For HAKS’ Summer Interns — The Future Is Now

Intern-1From mid-May through the end of August, HAKS holds its annual Internship Program in which we provide deserving youth with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in an office environment.

This year, we have a heavy intern presence, comprising of both high school and college students. In addition to hiring interns directly from colleges since 2005, HAKS has been partnering with the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) Summer Internship Program (SIP) to assist in the recruitment of high school students. We have continued our commitment and volunteered as hosts every year since then. The SCA offers paid six-week internships through SIP, which matches interns to available positions based on their career interests and skills. HAKS is one of the firms chosen to serve as intern host for the 2015 program season. The majority of interns go on to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, business, and information technology. These students participate in staff meetings and on-the-job training and are assigned program supervisors who monitor their performance through bi-weekly meetings between the interns and their supervisors. Interns who successfully complete the six-week program receive high school credit. Continue Reading…

A Milestone for the Americans with Disabilities Act

On July 26, 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed into law one of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation—the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This landmark legislation has reducedada25-logo-horiz-300-1 barriers, changed perceptions, and increased participation in community life for millions of Americans. The ADA prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, and transportation.

To be protected by the ADA, one must have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, be a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. It should be remembered that whether a condition is visible or not, it still can result in substantial limitations. Continue Reading…