day of the program will be July 31st. A preliminary listing of organizations participating in the 2020 program are provided below. 

The Rock Internship Program is a collaborative talent development offering supported by participating employers, Blackhawk Technical College, Rock County 5.0 and the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board.

For additional program details, continue reading below; download the Student or Employer flyer; and/or contact Kerry Osmond, the Internship Coordinator (608.757.7728).

Participating Employers

Student Participation & Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must be at least 16 years and a resident of Rock County, WI, by the Signing and Orientation Day; and be eligible to work in the U.S. and Rock County, WI.
  • Students must be entering their senior year of High School, as identified and/or recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Instruction or an accredited education organization.
  • Students must have parental and/or legal guardian consent and be able to document said consent, by the Signing and Orientation Day.
  • Students must have reliable transportation, ensuring full access and participation as it relates to every program obligation outlined with this manual and the Internship Program Participation Agreement.
  • Students must have an active ACP; be making progress toward fulfilling and/or meeting district-specific ACP requirements; and there must be alignment with the identified internship and the ACP (NOTE: To access and download your ACP, see pages 13-15 of the Rock Internship Student Manual).
  • Students must apply online and submit a completed application (e.g. including one Letter of Reference from an existing district staff or faculty member and an electronic version of of their ACP) by no later than March 20, 2020.

2019 Capstone Presentation

Internships Available

Ag, Food & Natural Resources (Horticulture)

Ag, Food & Natural Resources (Rotary Gardens Horticulture Intern)

This position will work directly with the horticulture staff in the outdoor gardens to gain practical work experience in the overall field of botanical garden maintenance, including but not limited to the following activities: planting, weeding, mulching, pruning, and mowing. The intern will work extensively with annual bed and container plantings, perennials, and woody plantings; and occasionally work indoors on tasks like sorting, labeling, cleaning, and organizing shop equipment.

Ag, Food & Natural Resources (Landscape Crew)

Ag, Food & Natural Resources (Formecology Landscape Crew)

The Formecology crewmember will report to the crew lead/foreman. The primary function of the crewmember will be to complete landscape installation and maintenance tasks including installing plant and stone material and maintenance related tasks. Our office is located in Evansville, but most of our work is in the Madison/Dane county area. A typical full-time schedule is Monday-Thursday, starting at 7 AM.


Architecture & Engineering

Architecture & Engineering (Angus Young Associates Intern)

This position will serve as a team member, working directly with professional architects and engineers on a local project. The intern will have the opportunity to experience, as well as apply, architectural and engineering principles from concept to design.


Architecture & Engineering (Civil Engineering)

Architecture & Engineering (Batterman Civil Engineering Intern)

As a part of our growing civil engineering team, you will assist in the design and construction management of various transportation, land/site development, infrastructure, and facility improvement projects. We provide a supportive work atmosphere, where you will be mentored by respected leaders in the Civil Engineering/Surveying Profession.  

Project opportunities may range from interstate reconstruction field inspection, along the I-39 corridor to local government infrastructure (e.g. Town, City and County) and private sector redevelopment design or field inspection. Examples of duties you may be performing include:

  • Provide assistance to the Project Manager for Construction projects, including maintaining project records and documentation
  • Provide assistance on design projects including plan preparation, data collection, report writing and design field review
  • Provide assistance on traditional construction layout projects and stake-less paving operations
  • Provide assistance in the inspection of highway culverts and local road reconditioning/reconstruction
  • Provide assistance in the inspection of private sector development

Business Management & Administration (Admin. & Accounting)

Business Management & Administration (BTC Admin. & Accouting Intern)

The candidate chosen for this internship will gain exposure in the following areas/duties of the Accounting Department at Blackhawk Technical College:

  • Account reconciliations
  • Entering journal entries into our accounting software
  • Entering, taking inventory and fiscal year end reconciliations of fixed assets
  • Daily and monthly bank reconciliations
  • Accounts payable processing
  • Accounts receivable (entering of contracts, invoice preparation and collection of payments from third party accounts)
  • Process daily deposits
  • Payroll processing
  • Quarterly payroll tax preparation
  • Benefits billing
  • Working with the Purchasing department
  • Reconciling P-cards
  • Auditing expense reports
  • Reconciling daily cashiering sessions
  • Filing


Business Management & Administration (Human Resources - Financial Services)

Business Management & Administration (Blackhawk Bank Human Resources Intern)

As a member of Blackhawk Bank's human resources team, the intern will provide an array of team member support and assistance. In doing so, the intern will gain first-hand knowledge and related experience as it relates to the financial services industry. 

