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Pre-ETS Paid Internship Program

The Arc, Ocean County Chapter Pre-ETS Paid Internship Program will provide mentorships, workshops, applied learning activities, and paid work-based internships to qualified individuals with disabilities ages 14-21 in secondary, post-secondary, or other recognized education programs. 

  • Life and Work Mentors
    Enrollees will have regular group calls with successful professionals with disabilities.
  • Workshops
    Students will participate in independent living and career-focused work exploration workshops that cover a variety of instruction including transportation, financial literacy, interpersonal relationships and self-advocacy, career interest inventory, employer interviews, technology, career advancement, and more.
  • Applied Learning Experiences
    Take home exercises designed to put classroom learning into practice.
  • Paid Work Based Learning Experiences
    Skills trainers will develop a plan with enrollees for a paid internship that meet their career interests. 

“I really enjoyed my internship at the library. I met new people and learned new skills to help me increase my responsibilities as a young adult.” - Elias C., Intern

“I credit the Learn to Earn Pre-ETS Internship Program for my greater understanding of how to manage finances. Also, how to file for federal and state taxation once employed, how to navigate my checking and savings accounts, and how to budget.” - Nia T., Intern

“Working with our intern from The Arc [of Ocean] has been an excellent process from day one. It reminds me coaching little league, where we get to help groom the next generation of service techs. We hope to be able to hire our intern full time once he completes the program.” - Doug Velting, Velting Overhead Door

For more information on Pre-ETS please contact Matthew Brady, Assistant Executive Director of Vocational Services at 732-363-3335 x1110 or by email.