Career Readiness & Credential Programs

Career Readiness & Credential Programs

All our members complete a four-day long ARC Career Readiness Workshop during the orientation process. This workshop equips young people who have returned home from incarceration with the soft skills (mock interviews, e-etiquette, etc.) and resources needed to find employment and education opportunities and build basic financial literacy competency (such as building credit and opening bank accounts). Our overarching goal is to create direct pathways into careers, which we aim to do through stronger employer partnerships, creating additional programs in emerging sectors, and supporting financial literacy efforts.

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Workshops

Education on workplace and email etiquette; sexual harassment and workplace conflict navigation; building credit and opening bank accounts; finding the right career to fit one’s needs, strengths, and interests; writing a resume and cover letter; job search best practices; and interview skills combined with mock interviews conducted by employer partners

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Benefits

Members are paid a $300 stipend for their participation and graduate from the program with a fresh resume and certificate of completion!

The Workshop also culminates in a job and college fair during which employer partners join us to celebrate the new graduates and coordinate job placements and offers.

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NBCU

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Dreamworks

DreamWorks offers our formerly incarcerated interns the opportunity to work alongside artists and storytellers in TV and Feature Animation. Interns take a deep dive into real productions, learn the 2D & CG pipeline and get a taste for what it is like to work in a creative environment. Internships are offered annually, three times a year in the Spring, Summer and Fall. Internships are paid, 10 weeks long, and are offered remotely and/or on a hybrid basis, depending on the department.

Internships

We engage in partnerships with studios such as NBC Universal (NBCU), Dreamworks, and Pascal Pictures. The studios provide opportunities for ARC members to connect and network with employees, create career pathways by expanding our internship pipeline, and exploring Below the Line Apprenticeship opportunities. These formerly incarcerated members have shown a readiness and interest to work in the entertainment industry. Since its inception, ARC has had 17 music and workforce pipeline interns; the interns have worked in various departments ranging from Film Technology and Publicity, Music, to Creative Operations, Physical Production and Theatrical Distribution. Through this opportunity, 4 ARC members have been offered full time employment with NBCU.