Business Management & Administration (Human Resources)

Business Management & Administration (Kerry Human Resources Intern)

As a member of Kerry's Human Resources Service Center, the intern will provide an array of team member support and assistance. In doing so, the intern will gain first-hand knowledge and related experience as it concerns global employment practices and policies; data collection, analysis and reporting; vendor engagement and contracting; and other duties as assigned.


Finance (Commercial/Retail Client Service Specialist)

Finance (Johnson Financial Group Commercial/Retail Client Service Specialist Intern)

As a member of Johnson Financial Group’s team, the intern will provide support and assistance to Clients and Relationship Manager’s alike.  The intern will perform data entry, data collection, analysis reporting, inter-departmental engagement/support and all other duties as assigned.  In doing so, the intern will gain first-hand knowledge and related experience as it pertains to Johnson Financial Group’s customer expectation standards and policies/procedures. At Johnson Financial Group, you’ll experience a welcoming culture unlike any other that inspires, challenges, and empowers our team to give their best at work and in the communities where they live. 

Possessing excellent communication, computer skills and confidentiality are key qualifications for this intern position.

Fire & Emergency Services (Town FD)

Fire & Emergency Services (Town of Beloit Fire Department Intern)

The Town of Beloit Fire Department is offering an internship for a firefighter career exploration and immersion experience. This internship will immerse the candidate into the daily emergency operations for the fire department and emergency medical services. 

This includes: observatory response to emergency incidents; daily equipment checks; maintenance; skills training; and special project work assigned by the Fire Chief or designee. 

Candidates will be exposed to the work, weather, and potentially hazardous conditions. A uniform is required. Desirable candidates should have a strong interest in pursuing the fire service as a career.

Health Sciences (Clinic Administration)

Health Sciences (Beloit Health System Clinic Administration Intern)


Beloit Clinic interns develop their talent through experiential learning, formal training, and interacting with industry professionals who serve as Intern Managers. Interns learn about the inner workings of the health organization, gain broader perspective on the health field and career options through internship placement, networking events, site tours, and career exploration experiences. Beloit Clinic Interns have the opportunity to learn the importance of ethics and confidentiality, professional behavior and appearance, proper patient interaction - including age-specific competencies, infection control, fire safety and security.

As a Beloit Clinic intern, you will play an integral role in caring for our community. Our goal is to ensure that your intern experience is as rewarding for you as it is beneficial for our patients, families, visitors and caregivers.


  • Work to positively impact the patient care experience by greeting and assisting patients, families and guests by escorting them to and from their appointments and other destinations throughout the Beloit Health System Campus.
  • Clean and tidy rooms after each patient encounter and ensure rooms are adequately stocked.
  • Maintain Comfort in the Waiting Room by offering guests blankets, activities, beverages and updates about their loved ones
  • Work with Clinic Leadership on Special Projects such as Health Fairs, Patient Experience Initiatives.  
  • Acts as an intermediary between clinic administration on behalf of patients and their families.


  • Must be 17 years of age by June 1st
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Requires excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently 


  • Must be able to organize and prioritize multiple demands.
  • Maintains ethical conduct and keeps personal and medical patient information confidential.
  • Adheres to established health system and departmental policies, rules and regulations.
  • Maintains appropriate levels of attendance, initiative and productivity.
  • Reporting Relationship: Clinic Administration


Health Sciences (Environmental & Public Health)

Health Sciences (Rock County Environmental & Public Health Intern)

The Environmental Public Health Intern will be responsible for assisting Rock County Environmental Health staff. Primary responsibilities will be beach, lake, river and stream monitoring to evaluate water quality concerns; conducting a mosquito surveillance monitoring program to assist in evaluating potential vector-borne diseases in the community; and assisting with groundwater monitoring.  The intern would be expected to be able to perform general field collection of samples in a variety of outdoor conditions.  The intern may also provide support to specific public health programs, by presenting materials at health fairs and/or community events.  The internship will also obtain exposure to a large variety of public health roles through job shadowing of sanitarians, health educators, public health nurses, and other public health professionals.  Services are performed under the general supervision of the Environmental Health Director and in partnership with Environmental Health Specialists. However much of the intern’s duties will be conducted independently, in accordance with general instructions and departmental regulations. 




