Career Readiness for students

**Update on In-Person Internships and Work-Based Learning (WBL) During COVID-19**

Updated September 22, 2020

While MCPS schools remain in virtual-only instruction, MCPS-sponsored in-person internships and work-based learning (WBL) experiences—those that  award MCPS course credits with an MCPS teacher of record—will remain on hold at this time. In-person worksite options are considered an extension of the classroom and will follow guidance for the recovery of in-person instruction in school buildings. Internship coordinators and WBL teachers are expected to visit job sites in-person, to ensure safe working conditions and valuable educational experiences for students. In addition, teachers and paraeducators provide in-person on the job training and direct job coaching to many students and is a fundamental aspect of WBL programming.  In order to ensure equitable access to these in-person experiences with appropriate levels of MCPS staff support, MCPS will develop and implement in-person internship and WBL experiences in conjunction with other plans for small group instruction in school buildings, when approved to do so.  In the meantime, state-approved student WBL experiences will continue to take place through virtual internships, capstone projects, and other virtual simulations.


Is Participating in an Internships for You?

  • Do you want exposure to a career prior to high school graduation?
  • Do you think your academic studies have prepared you for the “real-world”?
  • Are you ready to explore a work-based learning opportunity using background knowledge?
  • Are you creative and interested in building a current industry professional network that can guide you to College and Career?
  • Do you want to experience hands-on practice with business partner yet have strict guidance from the Internship Coordinator?

About the Program

An internship is a directed, practical learning experience, outside of the normal classroom setting, in which students sharpen skills, gain experience through structured and monitored work-based learning experiences. Students apply academic concepts, mastery instructional objectives in a professional settings, and develop a direct primary approach to identify organizational operation of local professional companies.

Sample Course Plan for Internship

Sample Courses

Agreement and Internship Forms

High School Internship Program Agreement

Summer Experience Verification Form

  • This  Summer Experience Verification form is for rising juniors or seniors enrolled in a Career and Technology Education (CTE) program of study (POS) which requires an internship as a capstone completion option, and would like to earn the required hours through a career related summer experience.
  • The form must be completed by the student, internship coordinator, and the counselor.

Certifications/Awards for Completing High School Plan

  • None

Local Colleges Offering a Continuation of the Program