INTRODUCTION / OVERVIEW / PURPOSE

Excel at Georgia Tech is a four-year college program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Certificates are earned in Social Growth, Leadership, and Career Development.

Excel students are independent and goal-oriented. They live on and off-campus in dorms or apartments, join campus clubs and activities, attend college classes with traditional GT students, and complete internships each semester. Students complete a career discovery process to identify their strengths, interests, and career goals.

The Excel Career Team

  • Teaches competency-based career content each semester
  • Advises students on:
    • Understanding and adapting to new workplace cultures
    • Mastering successful workplace behaviors
    • Defining and refining individual career goals
  • Supports internship site supervisors based on employer and student needs
  • Coaches students to success both on and off the job

Become a Partner! Opportunities include:

  1. Host an intern or Hire a student
  2. Offer a tour of your business
  3. Share your expertise as a guest speaker
  • Sample topics include:
    • Company and industry overview
    • What employers are looking for in candidates
    • Your career path
    • Industry job descriptions
    • Application and hiring process
  1. Conduct mock interview(s) on campus or at your business
  2. Attend our Fall or Spring networking event to help students increase communication skills
  3. Conduct informational interview(s) via phone or in-person
  4. Join our Career Advisory Group

Student Intern Expectations

  • Successfully complete internships each semester
  • Develop career-specific skills
  • Adhere to worksite policies and procedures

Internship Site Expectations

  • Establish clear and specific expectations for interns
  • Evaluate performance and provide strategies for improvement
  • Verify monthly time report
  • Communicate regularly with Excel Careers Team
  • Excel carries liability insurance on all student interns
  • Flexible time commitment between 4 to 40 hours per week

Class year

Internship hours/week

Where?

1st year

4-8 hours

On campus

2nd year

6-10 hours

On campus

3rd year

10-15 hours

Off campus

4th year

15-40 hours

Off campus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The internship can be terminated at any time at the discretion of the Excel staff or the internship site.
  • Internships can be paid or unpaid
    • Paid employment can count as an internship and students can receive academic credit. Paid employment is encouraged during the final year of the program to support students transitioning to post-graduation employment.
  • Internship time frame:

Spring Internships

Fall Internships

Mid-January – Mid April

Mid-August – Early December