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Application for the 2016 Future Connections Program can be found HERE

About Future Connections

University Circle Inc’s Future Connections program provides an eight week college and career readiness experience for rising high school seniors. Future Connections currently partners with over 30 organizations and 12 school districts to provide exceptional summer learning experiences that encourage skill development, career development and personal development.

Up to 70 high caliber students will be selected following a formal application and competitive interview process. Students engage in project based internships, under the guidance and mentorship of professionals in a variety of career fields, for 4 weeks in a University Circle cultural institution and 4 weeks in a Greater Cleveland area business. A series of workshops to build life and personal development skills occur before and at the midpoint of the program. The summer experience is culminated with a recognition ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of the students. Future Connections provides a series of workshops during the participants’ senior year to help them prepare for college.

What do students gain from Future Connections?

In addition to a $1,000 stipend, participants gain confidence, maturity and self-awareness; have opportunities to network with professionals; learn workplace skills and acquire knowledge that will assist them in their future academic and career pursuits.

Future Connections interns are not working the typical summer job. Students are placed in organizations based on their career interests, are mentored by professionals and are given tasks to help prepare for their future. Our students have opportunities to: take vitals and observe surgeries at hospitals, counsel and teach children in summer camps, research and implement their own science experiments, curate and build models of art exhibits, create presentations for clients and so much more.

Are you a Future Connections Program Alum?

In an effort to continually improve the program, we are asking all our alumni to complete a short questionnaire to better understand the program's impact on educational and career decisions. Please help us by following the link to participate: Click here to take the Future Connections Alumni Survey

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"The relationships I had with my mentors made me excited and confident about what my future will hold. They encouraged me and the way they love their jobs makes me want the same feeling." - Toni H.

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