Career Compass

Spring 2023 Issue - Released March 8, 2023, updated March 22

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Start your journey with Work-Based Learning! What's in this Issue:

This issue of the Career Compass is jam-packed with opportunities for TSD high school students and new graduates to explore career paths, build technical and essential skills, gain experience, and earn money too!

  • Summer PAID Internships
  • CareerWise Apprenticeships
  • Internships available with Thompson School District
  • Summer Employment in Parks, Recreation, and Aquatics
  • inCompass Fast Track Internship Program for Seniors
  • Larimer County Conservation Corps
  • How to Apply for WBL Opportunities in the Xello Work-Based Learning Network

Did you miss our Work-Based Learning Information Night on February 16th?

Click HERE to view the presentation slides from that event with lots of information and links to opportunities.


APPLY BY MARCH 31st! Summer PAID Internships in ]Manufacturing, Healthcare, Technology, Human Services, Arts & Design, Marketing, and More!


Apply for a PAID summer internship supported by the NoCo Manufacturing Sector Partnership and the NoCo Health Sector Partnership, and coordinated by Larimer County Economic & Workforce Development.

Positions are available in a variety of occupations! Not just traditional roles in manufacturing or healthcare.

21 positions within manufacturing companies available in a wide variety of roles, including: 3D Printing Technician, Electro-Mechanical Assembly, Marketing Assistant, Screen Making Technician, Shipping/Receiving Inventory Assistant, CNC Machinist, Jewelry Shop Learner, and more!

5 positions with healthcare providers available in various clinical and non-clinical roles, including: Human Resources/Finance/Public Relations, Personal Care Provider Assistant, and Youth Peer Specialist in Mental Health Services

  • Who can apply: Open to students age 16-18, graduating seniors may apply.
  • Pay rate: $17/hour
  • Hours/schedule: Interns complete approximately 250 hours during June-August.
  • Locations: Internships available in Loveland, Fort Collins, Windsor, Greeley, Longmont, Frederick, and Westminster
  • Credit: Students can earn elective credit, assigned retroactively.

How to Apply:

  1. Request the Opportunity in Xello
  2. Connect with your school's Work-Based Learning Coordinator for application details and resume/interview support
  3. Learn more and apply at Resume is required.
  4. Application deadline March 31, 2023.

Flyers with more information: Manufacturing Flyer and Healthcare Flyer


CareerWise Colorado Apprenticeships - Earn While You Learn!

Priority Application Deadline is April 14th!

Set up your CareerWise profile now and be ready as positions are posted this spring!

Apprenticeship Basics:
  • 2 and 3 year options starting summer 2023
  • Attend school part-time, work at your apprenticeship part-time (work and earn more during breaks and summer)
  • EARN up to $40,000 in wages
  • EARN a nationally-recognized industry credential
  • EARN free college credit or other related training
  • EARN 1.5 elective credits per semester

More Information about Apprenticeships and CareerWise Colorado:


inCompass Fast Track - Summer Internship & Employment Program for High School Seniors

Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development coordinates this program that provides transitional support with your employment and educational goals through workshops, resume assistance, interviewing preparation, and post-secondary guidance. Cash bonuses for program goal completion.

Multiple positions available. Apply today! Space is limited.

  • Eligibility: High school seniors on track to graduate, age 16-21 years old, U.S. Citizen and Larimer County resident who meet both low income and challenge to employment requirements outlined in the application
  • Pay rate: $17/hour
  • Hours/schedule: Interns complete approximately 250 hours during June-August.
  • Location: Internships available in various locations in Larimer County

Application process:


Grounds Maintenance Summer Internship with TSD Facilities

Keep our athletic facilities in top shape with a PAID summer internship with TSD Facility Services. The intern will get to perform mowing operations, trimming, turf maintenance, irrigation maintenance and repair, and assist with building and installing fences and signage. This internship is a great option for student athletes with flexible scheduling to allow for practice schedules.

  • Who can apply: Open to current sophomores and juniors. Must be age 16 by start of internship, end of May 2023. 10+ positions available.
  • Pay rate: $16.00/hour
  • Hours/schedule: Work up to 40 hours/week, May 31st to August 5th. Flexible scheduling.
  • Location: School sites throughout TSD.
  • Credit: Students can earn elective credit, assigned retroactively.

