What are the goals of an Internship?
internship is a paid or unpaid career-focused experience during which a young
person becomes directly involved in a variety of
professional fields such as business,
government, industry, research, social service, technology, and more.
experience is an opportunity for the student to:
- EXPERIENCE first-hand knowledge about a career or field
- COMPLEMENT academic knowledge with real work
- EXPLORE career options otherwise not considered
- EVALUATE choices to continue secondary education and/or pursue
- ACQUIRE a professional network
- IMPROVE interpersonal skills and talents to fit in a professional
- PROVIDE a competitive edge when applying for jobs and/or
future academic studies
- OBTAIN structured learning goals with supervision and add an experiential
learning component to their education
“My internship provided me not only with professional work experience,
me a competitive edge when applying for other internships,
college applications, and jobs.”
“I changed my career because of my
internship. I decided it was NOT
something I wanted to pursue. I can now re-evaluate
my college major,
this will save time and a lot of money.”
“After High School, I realized no one asked
me about my SAT score,
my experience is what mattered in the hiring process.”
"Nothing compares to experience!"
How can students apply?
- Attend the Internship Information Seminar or contact NWHS
Internship Coordinator, Mrs. Sherry Gowarty in room 306 and/or via email: email@example.com.
- Students will complete an application packet which includes, essay, cover letter and resume, two teacher recommendations, and counselor recommendation.
- Minimum unweighted GPA of 2.5 is required.
acceptance, students must attend three workshops during the Spring semester to
continue with the program.
students apply for the Internship Program?
- Students apply for the internship program in the Spring
Semester of their Junior year of High School.
- To satisfy MCPS requirements and receive course credit
for an internship, the student must commit to scheduled weekly hours during the
school day throughout the semester.
- For each period registered for internship, the student
must complete a minimum of 75 hours per semester at the work site.
- Attendance is recorded at school and at the work site.
- Interns are also responsible for submitting a weekly time sheet signed by their
students consider when contemplating an Internship?
- How many periods can I devote to an
- Can I maintain an excellent attendance record at
school and the workplace?
- Am I ready to work hard and demonstrate a
willingness to learn new skills?
- Am I self-disciplined enough to meet project
deadlines, complete paperwork, follow procedures, communicate with the internship
coordinator, and attend scheduled meetings?
- Can I provide my own transportation or use public
transportation to commute to my internship?
- Most internship positions are not paid. Interns must
assume the expense of commuting.
- What extracurricular activities might conflict with
my internship schedule?
expected of an Intern?
- Interns are
expected to find their own internship. Leads may be provided by the Internship
Coordinator to students who have demonstrated responsibility by looking
for an internship and attending workshops. However, internship leads should not
be expected from the Internship Coordinator.
- Interns will be working in a professional setting and are
expected to act professionally.
- The intern is expected to be punctual, work hard, act
responsibly, maintain confidentiality, and dress appropriately throughout the
- When considering an internship program, a prospective
intern needs to evaluate his/her strengths and talents, interests and goals
that can be offered to a prospective mentor through a professional resume.
- Interns are ambassadors of Northwest High School and are
expected to work at or above expectations.
- Every internship must have final approval from the Internship Coordinator.
What are the
Internship course requirements?
be evaluated by the school internship coordinator using a variety of instruments. The
course grade is based on the following:
- coordinator site visit
- completed intern assignments
- the number of hours completed at the workplace
(required minimum must be met to receive credit)
- evaluation by mentor/site supervisor
- intern produced reports
- oral presentations
- attendance at orientation seminars at the beginning
of each semester and periodically throughout the semester
What must be
considered about an Internship site?
must be considered when searching for an appropriate internship site:
- Work permits are required for interns under 18
- Some sites require interns to be American citizens
and/or over 18 years old.
- The intern must be supervised by an adult at all
- The site must have at least two adult
- The site cannot be located in a private home and
must be a safe work environment.
- Interns may NOT routinely drive as part of the job,
open/or close the business without adult supervision, transport money, perform
work that requires strenuous lifting, or work in or around motor vehicles or
with heavy equipment.
- Internships may NOT be primarily clerical type
may not intern in the same office as parents and/or immediate family.
Exceptions may be given based on special circumstances, but must be pre-approved by
the Internship Coordinator.
What if I have
Internship Coordinator, Mrs. Sherry Gowarty, in room 306 and/or via email: