X3 INTERNSHIPS

X3 INTERNSHIP

What is X3?

The X3 Internship opens doors to future careers and higher education. The program offers high school students paid work experiences outside the classroom, inside the workforce.

What makes X3 Internships different?

  • Students are paired with local employers to provide meaningful work experiences
  • Students are paid, receiving a monthly stipend
  • X3 works with schools in historically underserved communities
  • Mentors and employers are fully supported by the X3 team
An X3 intern at a medical office

What is X3?

The X3 Internship opens doors to future careers and higher education. The program offers high school students paid work experiences outside the classroom, inside the workforce.

What makes X3 Internships different?

  • Students are paired with local employers to provide meaningful work experiences
  • Students are paid, receiving a monthly stipend
  • X3 works with schools in historically underserved communities
  • Mentors and employer are fully supported by the X3 team

What makes X3 Internships different?

  • Students are paired with local employers to provide meaningful work experiences
  • Students are paid, receiving a monthly stipend
  • X3 works with schools in historically underserved communities
  • Mentors and employer are fully supported by the X3 team
An X3 intern at a medical office

X3 Success Stories

Day in the Life of X3: Amarisa

Take a day-in-the-life tour with Amarisa Barboa, an X3 intern at the City of Albuquerque Office of Equity Inclusion.

Day in the Life of X3: Sarah

Follow along as Sarah Joy Randall gives us a day-in-the-life tour of her outdoor recreation internship with the Friends of the Organ Mountains.

First Steps - Liset’s Story

Liset never imagined a future outside of fast food. See how the X3 experience changed her life as a student, young mother, and aspiring healthcare professional.

Interns Get Unique Experience During COVID-19

Watch this spotlight on how the X3 program adapted to virtual internship experiences during the pandemic.
The X3 internship program has placed 1,000 interns, and awarded over $1.1 million in student stipends.

X3 Success Stories

Day in the Life of X3: Amarisa

Take a day-in-the-life tour with Amarisa Barboa, an X3 intern at the City of Albuquerque Office of Equity Inclusion.

Day in the Life of X3: Sarah

Follow along as Sarah Joy Randall gives us a day-in-the-life tour of her outdoor recreation internship with the Friends of the Organ Mountains.

First Steps - Liset’s Story

Liset never imagined a future outside of fast food. See how the X3 experience changed her life as a student, young mother, and aspiring healthcare professional.

Interns Get Unique Experience During COVID-19

Watch this spotlight on how the X3 program adapted to virtual internship experiences during the pandemic.
The X3 internship program has placed 1,000 interns, and awarded over $1.1 million in student stipends.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

“My internship made me feel like I'm

worth more than working in fast food.”

- STUDENT

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to ensure the experience was valuable

“Future Focused provided the structure

and educational for everyone.”

- MENTOR

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

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enjoyed that my coworkers spoke to

me as an adult.”

“I learned something new each day and

- STUDENT

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WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

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New Mexico’s future leaders, you feel

“When you have a hand in developing

your work matters deeply.”

- BUSINESS PARTNER

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

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to communicate with my colleagues

and teammates about the task.”

to be myself no matter what, and how

“I learned how to use Salesforce, how

- STUDENT

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

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WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

“My internship made me feel

like I'm worth more than

working in fast food.”

- STUDENT

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

"Future Focused provided the

structure to ensure the experience

was valuable and educational

for everyone"

- MENTOR

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

“I learned something new each

day and enjoyed that my

coworkers spoke to me as an adult.”

- STUDENT

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

“When you have a hand in developing

New Mexico’s future leaders, you

feel your work matters deeply.”

- BUSINESS PARTNER

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

“I learned how to use Salesforce,

how to be myself no matter what,

and how to communicate with my

colleagues and teammates about

the task.”

- BUSINESS PARTNER

BENEFITS FOR EMPLOYERS

HIGH RETURN INTERNSHIPS

  • Increase your company’s productivity immediately
  • Improve your employment brand
  • Directly develop your future workforce
  • Become an employer of choice within your community
  • Uplift local youth while filling entry level positions.

WHAT MAKES X3 DIFFERENT?

