Over the course of the year students brainstorm, research, plan, create, implement, assess, exhibit and reflect on their work. Completing the Senior Internship requires creative, academic, professional, organizational, communication and problem solving skills.
Senior Internship is a requirement for graduation. More importantly, it is a student’s chance to turn all that they have done and learned into something that will be meaningful throughout the year and into their future. They will acquire new skills and practice others which will prepare them for college and/or future employment
What can a student expect to gain from their Senior Internship experience?
Senior Internship (SI) is a chance for a student to explore a career field that they are considering pursuing after graduation. The SI will combine a student’s interests, vision for their future, their academic skills and knowledge and will help them make professional connections. Essentially, they will be exploring how they will fit into the professional world.
Internships are designed to teach general work skills while exploring the aspects of a specific career. One part of the internship is to gain a thorough understanding of workplace skills such as colleague ethics, assertive communication skills, teamwork, finances, time management, resumes, etc. A second part of the internship is the research of a specific career field. Lastly, a student will report what they have learned in a professional presentation before a panel of adults.
What is required to be successful in SI?
· Establish a mentor relationship
· Complete a minimum of 60 hours as a volunteer intern at a mentor's business.
· Attend SI class to learn new business skills, meet with an advisor, hear guest speakers and share what you are learning.
· Keep a journal of your experiences.
· Develop a portfolio of your work.
· Write a reflective essay and a research paper.
· Develop a 5 year plan.
· Present your experience to a panel of community members, school personnel and peers.
The SI experience is broken down into four main units: