2015 applications will be available in April at our Open House!
Mechanics in Training is a paid internship program for High School youth aged 14-18. Participants gain valuable mechanical training and job skills in a real-world climate. A dedicated supervisor at Back Alley Bikes will take them through classroom time before the students work as staff in our youth programming as well as on the shop floor at The Hub of Detroit.
Our 2013 Mechanic-in-Training program was funded in part by City Connect Detroit’s Grow Detroit’s Young Talent program.
Eligible youth are encouraged to apply each spring in May. The interviewing and hiring process occurs before school gets out in June. The program begins at the start of summer break and runs until school begins again in September. Mechanics in Training and work will last about 10-15 hours each week and all youth must work on Fridays and Saturdays.
We are looking for young people who are not only interested in bike mechanics, but also in using the bicycle as a tool to organize, empower, and improve our city.
Na’eemah Faison, 2010 Mechanic-in-Training, had this to say about her experience as an MIT:
“In the summer of 2010 I was privileged to be apart of the Mechanics in Training program. The Mechanics in Training program allows you to be opened to the unknown complexities of bikes. The M.I.T program gave me an opportunity to meet new people and find my hidden love for bikes. I learned more about bikes within several weeks than most people learn in their whole lives. I found out how non functional a bike could be when it is missing 1 piece that does not seem so essential. The program also taught me that bike riding is not only a hobby for some but a lifestyle for most. Being apart of the M.I.T program opened my eyes to a whole new world. That is the world of bikes.”