Interns are vetted, prepped, and paired with employers to help solve your employment challenges. X3 works with schools in historically underserved communities, opening doors to future careers and higher education for marginalized youth. Unlike other internships, the employer is fully supported by the X3 team, and all experiences are fully customized to your organization’s needs.

EMPLOYER BENEFITS

  • Low cost, high value: turn-key approach and seamless integration
  • X3 provides payroll management, insurance, and training
  • Facilitated training for interns and mentors, evaluation tools, 24/7 support
  • In-person, virtual, and hybrid internship experiences
  • 13 week sessions, 12 hours per week
  • $3,000 company contribution includes $12/hr stipend for the intern, payroll management, insurance, training, and evaluation

PROVEN SUCCESS

  • Virtually 100% of job offers accepted by interns
  • 100% of interns report growth in own social capital
  • 60% of interns use stipends to support their families

BENEFITS FOR EMPLOYERS

HIGH RETURN INTERNSHIPS

  • Increase your company’s productivity immediately
  • Improve your employment brand
  • Directly develop your future workforce
  • Become an employer of choice within your community
  • Uplift local youth while filling entry level positions.

WHAT MAKES X3 DIFFERENT?

Interns are vetted, prepped, and paired with employers to help solve your employment challenges. X3 works with schools in historically underserved communities, opening doors to future careers and higher education for marginalized youth. Unlike other internships, the employer is fully supported by the X3 team, and all experiences are fully customized to your organization’s needs.

EMPLOYER BENEFITS

  • Low cost, high value: turn-key approach and seamless integration
  • X3 provides payroll management, insurance, and training
  • Facilitated training for interns and mentors, evaluation tools, 24/7 support
  • In-person, virtual, and hybrid internship experiences
  • 13 week sessions, 12 hours per week
  • $3,000 company contribution includes $12/hr stipend for the intern, payroll management, insurance, training, and evaluation

PROVEN SUCCESS

  • Virtually 100% of job offers accepted by interns
  • 100% of interns report growth in own social capital
  • 60% of interns use stipends to support their families

Information For Students

X3 Applications

You must attend a Leadership High School or a participating high school outside of the network for the duration of your internship. Exceptions must be approved by the X3 team.

Click here to apply online:

Apply for X3
Apply for X3 NeXt
Apply for X3 Santa Fe/Northern NM
If you are not sure which application to complete, ask a Future Focused Education staff member, or email [email protected]

Information For Students

Application

You must attend a Leadership High School or a participating high school outside of the network for the duration of your internship. Exceptions must be approved by the X3 team.

Click here to apply online:

Apply for X3
Apply for X3 NeXt
Apply for X3 Santa Fe/Northern NM
If you are not sure which application to complete, ask a Future Focused Education staff member, or email [email protected]

x3 Next

The X3 NeXt program is designed for young people who have earned their high school diploma or GED equivalent and are interested in a career in construction or healthcare.

The NeXt program supports X3 intern alumni who hope to gain work-based experience while they earn certificates and degrees from the Central New Mexico Community College or the University of New Mexico that are required to achieve their goals.

X3 Next

The X3 NeXt program is designed for young people who have earned their high school diploma or GED equivalent and are interested in a career in construction or healthcare.

The NeXt program supports X3 intern alumni who hope to gain work-based experience while they earn certificates and degrees from the Central New Mexico Community College or the University of New Mexico that are required to achieve their goals.

X3 NEXT: Student FAQ

Student FAQ

WORKREADY CERTIFICATE

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The X3 WorkReady Certificate verifies that interns have developed and demonstrated the professional skills necessary to thrive in the workforce.


These skills may be specific to a particular field (such as nursing) but more generally refer to personal and social skills that are necessary in any workplace (for example, planning, communication, or collaboration). Interns will create a portfolio of their learning and will earn a certificate when they have demonstrated a number of skills that they self-select, according to their future goals and interests.

WorkReady Certificate

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The X3 WorkReady Certificate verifies that interns have developed and demonstrated the professional skills necessary to thrive in the workforce.


These skills may be specific to a particular field (such as nursing) but more generally refer to personal and social skills that are necessary in any workplace (for example, planning, communication, or collaboration). Interns will create a portfolio of their learning and will earn a certificate when they have demonstrated a number of skills that they self-select, according to their future goals and interests.

WorkReady FAQ

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