Note to applicants: The Apprenticeship Network intern will need to work out of the GACC Midwest office in downtown Chicago. As such, applicants must either currently reside in Chicago or be available for immediate relocation. Please note that if hired, proof of vaccination will be required.

Compensation: $2,400/month
Duration: 9-12 months full-time

Our company

The mission of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest (GACC Midwest) is to promote and assist in the expansion of bilateral trade and investment between Germany and the United States. All internships offer the opportunity to gain work experience in a truly bilingual and bicultural environment, with support from colleagues that can help speed the learning curve of understanding intercultural differences and nuances.

GACC Midwest Apprenticeship Networks Department supports its member companies and other industry associations, educational institutions and government agencies to cover the demand for skilled workforce in various industry sectors. To this end, we help with the creation of new programs based on the German model of dual education and assist them with the management of existing programs. The position supports GACC Midwest’s intermediary function for the ICATT (Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training) and MAT2 (Michigan Advanced Technician Training) Apprenticeship programs. Find more information about GACC Midwest’s Apprenticeship activities HERE

How You’ll Contribute

Support all aspects of the development, implementation, and management of German-style apprenticeship programs in the US.

This includes the certification of the program framework and content as well as the development, adaption, implementation, and management of mid-term and final examinations for apprentices, based on original exams apprentices in Germany take:

Training & exam development:

  • Facilitate communication with company trainers, examiners, and examinees
  • Edit images and technical drawings to include translated captions and bills of material
  • Organize and format exam documentation
  • Proctor exams virtually and on-site throughout the Midwest
  • Coordinate with industry partners to complete certification process
  • Update documentation and resources on webpage and online testing platform
  • Maintain database related to examinations
  • Support Train-the-Trainer course delivery, virtually and in-person

You may also support our...

... company outreach team

  • Conduct research, such as evaluating job descriptions, using online tools and resources to identify and reach out to potential prospect companies
  • Evaluate company websites to determine whether their processes are suitable for apprenticeships
  • Document company visits and other outreach activities in CRM system
  • Analyze data on trends related to apprentices, e.g. wages, referrals, etc.
  • Conduct other research, analysis and project support as needed

... high school outreach team

  • Evaluate outreach efforts and develop an outreach plan to partner high schools
  • Assist with presentations to students, parents, and other relevant stakeholders (virtual and in-person)
  • Answer inquiries from applicants and other interested parties
  • Support outreach activities to minorities in order to increase diversity of applicant and candidate pool

Assist with other administrative duties as necessary to support GACC Midwest

Qualification and skills of the ideal candidate

  • High-level English language abilities, German language skills are an advantage but not required
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Attention to detail is extremely important
  • Interest in the manufacturing industry and workforce development
  • Basic understanding of the US and German education systems, specifically the US and German apprenticeship systems
  • Experience or knowledge in the field of manufacturing is an advantage
  • Desire to work in a collaborative team environment
  • Experience in teaching or training adults is an advantage
  • Willingness to travel regionally