Health Sciences (Radiology, Perioperative Services, and Hospital & Trauma Center))

Health Sciences (Mercyhealth Radiology,  Perioperative Services and Hospital & Trauma Interns)

POSITION TITLE: Radiology Intern

Summer interns will have a combination of experiences from working as a Radiology Aide, to Reception, to job shadowing members of the Radiology team as well as working on special projects.



Escorts or transports patients within hospital or other medical facility by performing the following duties.  Assists with patient exams as requested by technologist, nurse, and physician. May be asked to flex hours/shifts as needed to support the needs of the dept.

POSITION TITLE: Perioperative Services Intern


Individual who act as the central point of communication among patients, partners and providers; responsible for providing front line activities to include registration and overall support services to patients and guests.

POSITION TITLE: Hospital & Trauma Center Intern

Summer interns will have a combination of experiences from working as a (general) Hospital & Trauma Center , to Reception, to job shadowing staff as well as working on special projects.



The intern will perform, as well as provide, various support related tasks within the Hospital & Trauma Center. These tasks may include, but are not limited to: inventory, customer service and other duties as assigned.

Hospitality (Culinary Arts)

Hospitality (Best Events Culinary Arts Intern)

Serve as an important member of the Best Events Catering Team, regularly performing the following tasks and other duties as assigned: basic food preparation, cleaning and presentation related activities within a commercial kitchen environment. 


Manufacturing (CNC & Machining)

Manufacturing (North American Tool CNC & Machining Intern)

As a member of the North American Tool team, the intern will perform a variety of tasks associated with  machining cutting and threading tools according to their manufactured specifications. These tasks include, but are not limited to, the following: blueprint reading, calibrating parts, loading/unloading parts, machinery maintenance, programming machinery, performing quality control, as well as other duties as assigned.

Manufacturing (Industrial Maintenance)

Manufacturing (Frito Lay Industrial Maintenance Intern)

The Frito Lay Manufacturing Maintenance Development Program is designed to build a pipeline of skilled technical talent for future, full-time employment. This portion of the program provides an introduction into the skilled trades, technical thinking, and hands-on experiences. The intent is to provide an opportunity to explore the career of an industrial maintenance mechanic, specifically within a food processing environment.


Interns must possess the following qualifications or attributes to be considered for this program:

•       Reliable and consistent attendance

•       Positive attitude

•       Willing to work with others

•       Ability to follow directions

•       Possess basic mechanical experience (working on car, shop, farm, etc.)


Manufacturing (Operations & Technology)

Manufacturing (Diamond Assets Operations & Technology Intern)

Diamond Assets has several internship positions, ranging from operations to technology. These interns will work as part of a team, assigned to any one of the following topical areas with cross-training/pollination and related exposure opportunities:  MacBooks and iPads device cleaning and refurbishment; inventory and quality control; shipping and receiving; hardware/software support; and other duties as assigned.

Marketing (Chamber & Community Events)

Marketing (FJI Communications, Development & Special Events Intern)

The individual selected for this internship will spend time with each member of the Forward Janesville team, with a primary focus on learning about and facilitating community development projects; developing and managing special events; and various related marketing activities. This will be an extremely hands-off internship - where communication, collaboration, creativity, independence and time management skills will be critically important. Plus, there will be plenty of networking opportunities with area business and community representatives.  

Public Administration (Airport Administration & Maintenance)

Public Administration (Airport Administration & Maintenance Intern)

The Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport internship is designed to provide a comprehensive experience into the facilities, maintenance and overall requirements that are associated with operating a large-scale General Aviation Airport. As such, the intern will work under the direct supervision of the airport's maintenance staff and assist when / where needed. In doing so, the intern will learn and become familiar with airport terminology, markings, signage, lighting, wildlife control methods; and applicable aviation regulations that govern said work. Specific tasks may include, but are not limited to: painting airfield markings; performing concrete repairs; mowing; general building and T-hangar maintenance; inventory; general equipment maintenance; and other duties as assigned. 

