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Who is eligible for Teaching Together Chicago?
Adults who are at least 18 years old, and have a disability are eligible. Candidates must be able to complete Virtus Training as required by the Chicago Archdiocese.
What internship positions are available?
The interns may assist in a variety of school areas including the classroom, front office, library, or maintenance.
When are the internships scheduled?
Interns work approximately of 16 hours per week for 10 weeks. Time frames will vary based on the school’s calendar year.
Where are the interns placed?
The interns are placed in Catholic Schools throughout the Chicagoland area.
Do the interns have to be Catholic?
No, but interns must be respectful of the Catholic Schools’ mission and be willing to assist with religious activities, as appropriate.
What happens when the 10 week internship is completed?
Continued internships are at the discretion of the school. The social service agency will work with the intern to secure future employment.
What supports are available?
Job coaching is available through the social service agency partners.
Can the school retain the intern for permanent employment?
Absolutely. This is up to the school’s discretion.
Is there a cost to the school or intern for the services provided by the social service agency?
No, there is no cost to the school or intern.
Is transportation provided?
No, but social service agencies will assist the intern in identifying potential transportation options.
Is the intern considered a school employee?
Yes. Interns are employees of the school and follow all HR procedures. Interns are paid at least minimum wage. The school and the intern have the opportunity to extend the internship. Under-resourced schools may apply for a stipend to assist with supporting the intern.
What are the benefits of hiring an intern with a disability?
Hiring individuals with disabilities improves the work culture and increases job morale
In a DuPont survey, managers’ report 90% of employees with disabilities rated average or better in job performance
Safety records of people with disabilities are identical
Hiring people with disabilities does not increase insurance liability or workman’s compensation insurance rates
People with disabilities remain on the job longer and maintain better levels of attendance