Rock Internship Program

The purpose of the 2019 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. For a recap of the 2018 program, click here.

Internship placements will be determined by a combination of factors, including but not limited to: match-making / compatibility with student ACP and the types of available internships. The program will last for a total of six weeks (i.e. up to 30 hours per week), beginning on June 10th with a Signing and Orientation Day. Then on June 17th, 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 is August 2nd. Additional program details are highlighted below. 

To participate in the 2019 Rock Internship program, students must apply by no later than Feb. 22nd. 

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 have parental and/or legal guardian consent and be able to document said consent, by the Signing and Orientation Day.
  • 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 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.
  • Students were required to apply online and submit a completed application, including one Letter of Reference from an existing district staff or faculty member, by no later than 5 PM on February 22, 2019. As part of the application process, students will be required to participate in one or two interviews with the Internship Coordinator and/or the intern (worksite) employer. 

Internships Available

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.


Business Management & Administration (Customer Care)

Business Management & Administration (Kerry Customer Care Intern)

As a member of Kerry's Customer Care Department, 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 Kerry's global customer care practices and policies; data collection, analysis and reporting; inter-departmental engagement and support; and other duties as assigned.


Business Management & Administration (Customer Service Representative)

Business Management & Administration (SASid Customer Service Intern)

As a member of SASid's team, the intern will provide support and assistance as it concerns: inbound and outbound phone / email correspondence; performing data entry and other related functions using proprietary software; and providing other types of administrative support as assigned.

Possessing excellent communication and computer skills, as well as an energetic and lively personality, are the key qualifications for this intern position.


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.


Fire & Emergency Services

Fire & Emergency Services (Beloit Fire Department Intern)

The City 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 (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 (Healthcare Administration & Practitioner)

Health Sciences (Rock Haven Healthcare Administration & Practitioner Intern)

Position Summary and Job Duties

Perform a variety of routine to moderately confidential, complex, and administrative duties within various departments and functions at Rock County's Rock Haven facility. The intern will rotate through all areas of the operation. Work involves an increased responsibility due to the confidentiality of information handled. Work requires accuracy and attention to detail.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Have an interest in healthcare administration or related field.

Self-starter, motivated, and attention to detail.

Have basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word.

Have strong people skills and a sense of customer service.

Job Requirements, Education, Training and Experience

Must be prompt and motivated.

Must have reliable transportation to and from the Rock Haven facility.

Essential Job Functions

Shadow various facility leaders and department managers.

Perform various tasks and duties as requested by facility leaders and department managers.

Observe and assist in the Nursing and Therapy Departments. Perform tasks as requested.

Support of Activity department functions, asset with events as directed.

Observe and assist in the Dining Services Department, and assist with dining tasks as requested.

Writing receipts for funds collected, observe manager of patient accounts following up on problem collections and other Financial Department tasks.

Observe and assist in the Environmental and Maintenance Departments, perform tasks as requested.

Interacts with facility residents and families.

Greets and directs facility visitors.

Assist with incoming/outgoing communication intra-inter department and external sources. 

Respond to voice mail, email, and direct inquiries from the facility and outside contacts.

Composes a variety of correspondence as requested.

Other duties as assigned.

Health Sciences (Medical Clinic)

Health Sciences (HealthNet Medical Clinic Intern)

Reception – Assist with answering phones; checking patients into their appointment through our scheduling system (Athena); scheduling follow-ups; new patient and medication pick-up appointments. Performing appointment confirmation and Prescription Assistance Program request calls as needed.

Medication Room - Assisting med-room staff and volunteers with filling medications; helping with inventory and purging of expired medications.

General Duties - Assisting HealthNet staff with sorting donations. Faxing, scanning and copying of documents. Remain in compliance with HIPAA and confidentiality rules and regulations. Other duties as assigned.


Must be at least 16 years of age.

Good communication skills.  


Higher Education Services & General Business

HIgher Education Services & General Business (BTC Intern)

The intern will be assigned to a department within the College, at Central Campus, based on identified career interests and related skill sets. 

Those areas of interest may include, but are not limited to:  Accounting, Human Resources or Student Services.



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. 


Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture (Formecology Intern)

As a Formecology crewmember, the intern 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, as they concern the company's  sustainable, organic landscape commercial and residential services. Generally, most of our the work is in the Madison/Dane county area (Monday-Thursday starting at 7:00 AM).