Public Administration (GIS, Planning, Real Estate & Zoning)

Public Administration (GIS, Planning, Real Estate & Zoning Intern)

The Rock County Planning, Economic & Community Development Agency intern will provide team member assistance, and support, as they address daily and/or project specific tasks that are associated with any combination of the following topical areas: community and economic development; data research, analysis and report generation; GIS information and mapping; planning and zoning; real estate surveying and development; and other duties as assigned. 

Employer Participation & Eligibility Requirements

  • Employers must allow individuals under the age of 18 years old into their place of business, as it concerns job shadowing and employment activities. Well supervised interns will not present a problem, provided they are not assigned to “hazardous” duties, as defined by OSHA standards. Additionally, employers must agree to consult with their insurance agents (in advance) to ensure they fully acknowledge and understand how workers compensation coverage and related liability issues will be addressed within the context of the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Board (SWWDB) serving as the Employer of Record for this program. For more info, see visit these links: Work Contracts, Employment of Minors, Liability & Insurance and Manufacturing & Construction Equipment and Wisconsin’s Employment of Minors Laws .
  • Employers must agree to cover their financial, as well as technical, support for this program - at $1,800.00 per intern [NOTE: Businesses that participated in the 2019 program are eligible to receive a rate discount; and employers that agree to host more than one intern during summer 2020 will receive a rated discount too].
  • Employers must be in good standing; and in compliance with all applicable local, state and/or federal workplace rules and regulations.
  • Employers must have an established and documented safety plan.
  • Employers must possess a corporate culture that values professional growth and development.
  • Employers must have the organizational capacity to serve as an intern worksite, as demonstrated by past / current earn-and-learn participation and/or other related experiential learning activities (e.g. internships, apprenticeships, job shadowing, mentoring, etc.).
  • Employers must offer a comprehensive, holistic internship experience that extends beyond a specific subject or core competency. For examples, an intern working for a metal fabrication business should be exposed to more than the company’s welding and fabrication operations.
  • Employers must assign a primary contact as the intern worksite supervisor and also provide a secondary or back-up intern contact. The worksite supervisor must participate in the intern interview process; as well as attend the Signing and Orientation Day, and the Graduation Day, events.
  • Employers must agree to work collaboratively and communicate frequently with the Internship Coordinator throughout the Rock Internship Program. This engagement includes, but is not limited to: intern selection and onboarding activities; onsite visits; weekly phone/email communications and related follow-ups; reviewing and signing time sheets, etc.
  • Employers must agree to, if requested, permit the Internship Coordinator to perform a criminal background check to authentic the character of the intern worksite supervisor.
  • Employers must agree to strictly adhere, as well as enforce, the program’s guidelines.


Internship Calendar & Work Schedule

  • March 20, 2020: Intern applications are due by no later than 4:30 PM.
  • March 23 – April 17, 2020: Internship Coordinator conducts onsite (school) district interviews with interns. Specific times TBA.
  • April 20 – May 8, 2020: An interview between the employer and the intern, occurs onsite at the intern worksite. Specific times TBA.
  • May 2020: Internship Placement Confirmations
  • June 12, 2020: Signing and Orientation Day. During this event, interns will participate in various pre-employment and on-boarding activities. The first of three professional development workshops will be incorporated into this event, as well. The location for this event will be BTC's Central Campus.
  • June 15 – June 19, 2020: Week 1 of 6; interns report to their worksites. 
  • June 22 – June 26, 2020: Week 2 of 6; interns report to their worksites. 
  • July 1, 2020: Interns report to BTC's Central Campus for professional development workshops and a field trip. Instructions regarding the intern Capstone presentation will be reviewed, as well. Specific times TBA.
  • July 2 – July 6, 2020  Program breaks for the July 4th Holiday.
  • July 7 – July 10, 2020: Week 3 of 6; interns report to their worksites. 
  • July 13 – July 17, 2020: Week 4 of 6; interns report to their worksites.
  • July 20 – July 24, 2020: Week 5 of 6; interns report to their worksites.
  • July 22, 2020: Intern Capstone presentations are due.
  • July 27 – July 30, 2020: Week 6 of 6; interns report to their worksites.
  • July 31, 2020: Graduation Day event and Capstone presentations at BTC's Central Campus. Specific times TBA.

[NOTE: These dates are subject to change]