We offer programs that provide hands-on experience to support STEM career exploration and preparation during school hours, as an after-school program, and during summer months.
Workplace Learning Programs
We place students interested in experiencing a real work environment as part of their career exploration process with Central Indiana employers interested in developing a more diverse workforce. We arrange for local employers to provide one-day to one-week job shadowing opportunities, predominantly for students in grades 8-10.
We also work with employers to provide one to two semester-long internship experiences for students in grades 11 and 12. DirectEmployers Institute works diligently to find the right match between student and employer and provides all the necessary documentation to support the match, including application forms, workplace job descriptions, and program evaluations.
DirectEmployers Institute also provides coaching for employers on how to communicate with program youth and ways to make work-based learning a meaningful experience for both the student and the employer.
Hands-on Business Simulation Learning
DirectEmployers Institute offers engaging learning opportunities for students in grades 8-12 in its Learning Labs that simulate the workplace environment of partner employers to support STEM fields and business practices. A Learning Lab contains actual workplace equipment and replicates the corporate culture and business practices from a partner employer and can be located anywhere it is needed in Central Indiana, including schools, community centers, and flexible spaces. Learning Labs focus on career pathways, such as life sciences, engineering and design, physical sciences, manufacturing, information technology, and logistics.
The DirectEmployers Institute STEM Employer-in-Residence Program enables STEM professionals from a partnering business to conduct their actual daily work activities in a dedicated space on a school campus. This program offers students the rare opportunity to gain valuable career readiness skills while working side-by-side with STEM professionals in their school environment. Employers-in-Residence also help teachers augment their lesson plans to include project-based STEM learning activities. In addition, Employers-in-Residence coach school counselors on ways to prepare students for STEM college and career opportunities.