Internship Program

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Internship Application 2024-25

What Is an Internship?

Internship Program Picture 1"Internship" is a MCPS course designed as a career-focused program in research, business, education, law, government, technology, medicine or social services. Students have opportunities to explore and clarify personal career interests and link school to work. Internships enable students to:

  • recognize how personal skills and talents fit into a career environment
  • form accurate perspectives of what skills and education are needed to be successfully employed and get promoted
  • apply academic learning to practical situations and bring new perspectives back to the classroom
  • develop effective interpersonal skills for the workplace

Why Do an Internship?

The State of Maryland & MCPS has moved towards ALL students being College & Career Ready. NHS is helping toInternship Program Picture 5 accomplish this goal by providing students with an experiential learning opportunity. Internships are an important element of the career development process. An internship is not the same as a short-term job; internships have structured learning goals, provide supervision, and offer an experiential learning component.

When Can Students Enroll for Internships?

Internships are year-long (2 semesters) and are usually completed during a student´s senior year. Students may register for triple, double or single period internships depending on the internship.

Internship Application 2024-25

Students and parents should consider the following questions.

What Should Students Consider When Planning For An Internship?

  • Internship Program Picture 2How many periods can I devote to an internship?
  • What extracurricular activities might conflict with my internship schedule?
  • Can I maintain an excellent attendance record at school and the workplace?
  • Am I expecting 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 intern coordinator, and attend scheduled meetings?
  • Can I provide my own transportation or use public transportation to commute to my internship site? Some internship positions are not paid. Interns must assume the expense of commuting.

What Is Expected of an Intern?

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 to dress appropriately throughout the internship experience. When determining an internship program, a prospective intern needs to evaluate his/her strengths and talents, interests and goals that can be offered to a prospective employer through a professional resume. Final approval of the site rests with the Internship Coordinator.

What Are the Internship Course Requirements?

Internship Program Picture 3Interns will be evaluated by the 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 projects & assignments

How Many Hours Are Required at the Site?

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 site.

Fall Semester through Spring semester during school hours: 

  • i. 3 internship periods = 225 hours per semester in order to pass 
  • ii. 2 internship periods = 150 hours per semester in order to pass 
  • iii. 1 internship period = 75 hours per semester in order to pass Time spent commuting to and from the site is not included

What Must Be Considered About The Site?

Internship Program Picture 4The following must be considered when searching for an appropriate internship site:

  • Work permits are required for interns under 18 years old.
  • The intern must be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • The site must have at least two adult employees.

Interns may NOT routinely drive as part of the job, open and/or close the business without adult supervision, transport money, perform work that requires strenuous lifting, work in or around motor vehicles or with heavy equipment