Transition Internship Program (TIP)
Transition Internship Program (TIP) at Boston Center for Independent Living (BCIL)
TIP is an opportunity for youth living with disabilities, ages 16-22, to gain their first and/or second employment experience. BCIL partners with businesses and non-profits who are looking for interns that are committed to becoming great employees, eager to make a positive impression, and ready and willing to learn. To become a TIP intern, students must have a referral from their local Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) office’s Vocational Rehab Counselor. Upon referral, BCIL teaches each youth job readiness skills including job search techniques and interviewing skills, identifies and matches them with an employer where they work on important projects and pays each intern at least minimum wage. Past interns have worked in an office, designed video games, worked as part of a landscaping crew; packaged meals; worked with kids at a summer camp and at a community sailing program.
BCIL provides workshops and one-on-one job readiness instruction, help interns find jobs, and provides Job Coaching to support the interns during their work experience. TIP also has regular (paid) team meetings during their employment. TIP is designed to help interns complete their first competitive employment experience successfully. Interns must live in or go to school in BCIL’s service area (see map at www.bostoncil.org/service-area).
Students may not be eligible if they’ve had previous paid employment in the community, in their school. Unpaid volunteering does not typically count as employment experience.
Previous TIP Internships have included:
- Institute for Human Centered Design, Receptionist
- Piers Sailing Center, Sailing Instructor
- Massachusetts Office on Disability, Officer Worker
- Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Customer Service
- Brightview Assisted Living, Activities Assistant
- Raspberry Beret Vintage Clothing, Merchandiser/Customer Service
- Flatbread Pizza Company, Kitchen Utility Worker
- Massachusetts General Hospital Museum, Front Desk/Customer Service
Contact: Robert Mendes, Youth Employment Coordinator
Office: (617) 338-6665 Ex. 247 | Cell: (774) 504-0809
Boston Center for Independent Living | 60 Temple Place, 5th Floor Boston, MA