An internship is an experience in which a high school student takes a responsible role as a worker in a company or organization and then reflects on the experience. Internships are for juniors and seniors and must be at least 135 hours. Students will earn a credit (1) for the internship. Interested students should work with their counselor and internship coordinator to begin the application process. Credit and grades are assigned after the student completes all requirements and submits all work to the internship coordinator. Internship hours can occur in the fall, spring, summer or any combination.
How to apply for an internship:
First determine the area in which you would like to complete an internship. If you are not sure of an area, you may want to complete one or more career assessments to help guide you to an area. For an assessment, see the "Career Planning" page within the HHS Career Development Services website.
If you wish to take the internship in lieu of another class, check with your counselor to determine whether you are on track to graduate.
Find an organization/company that is willing to allow you to complete an internship.
Complete the following forms using the links below to be considered for an internship:
After meeting with the company/organization who will host you - fill out the Internship Agreement with the organization's sponsor/mentor and have the mentor sign, you sign, and your parent sign.
Return all forms to Mrs. Beaster in Student Services.
Once you have met with Mrs. Beaster, you will then complete other forms provided to you in the HHS Internship Guide.
How to find an internship site: Internship Sources
Your family's contacts and family friend's contacts are usually the best sources for providing information on potential internship sites. If a family member is willing to reach out to contact a friend to see if he/she will host you, that is a great way to network in order to find an internship site.
Another way to find internship sites is to complete an Internet search to find local companies you would like to intern with. Once you find companies or organizations that you are interested in, you will need to contact a decision maker at that company/organization to see if they will host you as an intern.
You can also use one of the following sites to find companies/organizations:
Once you find a potential company, you should visit the location in person or send an email to a specific person at that company/organization, requesting an internship. Make sure to dress in professional attire when you visit!
During your internship: Once you are enrolled into the HHS Internship Program, you will be given a HHS Internship Guide which contains all materials you will need to be successful in your internship. You will also gain access to the internship information on Canvas, where you can submit files to your Internship Coordinator. Canvas is a valuable online resource for you, your fellow interns and your Internship Coordinator to communicate, check due dates, send and retrieve files needed during the internship process. Throughout the semester, you will complete the following:
Develop Learning Objectives & Responsibilitieswith the internship sponsor.
Complete a resume with newly acquired internship skills.
Work with the business/organization for 135 hours, logging all hours worked on the Internship Timesheet, signed by the internship sponsor.
Complete a typewrittenInternship Journal with at least ten entries.
Complete six discussion questions.
Complete two honors projects to receive honors credit.
Attend four internship meetings throughout the semester.
Arrange a time for an internship visitation for Mrs. Beaster to meet with the student and internship sponsor.
Create a final electronic portfolio that reflects the student intern's goals, interests, and area of career exploration.
Present the final electronic portfolio. Student must dress in business casual attire for the presentation.
Turn in all paperwork and assignments to Mrs. Beaster on a timely basis.
Ensure that the mentor/sponsor completes the student’s Internship Evaluation which is returned to Mrs. Beaster at the end of the internship.
Complete a student Self-Evaluation form which is given to Mrs. Beaster at the end of the internship.
Write a professional thank you note to the internship sponsor at the end of the internship and provide a copy to Mrs. Beaster.
For more information on the HHS Internship Program, contact Mrs. Dawn Beaster at 919-570-5600 Ext. 20654 or firstname.lastname@example.org