Application Process:

  1. Request the Opportunity in Xello
  2. Connect with your school's Work-Based Learning Coordinator with any questions and resume/interview support
  3. Use application link in Xello posting to apply. Resume required.
  4. Application deadline is May 5th, 2023


IT Support Technician Internship with TSD Innovative Technology Services

TSD Innovative Technology Services hosts several different opportunities for students throughout the school year and summer:

  • School year internships - Course 5092 - IT Support Tech Internship. You'll gain experience supporting staff and students in your home high school through hardware and software tech support. Available at all high schools and open to grades 9-12.
  • Summer internships - A limited number of paid summer internships are available to process and ready all of the student devices for the new school year.
  • CareerWise Apprenticeship: Look for the IT Support Technician Apprenticeship this fall for a January 2024 start date. Starting wage $15.00/hour, multiple certifications earned.

Application Process:

  1. Request the Opportunity in Xello
  2. Connect with your school's Work-Based Learning Coordinator with any questions and resume/interview support
  3. Use application link in Xello posting to apply. No resume required.
  4. Application deadline is May 5th, 2023


Parks & Recreation and Aquatics - Summer Employment and Year-Round Employment in Aquatics, Recreation, and Parks

Who's Hiring?

  • City of Loveland Parks & Recreation - Chilson Recreation Center, Winona Outdoor Pool, Lake Loveland Swim Beach, Mariana Butte Golf Course
  • Town of Berthoud Recreation - Berthoud Recreation Center at Waggener Farm Park

What's available to youth? (positions vary by employer)

  • AQUATICS: Lifeguards, Swim Instructor, Swim Aide, Slide Attendant, Concessions, etc.
  • ATHLETICS: CARA Program Coaches, Recreation Attendants, Gymnastics Instructor
  • GOLF: Pro-Shop Worker, Cart Range Worker
  • DAY CAMPS & CHILDCARE: Day Camp Aides & Leaders, Rec Center Child Watch Attendant

What else should you know?

  • Summer and year-round part-time positions
  • Opportunities for ages 14 and up!
  • Certification classes are available and reimbursable! Both municipalities offer certification courses for lifeguarding, CPR/First Aid and will waive or reimburse employees for those costs.

How to apply:


Larimer County Conservation Corps

The Larimer County Conservation Corps is hiring for various positions on 2 crews for summer 2023. This is an awesome opportunity for young adults, between the ages of 18-25 years of age, to gain conservation experience, earn money, and potentially qualify for academic credit. Crew Members perform various conservation projects in Rocky Mountain National Park and Larimer County Natural Resources Lands. Corpsmembers are engaged in a combination of hands-on projects and service-learning activities focused on environmental awareness, community engagement and personal and professional skill development.

LCCC is hiring for the following crews:

  • Forestry Crew for Big Thompson, Button Rock, and Red Feather Lakes: Become S-212 certified for safe and effective chainsaw use. Complete tree removal, fire mitigation and restoration projects on public lands throughout Larimer County.
  • Trail Crew for Rocky Mountain National Park and US Forest Service locations in Larimer County: Perform trail construction/repair and maintenance projects. Camp for the duration of the summer, including backcountry (crews are expected to camp Monday – Thursday).

Positions available:

  • Crew Leader
  • Assistant Crew Leader
  • Corpsmember

Timeframe, schedule, and pay varies by crew and by position. Most positions start in May or June and end in August or September. Positions may qualify for academic or internship credit and/or an AmeriCorps Education Award (financial award).

Application Instructions:

  1. Request the Opportunity in Xello
  2. Connect with your school's Work-Based Learning Coordinator for application details and support.
  3. Learn more and apply at
  4. Applications preferred by March 31, 2023.



Interested in these opportunities? Check out our new Work-Based Learning Network that is part of the new XELLO career & college exploration software. In XELLO, you can explore careers and colleges, and discover local companies that are offering job shadows, internships, tours, and more!

Click HERE to learn how to find and request opportunities in XELLO.

Look what's new in the XELLO Work-Based Learning Network! New opportunities added weekly!

Questions? Need help applying?

Application and resume support is available! Your school's Work-Based Learning (WBL) Coordinator and CareerWise staff are available to help you apply and prepare a resume. Resources including resume guides and templates can also be found here.

Here is your school's WBL Coordinator:

  • BHS: Amber Wharton - room 66
  • FHS/TCC: Suzanne Ellis - counseling office
  • LHS: Richy Lynn - room D17
  • MVHS: Erik Kaufhold - room E129
  • TVHS: Ryan Stillahn - room E20

For CareerWise application support - CareerWise Representative: Erika Germer

General information: Please contact Susan Scott, Business Community Coordinator.