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The PELabs program provides a workplace that inspires creativity, entrepreneurialism, and professionalism — student interns work on projects of high value to a business while also developing critical skills that prepare them for their future careers.
Products and services developed by PELabs student interns lean into the STEM fields. Along the way, learning also includes career and life skills, how to develop a network, and how to create a professional portfolio.
How does PELabs work?
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“I was consistently impressed with the students’ eagerness to learn about cutting-edge technologies, as well as their professionalism. The PELabs interns working on the Travelers Alexa Skill project showed high levels of engagement in understanding how companies like Travelers use AI and voice technology, and they developed a proof-of-concept Alexa Skill for Travelers employees to use. At Travelers, we can’t wait to work with more PELabs students to see what new ideas they have for us!”
Number of Participants: 105, grades 9 through 12 (Summer 2020 & Winter/Spring 2021)
Objective: To provide a workplace that inspires creativity, entrepreneurial thinking, and professional development
Graduate Outcomes: For the Class of ‘21, 36 PELabs students graduated and enrolled in college, and 3 secured employment/apprenticeship opportunities
Opportunity: All PELabs student interns receive an Emerging Entrepreneur credential
Other: Three PELabs staff members started their own business while in high school
A Note About Internships: Paid internship experiences are made possible through the generous support of Travelers.
We remain grateful to Hartford Public Schools for their partnership with this effort. We also thank the Travelers Foundation, the charitable arm of Travelers, for providing the resources necessary to make this inspired learning pathway a true opportunity for hundreds of public school students in Hartford.