The GROW Careers Program has paired over two dozen interns with mission-driven organizations since its inception in 2019. Trellis matches young people aged 18*-26 with regional nonprofits and social impact businesses to provide meaningful, paid work experiences. These experiences range from 60 to 160 working hours and include one on one and group mentoring and professional development. Placements are primarily in Montgomery and Chester Counties, Pennsylvania (Lenapehoking), with limited hybrid-remote options.
*Prior Trellis program participants under 18 may qualify
60 – 160 hours
Applications open for Summer placements: February 2024
Applications for Fall placements due by July 1, 2024
If offered a position, the intern has the final decision on their placement. Start and end dates are determined based on the needs and availability of both the intern and the host.
NOTE: Applying does not guarantee placement for hosts or interns.
Matching Young Talent to Local Needs
Both young applicants and potential host organizations fill out an application and undergo an interview process with Trellis staff.
The intern applicant will interview with between 2-3 potential host organizations, which can range from phone/Zoom interviews to a brief day of shadowing or volunteering for both parties to get to know the other.
Ultimately, the youth applicant chooses their final placement.
Ongoing Mentorship and Support
The professional development workshop series is comprised of two tracks:
- Those who are looking to lay their career foundation
- Those who want to build the next step on their career ladder
From creating a LinkedIn profile to building a portfolio, we meet interns where they are in their career journey. Staff meet regularly with both the intern and host to ensure smooth and mutually beneficial experiences.
After the intern successfully completes the GROW Careers Program, they are invited to celebrate at the annual Networking Mixer and are invited to the Trellis for Tomorrow alumni group, a space where we continue to share resources and opportunities.
Past Interns & GROW Youth Projects
- Building a web-based chat bot
- Compiling a three-county resource guide of social services and community support groups
- Community engagement at farmers’ markets and community events
- Grant-writing and research
- Organizing a 5k fundraiser
- Agricultural training at nearby farms and arboretums
Interested in Hosting?
GROW Careers Program hosts receive assistance from a young person with fresh ideas and perspectives, while being supported by Trellis on matching, evaluation, and sponsorship. Contact email@example.com for more information.
- Nonprofit, B Corp, or social impact/mission-driven for-profit organizations
- Must have 2+ employees
- Site cannot be solely within a personal residence
- 10-mile radius, approximately, of Phoenixville or Pottstown, unless fully remote
Currently, we are not focused on recruiting for summer camp counselor positions.
Where the Placements Happen
Since the inception of this program in 2020, we have connected GROW interns with the following organizations:
Check out what our participants and hosts
have to say about their experiences!
Because Trellis for Tomorrow GROW Careers youth programs are supported in part by federal funds, our participants are guaranteed certain rights by law. All of these rights, along with related grievance/complaint procedures, can be found in these documents.
1. Participant Rights and Grievance Procedures
2. Equal Opportunity Notice
3. Sexual Harassment Policy
4. Participant Civil Rights
Trellis for Tomorrow also has its own version of Equal Opportunity policies and grievance procedures. For a full copy of Trellis’s anti-harassment and discrimination policy, including grievance procedures, please click here. Should you require a translation of this document into another language or an audio version, or have questions or concerns, please reach out to our Executive Director at 610-886-4901. Thank you.