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 (Engineering & Logistics)

Manufacturing (MPC Engineering & Logistics Intern)

This MPC internship provides a 360-degree experience into the fields of engineering, and logistics. As such, the intern will have an opportunity to work in any combination of the following areas: 3-D printing, engineering, general administrative, inventory management, logistics, quality assurance, tool and die and other areas as assigned. 

Manufacturing (General)

Manufacturing (Scot Forge Intern)

This Scot Forge internship represents a holistic immersion and pathway opportunity for students interested in pursuing a manufacturing related Youth or Registered Apprenticeship and/or career. As such, interns will apply and develop skills that are transferable to any of the following topical areas and/or industrial processes: heat treating, machining, maintenance, quality, safety, tool crib, etc. 

Attention to detail and instructions; as well as situational awareness and the ability to work in extreme temperature and climate elements, are absolute requirements. Additional preferred skill sets and related responsibilities will be shared with interested applicants. 

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 (Advertising, Community Relations & Promotions)

Marketing (Beloit Snappers Intern)

This is an extremely engaging and comprehensive internship, where the intern will be providing direct assistance and support in the following areas: day-to-day advertising, marketing and promotional efforts; community relations; quality control; and other duties as assigned. 

This position is fast-paced and it offers quite a bit of independence, which is why time management; communication, computer and people skills; and the ability to multi-task are important characteristics that we're looking for in a summer intern. 


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.  

Marketing (Non-Profit Development Assistant)

Marketing (KANDU Non-Profit Development Assistant Intern)

Provide administrative and tactical support, for KANDU'S marketing and fundraising activities within a fast-paced environment. Duties will include: public relations; event planning; fundraising support; data entry; filing and reporting; and other duties as assigned.

Must be proficient with computers, Microsoft Office software products and the Internet. 

Must possess excellent communication and organizational skills.



Marketing (Print/Digital Media & Radio)

Marketing (Bliss Communications Print/Digital Media & Radio Intern)


This position provides on-going or discrete project work supporting WCLO/WJVL and The Janesville Gazette.

Essential Functions

Typing or data input.

Gather data from external or internal sources.

Possible phone contact as customer service, answer or route questions from general public.

Perform promotional duties.

Perform creative duties either hard design or web based.


Performance Criteria


Complete assignments in a timely meet deadlines as directed.

Positively contribute in a team based environment with the absence of complaints from internal and external customers regarding service, attitude or conduct, timeliness, responsiveness, etc.


Working Relationships:

Internal: Staff at all levels

External: vendors or customers


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Excellent written, oral and interpersonal skills.

Excellent command of English language reading and writing.

Effective time management and organizational skills.

Must be comfortable working independently and in team environment.

Proficient with MS Office suite of products.

Willingness to learn new duties. 

Scope and Impact of Position

Personnel Supervised - None        

Equipment and/or financial responsibility – General office equipment.

Influence on sales and fulfillment – Accuracy of information increases publication credibility positively impacting circulation and ad sales.

This job description is NOT a contract. The aforementioned responsibilities can change as a whole over time. Tasks can be added / deleted / modified through the joint effort and approval of the supervisor and HR Director.



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 2018 program are eligible to receive a rate discount; and employers that agree to host more than one intern during summer 2019 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

  • February 22, 2019: Intern applications are due by no later than 5 PM.
  • March 4 – March 15, 2019: Internship Coordinator conducts onsite (school) district interviews with interns. Specific times TBA.
  • March 18 – March 29, 2019: An interview between the employer and the intern, occurs onsite at the intern worksite. Specific times TBA.
  • April 1 April 19, 2019: Internship Placement Confirmations
  • June 10, 2019: 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. Specific times TBA.
  • June 17 – June 21, 2019: Week 1 of 6; interns report to their worksites. 
  • June 24 – June 28, 2019: Week 2 of 6; interns report to their worksites. 
  • July 1, 2019: Interns report to BTC's Central Campus for two professional development workshops and a field trip. Instructions regarding the intern Capstone presentations will be reviewed, as well. Specific times TBA.
  • July 2 – July 5, 2019:  Program breaks for the July 4th Holiday.
  • July 8 – July 12, 2019: Week 3 of 6; interns report to their worksites. 
  • July 15 – July 19, 2019: Week 4 of 6; interns report to their worksites.
  • July 22 – July 26, 2019: Week 5 of 6; interns report to their worksites.
  • July 26, 2019: Intern Capstone presentations are due.
  • July 29 – August 1, 2019: Week 6 of 6; interns report to their worksites.
  • August 2, 2019: Graduation Day event and Capstone presentations at BTC's Central Campus. Specific times TBA.